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HMS Hood by Dan Vadas - Halinski - 1:200 - CARD - FINISHED

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Danny, as I read (and re-read) this log I find myself shaking my head in disbelief.  I first followed your work on the the Vulture and now through this build. You are truly a remarkable craftsman and an inspiration to me and others.  Many Thanks.

 

best,

John

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Thanks Carl and Popeye :).

 

At the aft end of the Superstructure is a platform for a 8-Barrel AA Gun. Here's the finished article complete with the gun :

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Construction of the gun begins with the base. I glued PE mesh to the card base, top and bottom :

Aft AA Gun Platform (1).JPG

 

Under the base are a number of gussets :

Aft AA Gun Platform (2).JPG

 

Next the two side panels. These were not easy to cut without damaging the fragile piece for the gunsights, but I managed it without any drama :

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A box structure, with plenty of round and square holes, is the support for the barrels and breeches :

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The barrel support and sides glued to the base :

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I'm making all three guns simultaneously :

8 Barrel AA Guns (5).JPG

 

For the breeches the kit supplies some tiny pieces which are almost impossible to make. I actually made two of the 24, which took me over an hour. They turned out OK, but considering how long it took I thought of a better method :

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I binned the two I made (forgot to take a pic :( ) and then laminated four pieces of black card together. I cut several strips 1mm wide, then cut 24 pieces 5mm long. These fit quite well into the square holes, not quite perfect but certainly acceptable :

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8 Barrel AA Guns (8).JPG

 

There are two Magazines either side of each gun, along with a PE frame :

8 Barrel AA Guns (10).JPG

 

The completed guns :

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8 Barrel AA Guns (12).JPG

8 Barrel AA Guns (13).JPG

 

Danny

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Thanks again for the comments guys :).

 

I haven't posted in a while but I've been very busy. Below are the seven 102mm Guns, which have taken me 8 days to build. There are a total of 57 parts in each base/shield assembly, and a further 15 parts in each barrel/breech.

 

As usual construction starts with the base :

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Four stools are fitted to each base :

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Two control panels (?) took a lot of folding and gluing :

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The shields took a full day to cut, fold and glue :

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Final parts of the base assemblies were a pair of steps :

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Some of the parts for the breeches were among the smallest and most difficult parts to cut and fold that I've ever had to do :

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Ready to fit the barrels to the bases :

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And the finished guns :

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Danny

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Thanks John and Fernando.

21 minutes ago, Fernando E said:

Only 8 days to build..... that's how long it would take me to build one!

It's actually quite easy to build them all at once, and only takes about 10% to 20% longer than doing one. Once I set up for a certain stage I can really get a roll-on. Doing them one at a time would take about 5 or 6 times as long.

 

Danny

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Moving on to the Main Guns. There are four of these, none are identical. I'm fitting them with elevating barrels (as per kit) and rotating turrets (my own design). The turret rotators are housed in the bases.

 

They all start out using laser-cut framing :

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One of the finished guns. Details still need to be added, including boots around the barrels :

Main Guns (1).JPG

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Danny

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1 hour ago, cog said:

Must be cold downunder ...

Thanks Carl, not too cold for the middle of winter - about 20 degrees through the day. I have a space heater and reverse-cycle aircon so it's pretty toasty in my workshop :).

 

There were no patterns in the kit for the "boots", which they suggested are made from linen. I made mine from thin paper. First I made a template, this took over an hour to get a good fit :

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I traced the template to spare paper and cut them out. Four of them were a mirror image for the port side boots :

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Next I rolled them into shape :

Barrel Boots (1).JPG

 

And glued them on :

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Danny

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On top of each gun turret is a Range Finder. The framing for these was a bit tricky to make, as they weren't supplied as laser-cut but had to be cut and made from "normal" paper so they were fairly flimsy initially. Once the top was glued on they strengthened significantly :

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These pieces for the direction sights were very difficult to cut and fold without damage, but I managed to do it :

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The four range finders completed. Note that the one on the left has the end pieces fitted back-to-front, an error that I later corrected :

Rangefinders (2).JPG

 

The first one fitted to the turret :

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Barrel Boots (7).JPG

 

Danny

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The aft mast has some intricate work involved. First thing was to make the three legs. These are rolled from paper, with no extra internal strengthening, either wire or tube :

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The legs were then fitted together :

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Three large pulleys were made next. There are 12 parts in each. They are slightly offset in line so as not to interfere with each other :

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The star-shaped platform took some work. Everything lined up perfectly :) :

Aft Mast (2).JPG

Aft Mast (1).JPG

 

The upper section of the mast is made from three thicknesses of brass wire, CA glued together :

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The completed mast, ready to fit to the deck :

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Danny

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