This is my first 1/700 scale kit and although I prefer to work in larger scales, it was a satisfying project. I built for a friend who is a tremendous Anglophile and who has had lunch with Ted Briggs (the last of the three survivors of HMS Hood) and still may be on his Christmas Card mailing list. He bought the kit in Sasebo, Japan while we were on business and after I promised to built it for him. Unfortunately one of his Labrador's thought the kit was a chew toy, before he could hand it over to me. Replacement parts came from Tamiya, USA which provided me with some spares to fix mistakes I made later.

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The kit is from Tamiya and it is accentuated by photo-etch from White Ensign Models. The over all quality of the kit is quite good, although it has a slight warp upward at the bow when assembled. The WEM photo-etch is very detailed but a bit fiddly. I did not enjoy assembling the minor caliber guns, but their appearance is quite convincing once together.

I tried to depict the Hood moments before her demise. Research was the key since this is my first Royal Navy subject. The Hood Association website was invaluable as were answers to my questions here on Steel Navy. I hope the colors are close and I kept her more clean than she was at the time of her loss. I use Model Master Medium Gray FS 35237 for her overall color. I made the rigging and aerials using fine straight brass wire that I just glued in place - no tension required!! I will use this method in the future. I colored it with an indelible black marker before gluing it in place. The stays for the stack I tried to paint unsuccessfully, which resulted in an uneven appearance. The ensign is from a Revell model.

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I used a model railroad engine display case to protect the model, which saved me a lot of effort and makes a nice display. I made the water by painting an undercoat gloss dark green enamel right on to the wood. I added shadows with gloss black paint sprayed from my airbrush. The water itself is gloss acrylic medium bought at an art store. I used this medium in several success coats over a several day period to build up the bow waves, the wake and other waves. I then mixed gloss white with the gloss dark green to come up with a multitude of color variations on a pallet. I used these colors to highlight the bow wave, wave tops and wake going from shades of green on the periphery to white at the point of disturbance. The Hood nameplates came from the kit (plus a spare). I spray painted the plates gold enamel and then filled in around the letters with blue acrylic to replicate the colors of the Hood crest. I am please with how the model turned out and with the overall effect.

Charles Landrum