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Title: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 19, 2011, 01:48:45 PM
This is my build of HMS Hood by the Hachette magazine, As this will be my first build shared on a forum, I will be closely following the other builds on Partwork Models Forum for any advice and tips.

The first magazine cost the grand total of 50p, which contained 1 keel section and 2 hull frames with deck supports and spacers, the step by step instructions are excellent especially for beginers to follow.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0333.jpg)

The lazer cut parts are excellant and accurately cut to within less than 1mm tollerence between mating parts, because there is no vertical keel to keep things straight, a base board bigger than the finished ship was aquired, a line was drawn down the centre and finally covered with cling film to stop the parts being glued to the board.

A centreline was drawn down the keel before they were cut free with a knife, working from both sides to aviod damaging the plywood, the first keel was lined up on the base board and fixed down with pins.

The 2 hull frames were prepared as the instructions stated, a centreline marked at the base to line through with the centreline on the keel, the contact areas were lightly sanded to remove the black marks before being glued to the keel making sure they were vertical.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0335.jpg)

The model as supplied with part 1, more to follow soon

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 19, 2011, 02:38:03 PM

Hi Peter,

What are your plans for the build?

 As per instructions?
 Modify as your own preferences?
 Fit RC?
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 19, 2011, 03:15:40 PM
Hi Martin

Plan to build her as supplied by Hachette, but will definitely be R/C ( ships need to be seen in their own environment), it depends on how much room in the hull, I would like to see the turrets turn and smoke from the funnels as well.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Edward Pinniger on October 19, 2011, 06:45:08 PM
I'll be very interested to see this progress, and to see how this partwork compares to the previous Bismarck one. The RN battlecruisers (Hood, Repulse and Renown) have always been my favourite WW2 capital ships (one day I might build a R/C model of one myself!)
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 20, 2011, 01:48:13 PM
Hi Edward

You can't get much easier ships to build than Hachette, their instructions are step by step, showing how each part fits together.

Did you finish your Cutty Sark? I was following your build because I have a Billings Cutty Sark which I want to sail as well.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 20, 2011, 02:04:02 PM
With issue 2 I received the second keel section, 2 hull frames and spacers, 2 deck beams, 2 side frames and 2 10 x 5mm struts, the centrelines were marked on the appropriate pieces and added to the model as photo.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0337.jpg)

The deck beams are loose as instructed, the side frames will not been glued  until after the internal hull has been made waterproof.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 21, 2011, 01:58:11 PM
Issue 3 consisted of 2 hull frames and spacers, 2 deck beams and the third keel section, centrelines marked and glued to the model as photos.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue3.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue3top.jpg)

The model is now 540mm long, and starting to look like a ship, no problems in assembly just needed to sand the ends of the deck beams to give a sliding fit.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Edward Pinniger on October 21, 2011, 06:00:52 PM
You can't get much easier ships to build than Hachette, their instructions are step by step, showing how each part fits together.

I was very impressed by the quality of the fittings and etched parts in the Hachette Bismarck, but am not really keen on the "partwork" idea and definitely not keen on using the "plank-on-bulkhead" construction method for a relatively small-scale model of a steel-hulled ship (though I appreciate there isn't really any other way a 4-5ft long ship model can be sold as a partwork!)

However, I might well end up buying a part-built Hood on eBay eventually (especially if I can find one with a built hull) if any turn up - there have been loads of Bismarck partworks on there over the last year or two, some surprisingly cheap.

Did you finish your Cutty Sark? I was following your build because I have a Billings Cutty Sark which I want to sail as well.

Still haven't finished it unfortunately  {:-{ as I really wasn't happy with how it sailed (due to using cheap RTR radio gear, which I don't do any more !) and it got overtaken by other projects. I still can't decide whether to build it as a working sailing model, or just refit it with decent radio and a working rudder. I'm definitely inclined towards the latter, as otherwise I'd have to fit a removable fin keel; apart from anything else, I'm not sure the hull and keel (never intended to float, and full of holes when I originally got it!) will stand up to the stress of a fin keel, even without ballast.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 21, 2011, 06:55:15 PM
"not really keen on the "partwork" idea and definitely not keen on using the "plank-on-bulkhead" construction method for a relatively small-scale model of a steel-hulled ship (though I appreciate there isn't really any other way a 4-5ft long ship model can be sold as a partwork!)"

Now that's a very interesting comment Ed! I too hated the whole hull construction method and pondered various other ways of making a 50 inch hull in partwork form. I thought about full height sections (keel to deck) styrene hull sliced up down the length of the hull, say about 2" / 50mm long. Each section would be 'rebated' (?) 5-10mm, so the next section glues in 'tongue 'n groove style'.

 ... actually, maybe it would to too big a job trying to keep the whole thing straight!  {:-{

BTW: Don't worry Peter, we'll separate out these "comments" posts into an accompanying topic so as not distract too much from your build.  :-))
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: number-1 on October 23, 2011, 10:06:46 PM
Hello Peter c, Ive also subscribed to the Hood, although Im not starting to build mine untill I recieve most of the keel parts. This will be my first partworks model.
I intend to R/C mine, as you say, a ship needs to be in its "natural enviroment!"
I'll be watching your build with great interest

all the best
Les
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 24, 2011, 01:21:39 PM
Hi Les

Just remember to secure the keel to a flat baseboard before planking the sides, this will keep it straight and look up the 'Partworks Model Forum' for hints and tips on building the Hood, as I will.

