Thank you Ed and Doug - I must admit to feeling a little pleased with myself. The rod is manufactured by www.albionalloys.co.uk/. I discovered it at my local model railway shop, which carries quite a few useful bits and pieces for model boats. Sea trials planned for later this week or early next. Hopefully Octman will be ready with his camera to video the event. Steve
Almost at he end of what has been a long, sometimes frustrating, but very satisfying build. As the masts and spars are very thin, using my usual fishing line as rigging was going to cause problems with getting anything like the correct tension. What I ended up with was 0.45mm nickel silver rod. The fineness of the rod gave it a natural 'sag' for radio aerials and it is rigid enough for stays and supports. Hope someone finds this useful. Steve
The local BBC are holding an event, 'It's all about the Dogs', at Cob House Country Park on the 10th June 2018 (Sunday), from 10am to 4pm. Worcester Model Boat Club will be putting on a static and demonstration sailing display as part of the day.
Hi Peter If you look at this website http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/models/trumpeter/trumpeter2... you will see that there are enough incorrect items to drive you mad. I have decided to get it as accurate as the kit allows. I have installed a Graupner 6v smoke generator in each funnel with a computer fan at the base of each - yet to be tested. I propose to switch them on and off with a receiver controlled switch. I would like to be able to colour the smoke but have yet to find the correct formula. Steve
For those of you who have never built a Trumpeter kit, I can strongly recommend it. Although Hood is 1/200 scale, the detail is fantastic and an awful lot is fitted into the 1.2m length of the model. I think a wooden deck is a must, together with an upgrade kit for the guns, giving them metal barrels etc. I'm not sure if the more expensive upgrades are worth it as there is so much provided in the kit, including a lot of photo etch. I tried to mechanise the main turrets but found it beyond my skills, so I am now concentrating on the finer detail. I have at last managed to obtain the 2kg of lead which I estimate is required for ballast. (I calculated this very scientifically by floating the hull in the bath and using a 1.5kg jar of frankfurters). Sea trials are planned for the middle of next week. The attached images show progress so far.
I thought you were going to bed! Hadn't thought about transducers, but Octman has a Southampton tug and he fitted them, to no effect. May be the same discussion. I'll ask him. Thanks for the tip. I have the same sound system in my Sovereignty and I put the 4" speaker under the compass platform. I then drilled many small holes in the deck, which sounds terrible, but doesn't look amiss (even better with the 'monsoon roof' on) and works well. Steve
Hi Doug. I'm very much the novice with smoke so although the 6v gives enough for one funnel, a fan may be necessary. Real smoke rises of course and I didn't realise that the generated stuff falls as well. There is enough room in the funnel, but as you say, no updraft. The other complication is that I also want to use the funnels to let the sound out for my Shockwave2 sound system. All good fun. Going to bed now. Steve
Hi Peter. Sorry to hear about the non arrival of your deck. I must say that I am very pleased with the way mine fits and looks - I have done all bar the 'rear deck' and as I said, provided you start off accurately, the rest follows. Please see the post above which I sent to Doug. I hope I have solved the smoke generator issue. Regards Steve
Hi Doug. Fitted 6v genny into funnel which I can charge using the syringe through the top - therefore, no reservoir required! Bench test suggested no fan required though picture doesn't do it justice. I'm quite pleased with the effect so will order another 6v for the second funnel. I propose to switch them on and off with an Rx controlled with from HobbyKing. Pity that the 'smoke' is not darker in colour - there must be someone out there that has solved the problem? I've had a look at the link you sent. I see they need 24v and are quite expensive. I also se that Ed (Figtree7nts) has been in touch re morse 'message'. Cheers. Steve
Having sorted the wooden deck, I would now like to have smoke from the funnels (no pleasing some folks you may say!). I have no experience of smoke generators, but I have just got a Graupner 12v system. I am hoping it will generate enough so I can just use the one and manifold it - with brass tubing perhaps? - through both funnels. Can anyone help please? Thanks Steve
