I have to report a brief outbreak of ship building on the modelling table of late. The already reported re-release of the Airfix 1/1200 WW2 ships set me looking into the conversion opportunities offered by these kits. Armed with my trusty copy of Conway (the volume covering 1906-1922), the Internet and a newly arrived reference book (below), I began work.
I had decided to begin with the HMS Hood kit which looked to have possibilities to be bodged into some of the earlier British battle cruisers. The original HMS Glorious - though perhaps better known as a WW2 carrier - looked very much like a shortened Hood with only two turrets. I assembled the hull and main deck and called in my trusty X-Acto razor saw to remove a 12mm(ish) chunk just ahead of the aft mast.
I then carved away and filled the mounts for the 'A' and 'Y' turrets. The 'B' and 'X' mounts should really have been trimmed down by a few mm but I didn't bother. Assembly was then completed with lifeboats and secondary guns being secured in locations somewhere between those offered by the kit and those indicated on the plans I found. A single funnel was located approximately midway between the masts.
Ready on the slipway! The white stripe ahead of the aft mast shows where a miscalculation was rectified with a slice of plastic card...
The completed model ready for some paint.