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Jul 15, 2007, 05:58 AM
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Fleetscale HMS Hood

Here are the first pictures of my latest project, HMS Hood in 1/144 scale.
Prop tubes,rudder are in.
Power is from 4x 12 volt fan cooled 500 class motors(I intend to run an esc for each).
Frames are in and ready for glassing and painting.
Sub decks will then be bonded in to provide a stable base for main decks and superstructure.
I intend to hold the rear decks and superstructure down with neodine magnets onto peg locators.
Next to build is the battery frames for the 12 volt 7ah jelly cells and 6volt nimh packs for radio functions.

Main decks are going to be planked with 1.5mm teak strips(god help me)as that is the width shown on the plan.

This is going to be a long project I think!
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Jul 15, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Beautifull work so far Dunc, I like the motor prop setup, nice work Why so many ESC's, seems a waste on such a big ship? Would it matter that much on the batt if at slow speeds you only turn two props? Maneuverablity maybe? I get it, really crawling speeds And take your time doin' a great job it's a beaut!
Jul 15, 2007, 08:21 AM
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I was worried about the really small rudder.
I wanted to be able to opperate the outermost screws independantlyto improve turn rate.
There is loads of room in the hull to spare, so I figured why not go full house.
I am planning turret rotation and gun elevation,sound and smoke as well.
building the superstructure is going to be the longest and most rewarding bit.
Loving the project so far!
Jul 15, 2007, 10:30 AM
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Jul 15, 2007, 10:32 AM
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Nice looking build. I'm looking forward to seeing more pics. What type speed controls are you using and how much do they cost and where do you get them? I have been using the super rooster in my 1/96 BB's but they are no longer produced.
In my North Carolina, I have 4 motors and two speed controls. I run the two inboards on one and the two outboards on the other. I have an old ace nautical commander so running with two throttles is fine. Just curious what radio you are going to use to control 4 motors independently? I'm having a hard time finding a good radio to replace my commander.
Great post you started, please keep us updated.
Jul 15, 2007, 12:27 PM
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The esc s were purchased off of ebay.
They are rated 100 amp and cost around $25 each.
I used the same type in my u boat , so I know they work fine.
I am using an 8 channel futaba computer set, so can mix functions as I like.
my other option for the steering is a smart switch that will signel increased and decreased power to the outside screws when hard rudder is applied.
one of my colleagues is a bit of a wizz kid on solid state electronics.
Jul 15, 2007, 04:01 PM
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May I suggest that you use Basswood instead of Teak for your deck.
Basswood will give a better scale appearance for the original deck. When a Teak deck on a warship is properly maintained it will be a very yellow with a bit or grey to it, and you can believe that Hoods deck was always maintained.
Teak is too open grained to look right at this scale, I have seen decks planked with both and Basswood looks more like the real thing.
Jul 15, 2007, 04:28 PM
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I was under the impression that the Fleetscale Hood, as most of their large warships, was 1/128th scale, not 1/144th? Your work looks very nice.The running gear looks great.Did you make your own A frames(shaft supporsts)? I've seen esc's like the one your using on Ebay also, but could never run down an internet site for the manufacture.100amp for $25.00 almost sounds too good to be true.I will be watching your updates with anticipation.
Jul 16, 2007, 02:36 AM
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Yes you are correct! 1/128th scale it is.
I made my frames from marine ply and spruce coated in epoxy resin.
I have taken a look at basswood ,and it does look more realistic,so I will be ordering a few hundred strips from my supplyer.(this is just the sort of advice I am looking for).
The esc s are really quite good. I initially thaught they would be rubbish as the price was so low, but they are very good at low to medium rpm that I will be using.
As I say ,I have used them in my u boat for quite a long time now with no problems.
Looks like the Chinese got them right.
The A frames were from Fleetscale, but I had to add brass and reprofile them , as they were streight strip legs.
Jul 17, 2007, 01:21 PM
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Frames and subdecks are now all sealed and painted.
Battery holders and receiver battery locations now built and sealed.

Next jod is building and installing the bilge keels.
I can then finish painting the hull and start planking up the decks.
Jul 22, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Busy fitting the bilge keels now.
here is a picture of the mixer I will be using to make the outer shafts steerable on rudder channel.
They are now for sale on ebay for arround 22.
Seems like a great way tosave channels.
Jul 24, 2007, 10:21 AM
hello, i am a newbie. i am so pleased i have found this thread. i am a big Hood enthusiast and will be hopefully constructing the fleetscale model myself.... was a bit concerned about the superstructure scratchbuild. i noticed you already have the deck in place for the turrets etc, did this come with the kit.... the ship is looking great so far , lookin forward to following your progress..... where are you situated if you dont mind me asking??? thanx kev
Jul 24, 2007, 10:50 PM
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Dunc, forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but who made those props? They're awesome!

Jul 26, 2007, 04:24 PM
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I am located in Somerset.I built all the buklkheads and subdecks myself.
The superstructure is all built from Ply and plasticard(not premade),but the fittings kit will make it all easyer.
Props came from the Fleetscale propulsion set.
The Hood is not the easyest to build ,but is more rewarding for being mostly your own work.
Jul 29, 2007, 02:38 AM
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Norway- The props, while coming from Fleetscale, resemble the 3-bladed brass Dumas props (1.5 inch)


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