Hi Edward

I will stick with plank on frame hulls especially when working indoors, also most tools can be found in a simple household tool kit, but there again I work for a Joinery company.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 24, 2011, 01:32:42 PM
Issue 4 consisted of 2 hull frames and spacers, 2 deck beams, 2 deck struts and 4 side rails.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue4.jpg)

everything attached as previous, side frames and deck beams left loose for fixing later.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: number-1 on October 24, 2011, 08:41:41 PM
Hello Peter, Im also signed up on the partworks forum, just checked my account on Hatchette and looks like my next delivery will be any day now :-))


regards
Les
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 25, 2011, 01:59:34 PM
Hi Les

congratulations on joining the Hood builders, the flat keel is completed in the 6th issue, it should be a beautifull ship when completed, I missed out on the Bismarck but may buy it after completing the Hood.

Issue 5 consisted of the final stern flat keel, 2 hull frame and spacers and 2 deck beams, deck beam 16A is very fragile due to the cutouts for the motors, I treated it gently until i could attach the crossbars in issue 7, but still managed to break 1 side when glueing the spacers in place.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue5.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 25, 2011, 04:25:26 PM
Issue 6 consisted of the final bow flat keel plate, 1 vertical bow keel with support plates, 1 stern deck beam and 2 stern support bars, these were added to the framework.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue6Bow.jpg)
Bow Photo

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue6Stern.jpg)
Stern Photo

The joints were a bit loose so I used folded paper to pack them out.

You can see the fragile nature of deck beam 16A in the photo, by glueing the support bars in place has strengthened the joint, but will still need to be carefull with it until the deck is glued on.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Dan.Lord on October 25, 2011, 04:50:10 PM
Certainly looking good Peter. How many issues will you need to complete the Model ? Keep up the good work Dan.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 27, 2011, 09:59:55 AM
Hi Dan

The total build is 140 issues, I will collect issue 9 tomorrow. :-)

Issue 1                             =     0.50
Issue 2                             =     3.99
!ssues 3-140 @ 5.99 each = 826.62
Total cost                          = 831.11

allowing 250.00 for R/C it will cost just under 1100.00

some people say that you could buy a completed model for less, but I enjoy building them, its easier to hide the total cost from 'er indoors and as the model clubs I belong to display at local shows, I can honestly say to the general public 'Yes I built it'

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Dan.Lord on October 27, 2011, 11:14:48 AM
Hi Peter, I totally agree with you. Yes they are a lot, but over the period of time taken to get them, you don't really miss the money as you would 1100.00.
I would like to have a go myself, but I've never done a plank on frame kit, & would be worried, maybe get a cheaper one to practice on first  O0 O0
Keep up the good work & carry on posting, I'm watching & reading with gusto  :-)) :-))
Cheers Dan.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: derekwarner on October 27, 2011, 01:05:35 PM
Guys...... :o I think we all understand the methodoligity of gluing part A to part B  is simple O0....but must agree with Dan.Lord.....that producing a POF [plank on frame] hull needs practice  >:-o  <:(  & experience   O0........Derek
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 27, 2011, 01:07:23 PM
What are the other series of articles included in the magazine Peter?
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: The long Build on October 27, 2011, 01:16:17 PM
Guys...... :o I think we all understand the methodoligity of gluing part A to part B  is simple O0....but must agree with Dan.Lord.....that producing a POF [plank on frame] hull needs practice  >:-o  <:(  & experience   O0........Derek

Yes but with these mag series is Part A always to Part B ?.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: CF-FZG on October 27, 2011, 06:55:25 PM
Guys...... :o I think we all understand the methodoligity of gluing part A to part B  is simple O0....but must agree with Dan.Lord.....that producing a POF [plank on frame] hull needs practice  >:-o  <:(  & experience   O0........Derek

And what better way to learn than by doing a small part each week.  If it follows the method they used on the Bismarck, you start with the 'easy' sides, and progress slowly to the 'harder' areas like the bottom, stem and stern - followed by a good sanding session and then repeat with the outer layer of planks.

After all - even the experts had to start somewhere %%


Mark.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: number-1 on October 27, 2011, 09:07:14 PM
And what better way to learn than by doing a small part each week.  If it follows the method they used on the Bismarck, you start with the 'easy' sides, and progress slowly to the 'harder' areas like the bottom, stem and stern - followed by a good sanding session and then repeat with the outer layer of planks.

After all - even the experts had to start somewhere %%


Mark.

Exactly my thoughts, thats one reason I subscribed to the Hood myself, a few parts a month to play with, photographic instructions, plus a whole lot of help from fellow Mayhem'ers if needed, what more could you ask for?

Les
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 27, 2011, 10:01:13 PM

Yes, the step by step instructions are a good way to go, but the construction method is not like any other
 boat or kit you'll ever build, (short planks on bulkhead) ... unless it's another Hachette kit.

 That's not meant as an observation, not a criticism.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Dan.Lord on October 27, 2011, 10:28:42 PM
I'm very interested to see how this build progresses. I'd like to give one of these ago one day. I'll wait to see what they bring out next Maybe the KG5  O0 O0
Even I could stretch to a fiver a week, just 2 less beers up the pub   <:(  Maybe not  %%
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 28, 2011, 05:43:27 PM
Hi Martin

The articles in the magazine are:-

'The Hood and its History', this details her development, construction and role she played during the interwar years, it also gives a sample of daily life on board for the sailors and officers.

