This is my Trumpeter 1/350 scale HMS Hood. I have added the White Ensign Models and both of the Gold Medal Models photo-etch sets to her, sometimes using parts from each set on certain pieces. I have also added the WEM turrets, pom-pom guns, and anchor resin replacements. Scratch-built parts include hatch coamings, additional stanchions, ammo boxes, splinter shield augmentation and replacement in certain areas, fighting top platform, and the mechanisms inside the funnels. I must admit I took a bit of "artistic license" there as I had no good pictures of what was inside the real ones. However, Hood has large funnel openings and I wanted to add something there. Brass barrel replacements are from Modelmarine.de. The rigging was made from stretched sprue and the awning stanchions were rigged with 8/0 Uni thread. Hood is crewed with L'Arsenal scale 1/350 resin figures. Colourcoats paints were used throughout.

I tried to follow the excellent article on improving the kit written by F.W. Allen on the HMS Hood Association website, which I used as my primary resource. I think I accomplished the majority of Franks suggestions with the notable exception of the enclosed signalman's shelters which I just never got around to attempting. There may be other omissions as well because the article is continually being updated and some things appeared after I had passed that phase of construction. Special thanks goes out to John and Caroline Synder and the fine folks at WEM for their advice, photo-etch and resin replacement parts on this project.

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Ted Bunn

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