Doug. Many thanks for the tip re reinforcing the edges. I noticed they were curling with the backing paper on. I will take your advice and use superglue - I have only fitted one section so far. We have friends on holiday in New Zealand and the missus found the deck care advert whilst trying to find some 'useful' information about that part of the world, hence the connection. I found part 2 more entertaining, particularly the bit about caulking. Steve
Hi Peter. That’s one thing you have to be careful of. Very difficult if not impossible to reposition. Dry fit first then peel back the backing as you go so you don’t expose too much sticky. If you get the first few cm lined up the rest will follow. Best of luck. Steve Steve
Just fitted my first section of deck. It is very accurately cut and the sections come away from the main panel very easily. It sticks to the plastic deck well. All in all, very pleased, considering the price. Peter, you should have received yours by now? Steve
The deck has arrived and two days before the due delivery date! It was boxed and well packaged to avoid damage in transit and came complete with two lengths of the promised (free gift) anchor chain. Fitting will be a steep learning curve as this is my first one, but there is plenty of help on youtube. In fact, should it need any treatment, my wife has found some helpful hints and tips here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmeoYKYctw. I will keep you posted. Steve
I have just started using a Turnigy 9x Transmitter with 8 channel and 10 channel Receivers. (I did ask why they didn't make a 9ch Rx but got no satisfactory explanation). I have found the kit to be very good value for money but each time I select a different model, I find I have to re-bind the receiver. Not a big problem, but inconvenient. Is anyone else having the same problem? Thanks Steve
For Sale. Plank on frame wooden hull scratch built from original plans by Vic Smeed. 86cm L by 28cm B. She is very well made, though I can't claim for construction as I bought her part built. I re-painted, added the drive train and electrics as well as detailing the the deck house and upper deck. Twin brushed fanned 540 electric motors with Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp ESCs. 2.4ghz Tx with four channel receiver. Navigation lights and searchlight. (Need final wiring) I think she looks good on the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6ELvkWcM-4&t=20s Collection only please. £210 ONO.
Hi Doug My two objectives for the detailing kit would be the main armament (metal barrels etc) but most importantly, a wooden deck. Do you know when the deck is fitted, before, during or after construction of the boat? Cheers Steve
Gentlemen, today's question. I have four motors in my, under construction, 1/200 HMS Hood. They are wired with two dual esc's, one for the port motors and one for the starboard. I have a Turnigy 9x transmitter. I would like to be able to use the port and starboard motors for maneouverabilty (I think that's how you spell it), eg reverse starboard, forward port etc. This is in addition to all four ahead and reverse and right and left rudder. It would be great if I could do all this with one stick. I have done something similar with a Spectrum 6ch and two motors using such things as VTail and Flaperon, but instructions with the Turnigy are not that clear. Is anyone willing to take up the challenge? Thank you Steve
Thanks for the help Doug. The £160 set looks attractive but it seems to duplicate some of the photetch (eg, railings and funnel detail) in the original kit, do you know if this is the case? Also, have you any experience with the crew figures. Can you make the three dimensional when folded? Thanks. Steve
Getting fed up with struggling to the pond with my 54" fast attack craft, I visited Dean's Marine last Saturday with a view to getting a smaller warship kit, to make life easier. I had a conducted tour of the showroom by Ron and had almost decided on HMS Daring, at a mere 36" long, when he said that there were more kits in the shop, which I might like to see. And what did I come away with? - yes, 54" of the 1/200 scale HMS Hood. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/models/trumpeter/trumpeter2... I blame my mate, Octman (aka Chris), for allowing such an act of folly! I hope I have not bored you with my tale of woe, but for those who are still with me, my question relates to the fine detailing kits available. Some of them cost almost as much as the original kit, but my main objective is to have a wooden deck. Does anyone know where I can purchase a good quality deck on its own? I am also looking for 1/200 figures for the crew. Thank you Steve