'Modern Naval Warfare', this starts from 1850 when the first submarines were developed for warfare, through the development of battleships, naval aviation and early sea battles up to the modern navy.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on October 28, 2011, 06:23:05 PM
Issue 7 and 8 completed the framework for the bow, issue 7 consisted of the vertical keel and the hull frames.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0344.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0345.jpg)

Issue 8 consisted of interlocking spacers.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0346.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0347.jpg)

once these horizontal spacers were fitted the vertical keel was solid with no flexing at all, I predrilled some holes to allow for sealing the internal side of the planks when fitted.

With the bow framework completed, only the stern needs completing before starting the planking :-)

Regards

Peter

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on November 03, 2011, 06:24:25 PM
Issue 9 consisted of the stern vertical keel up to the rudder and hull frames, I have not glued the middle hull frames until I sort out the propshafts and motors.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0348.jpg)

Looking at the formers, I presume Hachette will only have the outer propellers working, I want all 4 working.

I am thinking of using 4 Graupner Speed 400 motors with 25mm dia brass propellers, any comments would be apreciated as this is my first ship with more than 1 propeller.

I will be attending the International Model Boat Show on Friday 11th and hope to get some advice about the electrics there.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: tr7v8 on November 03, 2011, 08:58:42 PM
Speed 400s will create a speedboat even 2 let alone 4! I'd use a 280 or 385 size motor.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: rem2007 on November 04, 2011, 02:13:11 AM
looking good, is the hull plank on frame , like the Bismarck build....if so get in touch with Miskin for clamps before everyone else does.

Robert
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on November 09, 2011, 11:05:09 AM
Hi tr7v8

Thanks for the advice, will probably use 385 size motors.

Hi Robert

Yes it's a plank on frame build, I find using notice board push pins work just as well, plus they are cheaper to buy, but if I have any problems with the planks, I will get a set.

I picked up issue 10 last Friday which contained the support side rails and servo control support piece for the stern, the support side rails have been glued together and dry fitted to the stern framework.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/AfterIssue10.jpg)

Here are 2 overall views of the model,

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Overheadviewfromstern.jpg)
Overhead view from the stern

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/sideview.jpg)
Side view

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: john s 2 on November 09, 2011, 01:40:51 PM
Just a thought but could the short planking be replaced in part or more by buying decent lenght planking?S Surely this would make for less sanding and finicking about.John.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: rem2007 on November 10, 2011, 04:16:46 AM
....nice work bench Peter...me and the hounds have been banished with the boats to our new basement, well ok 1880, we just found out, but it will do, apparently if I remove the triangular walled bit in the corner, I'll have more room, its concealing an old water cistern, may keep it in case of a drought...
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on November 14, 2011, 04:39:19 PM
I had a brilliant day at the boat show last Friday, the models were fantastic, I will be proud if my model turns out half as good as the other Hood's on display.

I got everything I needed from the trade stands for the Hood, motors, couplings and propeller shafts so I can now proceed with the stern, I also picked up issue 11 this morning, which contains more parts for the stern.

The model is sitting on a spare table at the work at the moment, so I have to be carefull I don't damage it, the other staff are amazed at how fast its proceeding and can't wait to see it finished, I keep telling them its a 3 year project.

I will post more photos as soon as I sort out the motor positions.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 14, 2011, 04:44:43 PM

Hi Peter,
 Do you have much experience with motor , coupling, shaft alignment etc?
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on November 14, 2011, 05:55:37 PM
Hi Martin

Only what I have read, that is to keep everything in line for the least resistance and to make sure the shaft is greased before using.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 14, 2011, 06:05:00 PM
Light oil for testing!   :-))
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: MCAT on January 19, 2012, 03:21:45 PM
PETER C   Nice work.  the family purchased the first parts for me at Xmas.  have not started yet.

notice you said you have all you need motors shaft's props,   can you tell me what you purchased and what sizes please
I will only have the outer shafts working.

following your build with great intrest

Mick
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: dave301bounty on January 19, 2012, 03:51:52 PM
there are a group of us doing this build ,and keeping up todate is quite important ,we all slipped back over the holiday time ,and did we have to put a lot of thought into claiming things back to ready .it is a very well made job ,really seen some good work coming out .
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Rottweiler on January 19, 2012, 05:32:14 PM
   Hi there,
   I too am collecting the parts for this model.My latest pack came this morning,with a free gift of a zipped pouch containing jewellers screwdrivers,and some screwdriver bits and handle.I couldn't move the zip,and spent half an hour rubbing a lead pencil on the zip and slowly working it open,to get at the contents.the zip works better now but still not easy to open.The sections of the model though,look to be of a good quality,and nicely printed.
 I have at least up to issue 12 now,and so far have resisted making a start on assembly.This is mainly due to the fact that I am already building a 1/96th scale scratchbuilt model of HMS RAMILLIES,which is over 6 feet long.Hood will be on the "backburner" for a long while yet!However,I am enjoying seeing your build,and see it all taking shape,so please keep posting,and good luck with her!
cheers,
Mick
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: wbeedie on January 20, 2012, 12:19:37 AM
I have also opted for this build but only have issues 1-3 yetwhich all arrived today , but am not starting to build until I have at least 15 issues but have been watching this thread , hopefully learning about mistakes made by Hatchette and if any how they will be redone by the modellers here , I was also wondering about the motor and electrical side and anything else as I have never gone down tihis route before and info so far seems sparce in the magazine
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on January 20, 2012, 09:11:03 AM
Happy New Year to all members watching this build.

