1/700 HMS Hood 1941
Deluxe Edition

Reviewed November 2021
by Martin J Quinn


HMS Hood needs no introduction.   If not the most famous warship of the past 100+ years, Hood is probably one of the top 10 best-known warships of all time and very likely the most famous British warship of all time, aside from HMS Victory.  

According to Wikipedia, "HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was a battlecruiser of the Royal Navy. Hood was the first of the planned four Admiral-class battlecruisers to be built during World War I. Already under construction when the Battle of Jutland occurred in mid-1916, that battle revealed serious flaws in her design despite drastic revisions before she was completed four years later. For this reason, she was the only ship of her class to be completed, as the Admiralty decided it would be better to start with a clean design on succeeding battlecruisers, leading to the never-built G-3 Class. Despite the appearance of newer and more modern ships, Hood remained the largest warship in the world for 20 years after her commissioning, and her prestige was reflected in her nickname, 'The Mighty Hood'."

Regrettably, Hood, like other ill-fated ships, such as the USS Arizona and USS Indianapolis, is better known for her tragic demise, more than her years of faithful and illustrious service. 

For more on Hood, visit her Wikipedia page here, which is where this information was pulled from.  You can also visit the HMS Hood Association webpage here.  

The Flyhawk Hood

Flyhawk’s 1/700 HMS Hood comes in a black cardboard box with artwork showing Hood underway, main battery turrets and rangefinders trained to starboard.   Inside the box is the usual copy of the box art, which is suitable for framing.  Being a "Bonus" edition, along with the injection molded parts, which are all wrapped in cellophane bags, you'll find a flat clear envelope with photo-etch and a small plastic box with both brass and 3D printed parts.   Rounding things out are the kit instructions and a metal W/L plate.   


Included in the kit are a and upper and lower hull, along with a waterline plate.  The hull scales out pretty much perfectly in length and beam to the real ship.  The upper hull has portholes with eyebrows over them, chocks integral to the hull, hull plating and a lovely looking degaussing cable.   There were a few small spots of flash by the chocks that should be easy to clean up.

The lower hull has some mold lines on it.  If you are building the full hull version, these will need to be sanded smooth.   There are also two pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the lower hull for the kit supplied display stand.

The waterline plate and waterline weight are typical 700th scale fare. 


There are three parts that make up the decks.  Part A1 is the forward or "main" part of the deck and part B1 is the quarterdeck.   Part A1 has very nice planking detail, with butt ends and a lot of molded on detail.  There are hatches, cable reels, bollards, anchor chafing plates and anchor chain.  One of the hawse pipes is covered with a molded on cover, which looks pretty good for being done in plastic. 

The detail on part B1 is similar - planking with butt ends, hatches and bollards.   The planking is especially nice on both parts.   Once painted, a wash will really bring out all that detail. 

The third section of the deck is the boat deck - part J1.  It is one of the most detailed part of the entire model.  There is a mix of planking and non-slip (corticene/semtex) decks, the corticene sections having raised fastening strips molded on.  There are also skylights and molded on boat cradles included   The splinter shields have nice bracing molded into the insides for the shields, while the ships name is actually molded included - it's done in raised letters - on the bulkhead of the Admiral's dining cabin.  That's a really nice touch.   I think I've only seen this on a resin kit previous to this.  Finally, there is ribbing detail on the underside of the boat deck, to simulate the deck bracing on the real ship. 


Like most of their kits, Flyhawk has a unique way  having "sprues" that consist of just one or two parts.  In no particular order, these parts are (names courtesy of AOTS Hood):

P1 - Admiral's Signal Platform, which also forms the base of the conning tower and forward superstructure
F1 - Base of the aft funnel
K1 - Conning Tower Platform
L -   Fore bridge and after superstructure
O1 - Small structure that fits in right behind part F1

Detail is very good all the way around.  Lots of nicely done portholes, W/T doors, vents, cable reels and molded on vertical ladders that look pretty good.  P1 has the same decking detail as the non-planked areas of the boat deck.  Part K1 has a nice combing on the top of the splinter shield, while part L1 - the fore bridge - has well defined recessed windows in the bridge face.   What's really impressive are the molded on screens on the sides of part F1, the base of the aft funnel.  

The rest of the sprues contain the balance of the kit parts, and/or generic RN parts, like guns, searchlights, rafts, boats, etc.  
Here you’ll find the two prominent funnels, with impressive riveting detail on each. 

This sprue has two small deckhouses, which sit on the Admiral's signal platform.  Like part F1, they have impressive screens molded onto each part. 


Some ships boats are on this sprue.  


This small sprue contains the forward funnel base and the conning tower.   The funnel base has more of the nicely done molded on screens, while the conning tower has well defined vision slots.


Two more tiny little deckhouses.  One is part of the forward superstructure, the other sits on the boat deck between the forward superstructure and forward funnel.

