Full Size Printed Plans battle cruiser Scale 1:192 H.M.S. HOOD L 54" Suitable for Radio control
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Full Size Printed PlansNot a KIT or MODEL
Model of the famous battle cruiser, the largest British to see active warship service.
Full size Printed plan on a sheet 56" x 29" 20lb Bond
Full size printed drawing of superstructure 38" x14"
Drawing 11" X 17"
Ten pages of notes and photos (not all shown)
Scale 1:192 (16'=1")
Beam 6 1/2"
Power Electric four propeller
Note: No R/C or motor shown ( propeller shaft are shown)
By Christopher Bingham
Before going on to describe the construction of the model I want to mention a few things of interest about the ship herself, although little need be said concerning her war-time activities. Most people know about her last voyage either from films or books, but if anyone is sufficiently interested to follow the ship's history there is a book available entitled "The Mighty Hood" written by Ernle Bradford, which is very revealing and contains some useful photographs.
The ship's length was 860 ft., beam o.a. 105 ft., and draught up to 31 ft. When launched her displacement was 41,200 tons standard, and she had a speed of 32 knots. She was armed with eight 15 in. guns set in four twin turrets. The guns each weighed 100 tons and the turrets each weighed 900 tons. Four 15 ft. diameter propellers each weighed 20 tons to give the necessary speed to this battle cruiser. Compare this last dimension with the diameter of the propellers of America's Forrestal class aircraft carriers whose length is 1,000 ft. and displacement 62,000 tons; their diameter is 30 ft. and they each have five blades. Quite a difference !
There is an almost continual sheer from bow to stern except amidships where the deck is horizontal. This, added to the tremendous flare, extending two-thirds of the way back, gives a most striking and graceful appearance and creates an awe-inspiring picture of power and speed. Unfortunately just forward of the X gun the freeboard is very low and on the model it is sometimes less than an inch, depending on the loading. On my model I have found that this is almost the sole reason for any water which may get in on a breezy day.
Now to the construction. I think the only suitable way of building a model of this size and shape is the bread and butter method into which the sheer and flare can be moulded quite easily.