Apologies for not posting lately, but as you probably know, it gets very busy leading up to Christmas and the build had to be put on one side so that the decorating, Christmas shopping and visits could take over.

The build can now progress which I will post the next installment later.

wbeedie / MCAT - parts 1-11 deal with the hull framework and parts 12-20 (latest issue) start the decking and superstructure, the motors and prop shafts were purchased from Howes models, the motors are Code 260-00 DC 18.0 V and the prop shafts are 27.9cm (11") - M4 stainless steel, they are temporary placed in position at the moment (I may need to replace the outer shafts for longer ones).

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: MCAT on January 20, 2012, 09:36:19 AM
Thanks Peter.

looking forward to your up dates

Mick
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: wbeedie on January 20, 2012, 09:56:50 AM
Thankyou Peter,just the infi I was after at least I can start thinking about buying it now just to be ready
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on January 20, 2012, 09:44:11 PM
Part 11 contained the final parts for the stern and the small stern sub deck, this part was quite fiddly to do due to the small parts making up the stern section

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0352.jpg)

This photo shows the internal motors placed in position, the plastic motor stands had to be reduced to get them closer together, just the outer shafts to fit into place now.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0353.jpg)

According to the issues received (I collected issue 20 this morning only 120 to go) , this completes the hull framework, the next issues start with the sub deck and superstructure.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on January 24, 2012, 10:06:34 AM
With issue 12 we received the first part of the superstructure, this is positioned just behind B turret.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PICT0357.jpg)

On the actual ship, this contained the following:-

Intelligence office, Gyro adjusting space, Electrical artificers daylight workshop. 2 off 5.5" guns to port and starboard and most importantly the cooks kitchen, bakery and bread drying room around the forward boiler room vents and funnel.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: number-1 on January 25, 2012, 08:59:55 PM
Hi Peter, your builds coming along nicely. Like you I intend to have all four props working and with this in mind I drilled 2 Holes through frame 37 inboard of the 2 "notches" in which the outer shafts will fit, this is purely guess work on my part and if im wrong then I havent lost anything by drilling the holes.  :-))

(http://s15.postimage.org/5f2fgjanb/001_Copy_320x200.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/5f2fgjanb/)


A word of warning to anybody who has'nt started their build yet, make sure all your frames are set square to the keel, as i did'nt which led to a few problems.
see my build at  http://www.partworkmodels.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=94&t=2113 for details.

regards Les


Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on January 27, 2012, 07:50:36 PM
Hi Les

I am following yours and other builds on the Partworks forum as well, it's where I get most of my inspiration from. Using the plans I brought from ebay, I have set my propshafts 17.5mm from the centreline to the inner shaft and 37.5mm to the outer shafts, this meant I had to adjust the inner motor brackets slightly, but nothing drastic.

With part 13 we received the bow deck and 1 deck support beam, not a lot to do, just glued the deck support beam in place and dry fitted the deck.

will post picture when camera is fixed

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on January 31, 2012, 01:32:34 PM
As promised, the picture of the bow

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue13.jpg)

Issue 14 starts the superstructure at the stern, this area accommodated the Captain (lower deck area), the Admiral (upper deck area) with the officers cabins going forward up to the rear funnel.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue14.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on February 03, 2012, 06:00:10 PM
Issue 15 continued the work on the stern superstructure,

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0691.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0692.jpg)

nothing difficult, just need to keep the walls square.

I collected issue 22 from the newsagents this morning, it contained the first batch of planking, looking forward to starting.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on February 28, 2012, 10:05:38 PM
Part 16 contained 1 piece of deck and 1 beam, which was for future use.

The instructions detailed the sanding required for the deck cross beams previously placed into position, these need to be fairly loose to enable the deck to be easily removed, after sanding the deck was glued and clamped onto the Cross beams making sure no glue was near the hull formers, to make sure the deck was removed after 1 hour and left to dry overnight, extra clamps were added as necessary.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue16underside.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue16.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on March 02, 2012, 02:09:11 PM
Part 17 just contained 1 piece of deck, this along with the parts previously issued and not used were finally glued in place.

The first item was to glue the deck to the bearers, again making sure that the deck assembly was still removeable, the deck beam issued last week was cut in half and glued to the framework to support the aft structure previously made, this will be the final deck part fitted to this part of the removeable deck assembly.

The instructions stated that the forward structure previously made was to be glued to the deck, I have left this loose on the assumption that it more work done to it and will be covered with brass etched walls later, this may be easier if left off the deck (I can allways glue it in place later if necessary),

2 small wall pieces and shaped sub deck were positioned and glued together as shown in the instructions, again not gluing to the main deck as per the instructions.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue17.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Peter C on March 07, 2012, 01:27:51 PM
Part 18 contained the first parts of the inner walls leading from the Admiral's cabin, after numbering, they were removed from the fret, placed into their respective slot in the deck and glued together, and corners rounded where detailed.

As with the other parts, they are not glued to the deck to allow the brass etched parts to be fixed easily.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue18.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Glyn on March 13, 2012, 04:07:32 PM
Just an observation: has anyone noticed that the photograph - a three quarter stern shot - on the cover of the poster (first issue), isn't actually of the Hood? It appears to be a Resolution class battle cruiser. This partwork has just been released here in South Africa and although I can't afford to build it, I'll certainly be following the construction of the model featured on this blog. Best wishes to all modellers of the mighty Hood, Glyn
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Eric65 on March 13, 2012, 05:37:38 PM
I think the warship leading is the Hood, photo taken from Repulse or Renown.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on March 19, 2012, 02:04:24 PM
Hi everybody

just had to re-register to get back on the forum.

