As this version of HMS Hood depicted the ship in her 1931 configuration, I knew going in that:
- With the seaplane catapult and crane featuring prominently in the vignette I wished to model, I was going to need a lot of photo-etch;
- With a particular scenario in mind (the failed launch of Hood‘s Fairey IIIF floatplane on June 26, 1931), I was going to need to finally sculpt a water base from scratch;
- With builds on the horizon that would benefit from hyper-detailing, I wanted to finally try laser-cut wood decks;
- As the ship was painted in the somewhat particular AP507A scheme during this period, now would be a great time to try White Ensign Colourcoat Enamels.
So, with the exception of the photo-etch, this build was going to feature a number of techniques and methods I would be trying for the first time.
Thanks to the wonderful research found at the HMS Hood Society’s website, I knew that several modifications were going to be needed to accurize the ship:
By this time, decks by Wood Hunter arrived from China. Shortly after their arrival, and frustration I may have been feeling was washed away by this sight:
Finally the ship started coming together. Turned-brass barrels by Aber replaced the kit’s supplied plastic ones, the AP507A was going on flawlessly, and the modular form of the superstructure began to take shape. After five months (two months waiting on decking, three more being buried in work and grad school) Hood finally started to look like her namesake.
Stay tuned for part II of the build log, as the plastic phase wraps up and we devote ourselves to hours with the Hold-N-Fold and EZ Line!