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HMS HOOD by Salty Dog -1/200 w/Pontos PE

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Tonight I worked and actually completed all 5 of the launchers.  They didn't have many parts and painting probably took the longest. I think they came out nice:

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I started on the paravanes and that's it for all the major sub-assemblies. From there I have to start thinking about the hull and placement of decks and that kinda stuff!  I'm scared! When it's done, who wants to buy it from me?  I have no idea where I can put it!

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Hi people,

I finished the paravanes tonight:

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I actually placed them on their carts and mounts and forgot to take pics. I'll do that tomorrow.

I also added the cables on the funnels:

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Now I'm going to start looking at everything carefully to see what is needed.  During the assembly, there are many very small things that I don't install because they are so fragile. I will start to add them now. Some I can add before I start working on the hull.  I also want to look at what I'm going to do with the rigging, since it will be much easier to install before everything is on the hull. Obviously that won't be possible with all the rigging. Anyway, nite!

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Thanks guys, for all the encouragement. Last night I forgot to upload a picture of something to illustrate just how fantastic this PE technology is.  If you look at the paravanes up above, there are 2 tanks on each "wingtip". I didn't know how they were going to attach, and then I saw it!

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If you look carefully, you can see that there's an actual slot where you can slide the wing into to support the tank! Look at the size of that! And it slides right in. Not tight. Not loose.  Pretty amazing.

Also, tonight is the first time that I put all the big pieces together on the hull.  If I may say so, it looks amazing. Not gloating. It just really looks impressive in black and gold. Can't wait to see it all decked out with all the goodies and rigging.  Hope you guys like it.

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Also, I spend a few hours making these locker cabinet things. Each one has 18 locks you have to bend with tweezers!

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11 hours ago, tigerdvr said:

Truly one of a kind, just stunning.

HJM

Thank you Harley. I imagine there are some that see it as a one of a kind disaster! But I bet if it had really been painted like that, the Bismarck would have turned tail! :D

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15 hours ago, Salty Dog said:

Thanks guys, for all the encouragement. Last night I forgot to upload a picture of something to illustrate just how fantastic this PE technology is.  If you look at the paravanes up above, there are 2 tanks on each "wingtip". I didn't know how they were going to attach, and then I saw it!

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If you look carefully, you can see that there's an actual slot where you can slide the wing into to support the tank! Look at the size of that! And it slides right in. Not tight. Not loose.  Pretty amazing.

Also, tonight is the first time that I put all the big pieces together on the hull.  If I may say so, it looks amazing. Not gloating. It just really looks impressive in black and gold. Can't wait to see it all decked out with all the goodies and rigging.  Hope you guys like it.

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Also, I spend a few hours making these locker cabinet things. Each one has 18 locks you have to bend with tweezers!

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They are ammo cupboards  you will no doubt find them dotted about all over the ship.

 

OC.

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Hello,

She's taking shape. Tonight I did some major populating of the main deck.  Made LOTS of lockers, started installing sub-assemblies, adding details and touching up paint. So much to do. Hard to decide what goes on first, what goes last:

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By the way, in case you haven't noticed the obvious, my work area is a total mess! It gets like that within a few minutes of working.  I will COMPLETELY clear it up, and put tools and materials on a table next to me to leave the work area clean, and before I know it, all the tools and glues and everything else, is up on the work area! Sorry for the messy pictures.

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Hey everybody,

Just a quick update.  I've been slowly placing all the assemblies onto the main deck. Had lots of tiny plastic parts that had to be painted and placed. Also place all the main deck guns, and stuff like the searchlights. Now it's getting very hazardous to work on without snagging something by accident. IMG_0280.thumb.JPG.0905c6ecb5b753fd60adaafa7a7b7254.JPGIMG_0276.thumb.JPG.bd66eebe5859bc5c77c6bf54eecdecfb.JPGIMG_0278.thumb.JPG.e7982870deb2ae3680836ea43fd8419c.JPGIMG_0279.thumb.JPG.4fb88f02558f03ddf4f30f183b4e6fbc.JPG

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I hope you have a plan for when you cement this on the model...........be very careful!  looks really good :)   I have the 1:350 Eduard PE set.......amazing how many similarities........seeing your set is larger than mine.  I like the way the detail stands out. 

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4 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

I hope you have a plan for when you cement this on the model...........be very careful!  looks really good :)   I have the 1:350 Eduard PE set.......amazing how many similarities........seeing your set is larger than mine.  I like the way the detail stands out. 

No plan. Life's too short! haha.

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2 minutes ago, jock2000 said:

Started to assemble the Pom Poms on the Rodney, there are 6 of them with over 60 parts each. I noticed the Hood had only 3 on your model. The hardest part is keeping everything squared.

First time I've been happy that less was better! 3 was bad enough.  Have fun!

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Hey Jock2000,

I looked at the Rodney and you are very lucky you don't have to go through this:

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I rigged them tonight and I can't tell you what a nightmare it is. If you look at the picture above, you have to be EXTREMELY precise as to where you start to roll that PE. Unfortunately, the PE is ridiculously rigid. Forget rolling it.  I showed my wife what I tried.  First I tried your conventional rolling and that didn't touch the PE. I then took a long socket, just a bit smaller than the funnel.  I placed the PE on top of a rubber garage mat, and then I put the socket on top of the PE and I STOOD on it.  All 200 pounds of me had no effect whatsoever on the PE.  And I mean nothing.  Remained as flat as new.  I had to slowly glue it, around the plastic funnel, which didn't allow for the PE to tightly mate with the plastic so this changed the position of some very tiny holes where the cables attach to. Which also changed the position of where the vent pipes go. I didn't know how much this would affect the assembly later on and it did. Tiny holes that should have been right next to a vent pipe, ended up behind the vent pipe.  Stuff like that. Really annoying. And now I have to keep my fingers crossed that the glue doesn't come loose and the PE goes bouncing back like a spring.  MAJOR disaster! Don't know why the chose such tough brass.

But we're having fun....right?

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4 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

Salty Dog, try annealing the brass before bending it. I would think that annealing would soften the brass and make it easier to roll.  But by all means test on some scrap first.   

Hi Mark,

Since I'm not painting the PE, I didn't want to discolor it. But what you suggest is what should be done if you were to paint the PE.

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4 hours ago, Old Collingwood said:

Very very nice work  - this could potentially become a museum piece  - I bet a museum would be interested some where,      its building onto something so nice.

 

OC.

That's very nice of you OC. Don't know if it would qualify for a museum, but it looks good in my room. Can't wait to see it all finished up.

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1 hour ago, Salty Dog said:

Hi Mark,

Since I'm not painting the PE, I didn't want to discolor it. But what you suggest is what should be done if you were to paint the PE.

You can polish it back to it's former lustre

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19 hours ago, cog said:

You can polish it back to it's former lustre

Hey Carl,

You might be right, but I don't know how much polishing these PE part can take. In the case of the funnel covers, they have raised bumps that are pretty rough, and lots of tiny holes where other parts go. Too late for anything now. I just hope they hold.

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It's of no importance now, but you can store it for later use, if ever

 

The black cables will make it come out definitely. Now it fades away slightly against the brass in the background. Lovely job on the derrick. Hope the ones I have to build will turn out just as good

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