Well spotted Glyn and Eric65 (welcome Eric65 to the forum, hope you will post your builds on here) I've just checked on the Getty Images web site, somebody at Hachette didn't do their research properly. the photo is listed as  the English fleet in Pas de Calais straights in December 1939, Foreground is HMS Renown with HMS Hood in the background.

They could have chosen a better photo of HMS Hood to start the series.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Eric65 on March 21, 2012, 04:11:49 PM
Just reregistered too, glad to be back!

All I need now is for my latest issues to arrive!!!!
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on March 31, 2012, 12:33:34 AM
Part 19 completed the inner walls to this deck, as previous walls, they can be removed for fitting the etched walls, I had to give carefull consideration on building the front section so that i could sand the curved sections without getting the return walls in the way.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0697.jpg)

There is only the stern decking to complete before we start planking.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on April 26, 2012, 11:50:01 PM
Parts 20 and 21 should have been the easyist part of the build, they were the 3 stern deck sections and various strengthener pieces for the planking, these fitted to the formers without any problems but the deck was another matter.

A centreline was marked down the centre to keep everything in line and then placed into position, some of the slots didn't line up with hull formers so I opened up the slots to suit rather than alter the formers.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue2021.jpg)

The second problem was part 105 didn't sit flat on the formers, I checked the deck to make sure it wasn't twisted which it wasn't, then I noticed the stern. Between gluing it up and the glue drying, it had moved and was now twisted.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/TwistedStern.jpg)

After considering a few ideas, the only practical solution was to cut it off and re-glue it back square, using a fine tooth saw it didn't take long to remove it , then I glued a piece of 1.5mm plywood to the stern to allow for the saw cut.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/SternModification.jpg)

Whilst the stern was loose, I bevelled the formers ready for planking, fitting the stern deck in place to act as a guide the stern was re-glued and checked for plumb.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/SternRegluedinPosition.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/SternCompleted.jpg)

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: number-1 on April 28, 2012, 08:20:06 PM
Hi Peter c, I also had to open some of the slots on my deck to get it to fit, glad you managed to fix the stern on your model. Keep up the good work, Im upto issue 27 but had to do some alterations to get the servo to fit  >:-o

regards
Les
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on May 18, 2012, 12:12:19 AM
Hi Les

I'm not that far yet, its being built at work so I only have time during the lunch break, I can do about 3 planks a day so its going to take some time to finish the hull.

Part 22 is the start of the planking, 20 planks total, 10 each side of the stern. All the formers were sanded as far as possible without removing the hull from the board and checked with a loose plank to make sure they laid flat to the formers before fixing.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue22.jpg)

Part 23 continued the planking under the hull, so I've decided to complete parts 23 to 27 together by finishing as much of it before removing the hull from the board, I Will post photographs periodically to show progress.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Bodmin on May 23, 2012, 01:21:38 PM
Hi there,

I have just myself started on this ship myself. I have been away for some time, so I have a backlog of over thirty issues to be getting on with. This is my first attempt at a project of this size so I am watching this post regularly to see if I can pick up any pointers. I'm currently on week 9 and aim to really take my time ( an issue per day) so as to not make any rash mistakes. I only intend to make a display model and would be happy to receive any advice at all.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on May 30, 2012, 03:50:48 PM
Hi Bodmin

This is the largest and most complex build I am doing so far, so I am following the builds on Partworks Model Forum, they have plenty of ideas and tips to follow, personally my best ideas arrive at about 3.00 in the morning, after I have spent days trying to figure out how to do it.

I am slowly planking the hull which follows the lines of the armour plating, also there are 2 layers to do, the other part that needs carefull consideration will be fitting the brass etched details, especially the wall sections.

We just need to take our time and not rush things, I find its better to walk away from the project when things go wrong and start fresh the next day.

Don't forget to post some pictures of your build so we all can follow your progress.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on May 31, 2012, 03:52:01 PM
This post should have been posted last Friday as a continuation to the progress of the planking, but I had trouble downloading the photo onto Photobucket for insertion, apparently low battery power in the camera wouldn't allow me to upload it.

Parts 23 to 26 continued the planking over the anti-torpedo bulge from bow to middle section where the lower deck starts,

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0723.jpg)

The hull is starting to take shape now.

More to follow.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Bodmin on June 01, 2012, 07:33:20 PM
Hi Peter,

I'm a bit behind at the moment and haven't touched it in a week. However I have been a little busy and would rather it have my full attention.

A few pics of my progress are attached as requested.


(http://s13.postimage.org/ovrjutwmr/Hood_Pt5.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/ovrjutwmr/)

(http://s13.postimage.org/64pmko22b/Hood_Pt7_8.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/64pmko22b/)


Regards

Bodmin
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on June 03, 2012, 01:13:12 PM
Hi Bodmin

Your build is looking good  :-)), its supprising how quickly the hull grows as you progress through the partworks.

Keep up the good work and keep us informed on how you are progressing by starting your own blog.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on June 03, 2012, 01:33:10 PM
With the planking going as low as possible without removing from the board, I started to plank the armour belt

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0724.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on June 06, 2012, 07:53:47 PM
Whilst the planking slowly continues, I have decided to start the etched brasswork delivered with issue 35.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue35.jpg)

As this is the first time using etched brass, things Will be taken slowly, the first step is to clean any grease or oil off the brass, leaving all the parts attached to the fret and wearing latex gloves, I wiped it over with white spirits dampened tissue paper, the back needed to be abraded with wet and dry to aid adhesion when gluing to the plywood.