On this sprue, one of the two largest in the kit,  you'll find a myriad of parts:  injection molded starfish, rudder, various platforms, the lower "skirts" of the funnels, funnel caps, more boats, the plastic versions of the walkways inside the funnels and a breakwater.

The second of two large sprues, this one has the turrets and turrets bases, barrels (with blast bags), additional platforms and a selection of bulkheads that go underneath the boat deck. 

There are pom-poms, directors, davits and injection molded inclined ladders (sans hand rails) here. 
Miscellaneous parts, including winches, vents, cable reels and lockers.  The detail on the cable reels is particularly nice.
Props, searchlight and what appear to be ready ammo boxes.  The ready ammo boxes has nice molded on detail. 
Funnel piping, davits, and boat booms.

Anchors, struts for the main mast, davits and vents. 


Struts and shafts, more vents, a breakwater and the legs for the mainmast. 

Plastic spars and yards for the masts.   These look very delicate and I suspect you'll need to be very careful removing these parts from the sprue.
SPRUE GB01 (x2)
This is the first of the common sprues for RN kits. It has a 4 barreled pom-pom, .50 quad AA gun and some smaller AA weapons.  Petite with nice details.  
 This has searchlights and signal lamps. Tiny and really nicely molded.
Paravanes and winches. 
Bridge equipment - looks like optical equipment.  All nicely molded and impossibly small.
SPRUE GB06 (x2)
The carley floats, with lots of molded on detail, including what looks like straps to hold them in place.
This sprue has boats and launches on it.   Terrific details on the boats, including planked decks. 
This sprue, which contains the secondary armament, is split into multiple sprues.  There is nice riveting details on the gun shields.
The UP launchers on this sprue.   Overall, these are really nice, with defined detail on the faces of the launches.  
There are searchlights on this small sprue.  
There is a plastic display base included with the kit.  The pins at the top of the pedestals fit into holes molded into the bottom of the hull.
This is the second Flyhawk kit that I've reviewed that contains 3D printed parts, the first being their 1941 release of HMS Aurora.   In Hood, the 3D printed parts contain vents, lockets, splinter shields, and the "joint" for the foremast, where the legs connect to the main strut of the mast.   These 3D printed parts are specific to the Deluxe Edition, and the parts look really nicely printed.  Directions on how to install them are part of the photo-etch instructions. 
There are a total of five photo-etch frets included in the box.   One is the small fret that comes with the base kit.   The other four frets are part of the deluxe offering - two larger frets and two very small frets.   The two smaller frets almost look like they are afterthoughts, as I'm not sure why there weren't included in the larger frets.   Included on the larger PE parts are inclined ladders, rails, the bottom of the "starfish" that supports the forward spotting top, funnel caps, interior funnel details and walkways, rigging for the boat booms and some replacement detail for the base kit parts.  There are also parts to represent the vertical rigging lines on the funnels.  On the smaller frets are some platforms with integral rails, and what looks like bracing/supports. 

These instructions, specific to the photo-etch, 3D printed and brass parts, are on three sheets of double sided glossy paper, with the last side of paper left blank.  The layout of the photo-etch instructions appears to be new to me.   Flyhawk is using 3D renderings as part of the instructions, which clearly show where the photo-etch parts are placed.  I really like the look of these instructions.  It should take any mystery out of where to add photo-etch parts to the model.  
In the same small plastic box that holds the 3D printed parts are seven small bags containing the 3D printed parts.   Along with main and secondary gun barrels, there are a ton of replacement vents, in different sizes, various sized of brass rod, and a brass replacement for top of the main mast.   This last part looks really good and has some nice detail machined into it.   

There is a small set of decals in the kit. Here you’ll find several different versions of the White Ensign.


The instructions for Hood are in a new - to me - format.  Instead of the large, double-sided, folded up sheets of paper, it is in booklet form.  I like the change.  Time will tell if this going to be the new format for all Flyhawk kits moving forward.  Overall, the instructions are logical and should be easy to follow.   Interesting to note that the instructions do contain the latest thinking regarding the color of Hood's lower hull coating.  The last page of the instructions include a letter from the HMS Hood Association, speaking to their contributions in the development of this kit.   Below are a selection of imaged of the instructions. 


This is Flyhawk’s deluxe version of it's 1/700 HMS Hood 1941, kit number FH1160S.  It's another winner from Flyhawk and a really great model of the Royal Navy's most tragic warship.  It's worlds better than the old Tamiya kit and also better quality than the more recent Trumpeter offering.  Additinally, Flyhawk had the help of the HMS Hood association in developing this kit, which has led that association to say that this model of Hood is "the most accurate yet produced".   

Prices vary around the 'net, but I see it going for around $94USD from some of our sponsors.  Highly recommended!  

Thanks to Flyhawk for the sample kit used for this "in-box" review.