Sunday, 23 February 2014

Fortnightly Issues again!!!!

Just had this bit of information from my newsagent -

The Hood pt 125 on sale 26th Feb will revert to fortnightly frequency from Pt 125 - 130, it will revert back to weekly from Pt 131.

To say this is a joke is an understatement!!!!!talk about stretching it out... So this stretches the weeks even further.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Latest additions - January 2014

Well its all over and were back to work (don't all cry out at once), the good news is the magazine is now up to 117 and it looks like some superstructure, I'm taking a guess at some aft superstructure, but it's all MDF so far, lets wait and see next week.
I've just been looking over these parts and have worked out what they are, its the lower part of the conning tower, the small 'coming in issue 118' picture shows what looks like a deck part, so I've had a look at the 'Tehnoart' model and its show a different coloured decking. (see picture below) This is of course wrong, the 2 picture's inset are from 1: Colin Vass (left) and 2: Nick Dogger (right), they show the correct colour, which can be found on the 'Association' web site
III. AP507B– Home Fleet Medium Grey/Bridge decks:
  • Bridge decks: The lowest two decks were likely still covered in corticene. The colour would be somewhat faded. Suggest dulling/lightening the corticene colour with a grey colour. Try to approximate the colour of "chocolate milk." The upper bridge decks may have been covered with corticene, weathered semtex (see description below) or with dark grey paint (AP507A).

I think its worth bringing this up now just in case you commit to adding a lighter/teak coloured deck and build around it, then, it would be too late. Let's see on Wednesday to confirm what I've just said..huh (fingers crossed)

I did manage to get some goodies over Christmas, first a great Airbrush Spray Booth, I really wanted this for all those small bits we have been getting (what seems like forever), and a great little book  "Super Drawings In 3D" by Stefan Draminski, yes there are some errors, but there will always be errors unless they are produced by some well known authors or by the 'Association' but for a guide to adding those extra details and using this in conjunction with the 'Association's' web site it could be invaluable.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Build update!!..2014 onwards

I have not given up, unfortunately the company (Hatchette) have in their wisdom supplied small deck parts up till now and as such finishing the hull would become a problem due to turn the model upside down, I have decided to wait until the hull parts (prop and rudder ect) have been supplied, this may be right at the end, I will have to live with that, but saying that I will probably start making the smaller parts as separate little models.

Thank you for your patience, I have every intention of completing this model, so far the collection is on 117, with 23 more weeks/issues to go, the latest has finally shown some superstructure!!

Once we get Christmas and the New Year celebration out of the way plus my 3rd grandchild (Jack) delivered safely then building can commence. So by July 2014 all the parts will be completed.

Happy New Year.


Friday, 31 May 2013

B/W to Colour

Something of a passing hobby of mine is to colourize B/W pictures, nothing serious and certainly not earning money out of it. I enjoy doing it, there far from perfect but what they do is bring to life that majestic ship.

I don't own the copyright and have tried to contact those owners, please contact me, but remember who coloured them :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

R.T Grogan's Iron Duke, Repulse & Hood

Interesting these 2 wonderful shots were mistaken for HMS Hood!!! 

Click below to see more great actual colour film stills.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Hood Build - Week 47/51

It's been a while again, I've still been working on the model but parts have taken time and I was not going to rush it, I think the hold up was trying to figure out a way to incorporate metal barrels, instead of jumping in and not thinking I took some time out and had a look around at how other modellers have approached the subject.

I've also got myself a new camera (Fuji T200) which has given some excellent results, it's only a small compact but it does have some manual setting and as I workout what they do I can hopefully better my pictures and quality.

What about the live stream the other day at 2844metres down in the Denmark Straight, that was fascinating, for those not aware there is a expedition to recover HMS Hood's bell, located in the debris field of the stern area, the last footage I've see was the ROV come within 10cm of the bell with superstructure overhanging, unfortunately they had to abandon the dive due to bad weather, I hear it starts again on 28th.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Hood Build - Week 43/46

Things are starting to get serious now, these next 4 issues have parts that I have decided to hold off for a while, at least until I know what and how they join to the main hull.  I have also decided to make some serious adjustments to the 'railings', have a look at you own peril.

It seems Hatchette don't follow logic with this build, not a problem as I/we still seem to be enjoying it but it would be nice to finish some areas first.
HMS Hood has hit the news in 2012 it seems, there is talk of bringing the ships bell up and putting it a museum..good I say, those sailors who died need a memorial. Daily Mail story