Now its time to start assembly, to remove the parts from the fret, the tags needed to be cut with a sharp knife on a hard surface such as glass or ceramic tile, using anything else may result in the etch bending before cutting, only releasing the door parts as required, otherwise they could become lost, I picked the doors up using blue tack on the end of a cocktail stick, the tip of another cocktail stick was dipped in a pool of super glue then transferred to the back f the door,this was then held in position until the glue went off, I continued until all the doors had been glued into place.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue35DoorsFitted.jpg)

The wall was removed from the fret and glued to the plywood wall with  Araldite making sure the doors were the right way up, picture to follow when side walls are glued into position.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: rem2007 on June 07, 2012, 09:51:21 PM
...when I was doing the Bismarck build and working on the etched fret work, i use a pencil with a little ball of bluetack on the end so the piece being removed didnt ping, once it pings, your on your knees for hours, good luck.
We found the CA available at most pound shops did the trick.

Robert
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: essex2visuvesi on June 08, 2012, 08:08:28 AM
I have very good results with this stuff when sticking etched parts to plastic or wood

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: gregk9 on June 15, 2012, 12:03:42 AM
Hi Pete,
Am now watching your build with interest on here. its building up great and look forward to its completion.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: essex2visuvesi on June 15, 2012, 06:04:29 AM
I have very good results with this stuff when sticking etched parts to plastic or wood



Where did the link go?

Here it is again
http://www.gatorsmask.com/gatorglueorder.html
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on June 22, 2012, 02:38:26 PM
At last the upper planking has been completed, it can now be removed from the baseboard and turned over to complete the other side.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0726.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0725.jpg)

Its surprising how these planks have made the hull rigid, I shall have to try and get more of the brass etched parts fitted to the superstructure, the issues waiting to be completed are mounting up.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on July 18, 2012, 10:38:11 PM
My apologies for not posting in the past few weeks, but I've been very busy both at work and at home, I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to spend on the build.

Now to catch up with the photos.

The hull has now been removed from the baseboard and completed sanding the formers for the planks, I have started at the stern as this seems the most difficult part.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0727.jpg)

I have also managed to glue the brasswork received in Part 35 to the formers, in my excitement of working on the brass parts, I completely messed up the fitting of the return parts, these have now been removed and will be refitted at a later date when we complete the external structural parts.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0729.jpg)

Part 37 is one of the long internal walls, this only had 2 doors to fit before fitting to the plywood wall, it also contained one of the internal corner walls, but as this will be a working ship, I want to provide as much support to the bass as possible, so the corners will be fitted once I have filled the gap with scrap plywood.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/Issue36.jpg)

I hope my next posting will be sooner.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on July 25, 2012, 02:08:44 PM

Woops made a mistake in the last posting :embarrassed: it should have been detailed as Part 36

Part 37 contained the other side of the long internal wall, this was fitted as previous only I glued the brass to the plywood before fitting the doors, and I remembered to drill timber for the portholes that was missed when the ply was lazer cut.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0733.jpg)

The first layer of planking is nearly complete at the bow, the final 2 planks will need to be reduced in width to suit the gap remaining, I hope to complete most of this before I go on holiday.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0734.jpg)

with 'er indoors now working during the evening time in the week, I am managing to do some of the etched brass at home allowing me to catch up on the build.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: wbeedie on August 02, 2012, 08:25:24 PM
Whats the general consensus regarding prop shafts and motors for this build as I dont want to go further than I am until I get these fitted
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on August 03, 2012, 01:59:09 PM
Hi Wbeedie

Its up to the builder on what they want to install, because of the narrowness of the hull, its been designed for the two outer shafts to be powered and te inner shafts running free, personally I have installed 4 M4 shafts with 280 motors, the two internal motors are fitted, I just need to fit the two outer motors, they need to be staggered and are taking up moor room than antisipated, still, there is time to change it if necessary.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on August 03, 2012, 02:13:25 PM
This is my last post before the holiday with 'er indoors and the grandchildren.

Part 38 contained the final brass wall section to the Officers Quarters section, with the plywood packed out and the 3 final pieces glued in place this finished the first section of brasswork, I only need to fill the corner joints with 'green stuff' and file them smooth, then it will be ready for painting.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0736.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0735.jpg)

Not bad for the first attempt, still need to get my joints more tidy though, but that will come with practice.

I'm off to load the car now so I will be back in 3 weeks time with the next installment.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: wbeedie on August 03, 2012, 10:06:35 PM
Thank you Peter what length is needed for the two powered ones am not going with the four as still a novice at this lark  lol Willie
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on August 28, 2012, 01:24:51 PM
Hi wbeedie

I have used 11" propshafts, the inner screws are perfect, but I may need to get longer propshafts for the outer screws, depending on where I can fit the motors, I will not be able to tell until I finish planking the hull.

