1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

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1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:21 pm

I have my research/lack-of-progress site here for your reading pleasure ;)

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:05 am

foeth:

Long time not hearing from you!

May I ask a question?

Why 1:350? Could not be more favorable for the sake of detail 1:200 or 1:100?

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:17 am

Hi Karl,

indeed long time no post. Still discussing Bismarck? :whistle:

This model started as the WEM kit, got gradually more and more scratchbuilt and is now fully so. Well, there's a WEM hull deep down. So, that's why 1/350. But my next model will be this scale as well. As far as detail is concerned; there's more here than on the typical 1:192 model. Plus, this is more of a challenge ;)

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:59 pm

foeth,

Yes, still with Bismarck, can you believe it?

I remember that you were working on some pieces for Hood in 2006? Is this the same project?

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:24 pm

Oh sure, I'm not in a hurry ;) It's a lot of work and I had a few other very time-consuming projects (PhD, moving and refurbishing the house and garden and such). But she's nearing completion, I guess. My second etch set should be delivered the coming weeks. Such a set takes a lot of time as well, research wise. Hood will be finished with thebridge equipment that I have never seen done correctly on large-scale models. Perhaps I'll send WEM a set? I did include designs for three pompom models... to be distributed

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:15 am

Foeth,

What do you think of Trumpeter´s 1/350 one? They have been improving a bit, don´t you think?

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:17 am

Looks like a good model, some issues we recently found have been included. A few errors here and there but nothing very difficult to correct. The HMS Hood site has a good article what to correct on the model.

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:05 am

I have updated My blog

The etch set presented in Custom Photoetch Set Part II is now done. There was a slight delay as set received some minor adjustments as required by the etches and I felt I could add one more part. The set was etched by Saemann Ätztechnik in Germany, with excellent results. Here's the result:

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I had three copies make. I decided to spread around some parts to that I would need at least two sets, and one backup. This was probably a good decision; the parts are already falling out of the set as the material holding them in place was designed a bit too thin. An overview with most of the parts is below. The color is a bit off, the material is silvery in appearance.

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All stairs from the previous set were repeated; I made a design error and couldn't fold the steps without breaking them. This should be better, or so I hope. Each deck has stairs etched to size to account for the different deck heights. The spacing between the steps was changed accordingly, so you shouldn't be able to notice the slight variations in height and span. The model will depict HMS Hood just under way, so the accommodation ladders and stairs on the quarterdeck will be stored.

1 Shelter deck of signal platform
2 Signal platform to conning tower platform
3 Conning tower platform to Admiral's bridge (large)
4 Behind torpedo control position
5 Admiral's bridge to fore bridge (direct)
6 Admiral's bridge to fore bridge (via upper plotting position)
7 Forecastle deck to shelterdeck (wide, outboard)
8 Forecastle deck to shelterdeck (narrow, on centerline)
9 Conning tower platform to Admiral's bridge (small)
10 Air defense platform to roof torpedo control position
11 Accommodation ladder, shelterdeck
12 Admiral's accommodation ladder, quarterdeck
13 Fore bridge to compass platform
14 Forecastle deck to shelterdeck (forward)
15 Quarterdeck to shelterdeck
16 Quarterdeck stair platform (stowed version)
17 Foot plates with "Hood", (Checkered foot plates around 12)
18 Flag lockers, grid plus cabinet

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A large selection of cordage reels is included. I found 5 different types and designed them based on photographs on board HMS Hood, and various museum ships.

1 New Quarterdeck hatch aft of Y-turret
2 Hatches for cabinet on main starfish
3 Small cordage reels
4 Medium cordage reeks
5 Very large cordage reels
6 Large cordage reels
(Very small cordage reels places elsewhere)
7 Detail for X-turret and 20" signal light detail
8 Night life buoy (repeat)
9 UP ammo locker hatches (repeat)
10 Assorted detail for electrical winches
11 Semaphores
12 Rigging detail (repeat)
13 Funnel walkways
14 Type 279 radar aerial

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1 Detail for main derrick
2 Assorted eyelets for all derricks
3 Main derrick pulley frames
4 Crane hook main derrick
5 Crane hook small derrick
6 Assorted detail paravanes
7 Assorted detail Pompom director Mk II
8 Escape manhole hatch (omitted in previous set)
9 Assorted detail 4" gun fuse setters
10 Searchlight lanterns
11 Carley float type 17, 8x12 ft
12 Carley float type 20, 5x10 ft
13 Carley float type 19, 5x8 ft
14 Davit detail

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1 Checkered foot plates
2 Small outboard platform of forecastle deck
3 Flag lockers, grid plus cabinet
4 New torpedo hatch (near forward breakwater)
5 Very small cordage reels (not fixed properly)
6 Very small mushroom vents grid
7 Assorted eyelets
8 Awning detail (perhaps too small)
9 Railing around staircases, one end open
10 Railing around staircases, both ends open
11 Torpedo head hatch hinge (on the side of the hull)
12 Hatches ammo storage on shelterdeck
13 Railing around searchlight positions
14 Railing for funnel walkway
15 Railing superstructure (chain)

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1 Assorted detail octuple Pompom Mk V
2 Assorted detail octuple Pompom Mk VI

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1 Assorted detail searchlight director
2 Assorted detail air-lookout position
3 Assorted detail air-defense officer's sight
4 Assorted detail Pompom director Mk I
5 New hatch capstan engine room (near anchors)
6 Aerials MF/DF office
7 Hatch
8 Vickers quad machine gun (repeat)
9 35ft fast motor boat ladders (accidentally added twice)
10 Main mast stays
11 Hatch cover frame
12 Hawse pipe cover
13 Hatches
14 Quad Pompom

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I decided not to use any commercial railing, as HMS Hood has at least 5 styles (one being for the funnel walkway). Note that the railing style on the main deck is 3-bar, wide, while it has a shorter spacing between stanchions on the shelterdeck. The rest of the railing on HMS Hood is all 2-bar.

1 Railing quarterdeck and forecastle deck
2 Railing shelterdeck
3 Railing superstructure (chain)
3 Railing superstructure (bar)

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:17 pm

Foeth,

So you, in reality, discarded some 40-50% of the main model kit and geared on the Foeth Precision Model Kits into action! It' s awesome.

Will need some photos of the finished project. I expect to see it soon, to be honest. Don' t let the cat get near it, ok? Cats and models cannot occupy the same space.

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:27 pm

Main model kit? What main model kit? And I have 5 casts and no problems with my model. ;)

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:30 pm

:shock:
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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by foeth » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:39 pm

Two paravanes were mounted just aft of the conning tower, stowed to a bulkhead. Two others were stored in the lockers in the forward breakwater. There are many pictures of paravanes at The Vickers Photographic Archive. The size was determined from several Anatomy of the Ship series and estimates from photographs.

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I used a drawing from the Grand Prix Shuppan series as a starting point for the design of the etched parts. Most early Japanese warships had Royal Navy style equipment on board and this drawing is an excellent match.

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Note that the paravanes are not stored flat to the bulkhead, but at an angle. There's a lifting eye on the superstructure and a hoist on the paravane that is off center so this was probably the easiest way to store it.

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The part itself is made up from a tapered tube (lathe) and a series of etched parts. The cradles are already fixed to the models. The hoists aren't in the same spot, but these parts are very very small and also not well visible when fixed to the model.

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There isn't really much else to say, except that they are very small and took about five hours to assemble.

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Re: 1/350 HMS Hood, scratchbuild

Post by RF » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:09 am

This is a striking picture. The pencil looks quite like a carniverous shark in comparison!!!
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