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: wbeedie on August 28, 2012, 09:35:16 PM
Thanks for that Peter just the info I was after , got the offer in my last lot of mags for the drive gear but think it would work out cheaper buying seperately
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on October 29, 2012, 01:39:19 PM
My previous post seems to have disappeared in the great Mayhem black hole never to see daylight again!  <:(


It was just a quick note to update the build after my recent holiday, I have now completed the first planking of the hull, although the instructions don't mention it, the planking will need to be sanded down before applying the second layer.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/DSCF0763_zps8d23a6dd.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/DSCF0762_zps692a196b.jpg)


In the meantime, the brass etch parts have been slowly applied to their formers, photos will be posted soon.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on December 04, 2012, 02:25:26 PM
Part 38 continued with the shelter deck walls to the Wardroom / Admiral's galley / kitchens situated around the rear funnel casings.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PHOT0118.jpg)

Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on December 05, 2012, 01:48:32 PM
Part 39 completed the shelter deck internal walls around the rear funnel casing, these doors led to the Gunroom and the WO's galley and kitchen,

the walls haven't been glued to the main deck yet, there are still more fittings to be added plus the planked sub deck will be finished and glued down first.

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PHOT0120.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PHOT0119.jpg)

Regards

Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on January 30, 2013, 09:57:16 AM
Its been a long time since my last posting due to the model being put to one side for Christmas with the family and work required on other boats, when I have been able to work on the Hood I have been catching up with the planking of the hull.


The first layer has been sanded smooth and I have started to fix the second layer, these planks are being held in place with masking tape whilst the glue dries so that I don't get pin holes showing, so far I have fitted 5 rows of planks to each side allowing 1 row each side per session.


I will post pictures of the completed planking once it is finished.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on February 21, 2013, 01:18:05 PM
Part 40 concluded the walls to the shelter deck, these formed the rooms to the gunners urinals, Officer's quarters and store rooms, the frets also included some fire hose reel frames and a roll cotton for later use.


the walls didn't have anything to glue to, so I added scraps of plywood for support.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0790_zps912a673a.jpg)

Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on February 21, 2013, 01:27:28 PM
Issue 41 contained the 2 inner wall pieces for the shelter deck for later use, and some plywood spacer pieces for fitting to the underside of the sub-deck


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PHOT0117.jpg)

these pieces were glued as stated in the instructions.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on March 01, 2013, 03:09:07 PM
Issue 42 completed the external walls to the Admiral's and Captain's cabins.


The two plywood spacer pieces fitted previously appeared to be short of the edge, so I packed them out with scrap timber and sanded the bevel back for the ply panels to be glued to.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/PHOT0122_zps2a7bf708.jpg)

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/965df6e8-5e1b-49e6-b6dc-b61d039f5ea3_zps750c891a.jpg)

Regards

Peter

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: tt1 on March 02, 2013, 01:11:00 AM
Still following in the background Peter, as are many others I've no doubt, Looking good  - thanks for the log and please keep posting.
                     Regards, Tony. :-))
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on March 04, 2013, 01:23:12 PM
Hi Tony


Thanks for the note, I know others are following because the views are still rising, I collected issue 77 last week so I am about 35 issues behind at the moment.


Not much was done on the Hood since Christmas because of the cold weather and I was suffering from a viral infection for the past two months, I couldn't get motivated to do any work on it or anything else as a matter of fact, the cough was the worst part, once I started coughing I couldn't stop, it seemed to drain all the energy out of me.


Now much better, the build will continue and hopefully catch up on some of the issues. I want to try to complete the hull so I can sort out the electronics, but Hachette seem to have other ideas as we seem to  jump from one detail to another, nothing is completed fully and we end up with lots of parts in storage boxes awaiting final fixing.


I will confirm what I mean as I work through the issues, next installment by Friday.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on March 08, 2013, 06:33:10 PM
Issue 43 & 44 consisted of the external rail elements to the shelter deck, each rail had a total of 34 brass etched parts to assemble, and some of them were quite small (will have to find my magnifying glass).
 
The instructions started by gluing the 4 main rail elements together, then adding the brackets, but the uprights fitted into a slot in the internal rail which would make it difficult to fit if I followed the instructions.
 
I first glued all the brackets to the internal rail, and then after sanding the mating sidesof the rails, they were finally glued together, this made the rail quite ridged.
 
The holes for the eye bolts were redrilled before they were glued to the outside face of the rails, these were the smallest parts to be fitted being about 2mm in size
 
The final job was to glue seven discs over the portholes on the inner wall of the shelter deck.
 
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0791_zpse7307bbc.jpg)
 
Part of the external wall was also included, but I have left this off until the upper deck pieces are ready to fit, the deck handrails are included on the etch and may get damaged if fitted now.
 
Regards
 
Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: gregk9 on March 10, 2013, 04:57:15 PM
Looking good Peter,
I too have found that some of these "buy/build in series collections are forever jumping from one section to another, instead of finishing one stage completely, so you can put it aside "complete". It does take a lot of effort to remember where you exactly "are" sometimes.
Keep up the fine work !
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Jjdsplace on April 07, 2013, 10:50:23 PM
Going to be good to see how this comes out ihave been collecting this but am holding off building it till I have all parts as when I built the titanic I had to keep waiting for parts
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on April 16, 2013, 11:29:25 PM
I have finally finished the second planking on the hull, the next stage will be filling, sanding and priming the outer surface, applying resin to the inner surface before installing the motors and shafts.
 
I wont apply the final paint until I receive the final parts that need to be fixed to the hull.
 
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/f9f0a10e-a911-4554-92b9-3f93bc6950b3_zpse24b524b.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/f9f0a10e-a911-4554-92b9-3f93bc6950b3_zpse24b524b.jpg.html)
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0795_zps899d7fe6.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0795_zps899d7fe6.jpg.html)
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0794_zps3ae55b4b.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0794_zps3ae55b4b.jpg.html)
Just to show the size of the model, the worktop tiles are 150mm square.
Regards
Peter
 
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on April 20, 2013, 11:34:40 PM
Parts 45 & 46 contained the Port and Starboard external name walls to the Admiral and Captain cabin, because these also had the boat deck railings attached, I will fit them at a later date.


The instructions also required the fitting of the hose reel frames supplied in earlier issues, these were bent into shape and super glued into position, I used a small off cut of balsa clamped to the wall to get them level.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0798_zpseeba7c04.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0798_zpseeba7c04.jpg.html)


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on April 25, 2013, 07:21:15 PM
Parts 47 to 64 deals with the firepower of the ship, both main turrets and secondary guns, the instructions required them to be assembled, painted and stored until required.


I will assemble the guns when required for the build, usually when items are stored, they either get damaged or disappear because I have forgotten where they were put.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on May 03, 2013, 05:49:21 PM
With Part 65 we received the first part of the shelter decking which will be used later, and the plastic bow sections, we will now have the total length of the hull once fitted.


The two bow parts were tried together before glueing, and then glued to the hull with two part adhesive, the second planking at the base was a little smaller than the plastic, I will have to rectify this when I sand the hull.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0800_zps69898c6b.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0800_zps69898c6b.jpg.html)


The instructions also stated that the plywood plating could be fixed. On the Partworks forum, which I am following the Hood build, they noted that the recess formed by the plywood and the planking would be too deep compared to the original ship, so I have followed their builds and added the first planking over the hole before glueing the plywood plating in place. I just need to add a filling strip to the lower recess because it is still too deep.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0802_zpscc2bf569.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/DSCF0802_zpscc2bf569.jpg.html)


This also includes the plywood plating fitted to the stern, which I will have to rectify later.


Regards


Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Jjdsplace on May 03, 2013, 06:05:21 PM
What site is the one you are following
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: CF-FZG on May 03, 2013, 08:30:27 PM
HMS Hood at the Partworks Forum (http://www.partworkmodels.co.uk/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=93)


Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Jjdsplace on February 22, 2014, 08:26:05 AM
Any updates
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on August 18, 2014, 12:21:29 AM
Hi Everybody


Its been a long time since my last post, and so I must offer my excuse.


I was made redundant from my job in March last year and because 'er indoors didn't know about the build, it had to go into hiding in the house. I had a month 'holiday' before I was contacted by an old work colleague who asked me if I would be interested in doing some drawings for him on a freelance basis, to which I accepted thinking it would give me work for a few months, within a few weeks, other companies contact me about my freelance work and I now have half a dozen companies who I regularly work for.


All this work doesn't give me much time to spend with the models especially as I can only work on the Hood when 'er indoors is out, but I have managed to do some work on her which I hope to put on the forum soon.


Regarding the partworks, the collection is now completed with all unopened magazines stored in the loft next to the hull, this is the only safe place from 'er indoors as she doesn't venture up there due to having to use the ladder to gain access and my mention of 'big hairy spiders' living up there.


Regards Peter
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Jjdsplace on August 18, 2014, 09:04:51 AM
Guess your may take as long as mine as I hadn't even started it yet
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: SailorGreg on August 18, 2014, 01:23:50 PM
Isn't 'er indoors going to ask a few penetrating questions the first time she sees you popping out with a brand new 4 foot warship under your arm?   <*< <*<

Or do you have a nice big pool in the loft??  %%
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: hmsantrim on August 18, 2014, 02:02:11 PM
 RE:  Isn't 'er indoors going to ask a few penetrating questions the first time she sees you popping out with a brand new 4 foot warship under your arm.  Just need to disguise it as a big hairy spider which by the time Peter gets back to the build it may be covered with them.. {-)
 
 Frank 
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: ballastanksian on September 08, 2014, 08:46:06 PM
I was tempted to take up this partwork when it was released but I am inspired by your build log Peter. I hope work is still plentiful and that you are having some fun with the Hood or other ships. We all need a bit of a break from large projects.

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: roycv on September 21, 2014, 10:23:33 AM
Hi Peter c, that's a nice little story about getting back into work, thanks for sharing wiit with us.  Nice to hear of people surviving and dealing with the big R.
Good luck
regards Roy
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: peter c on October 13, 2015, 04:43:48 PM
Its been a long time since my last post which was in August 2014, and sadly the Hood and my other models have found themselves a long way down the priority list gathering dust, along with my sailing sessions.


All this was due to starting a new business, multiple household chores and the recent loss of a close member of the family who had been in hospital for the last few months.


But now the winter months are approaching and work has settled into a routine, I have been able to spend a few hours a week bringing my models up to date.


My last post was about the plywood panels at the bow of the ship, this also had to be mirrored at the stern, the previously glued plywood panels being carefully removed and packed out by 1.2mm (2 layers of 0.6mm veneer) before being glued back.


(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i468/darkearth58/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/IMG_0184_zpsba72439d.jpg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/darkearth58/media/Battlecruiser%20HMS%20Hood/IMG_0184_zpsba72439d.jpg.html)


As far as I can tell this has completed the majority of the hull planking and I can return to completing work on the shelter deck, some of this work has already been completed and I will update later in the month.


Regards Peter

Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: ballastanksian on October 13, 2015, 07:48:58 PM
Good to see you back and whittling. I did wonder how she was going.
Title: Re: Battlecruiser HMS Hood - A Hachette Project
Post by: Jjdsplace on October 14, 2015, 07:59:52 AM
At least your getting somewhere as mine is all in a box waiting to be started  (may have to wait for one of the kids to move out so I can get the spare room )