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1/200 Hood - Thoughts on best PE set?

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  • Member since
    December, 2017
1/200 Hood - Thoughts on best PE set?
Posted by Dpfisher01 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:04 AM

Hi - First time posting so hello to all. I am setting out to work on Trumpeter’s Hood and trying to determine which PE set to use - want to make an educated decision as they’re bloody expensive. Pontos seems to pop up the most but see a couple of others out there including Eduard whose PE I’ve used on other models and been happy with. Will be building her as sunk. 

Wanted to see what the scuttlebut was on the different sets or if anyone had firsthand experience with the detail kits. 

Thank you!


  • Member since
    July, 2010
  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:25 PM

First off, welcome aboard. 

Regarding your question about PE, I have not built the 1/200 HMS Hood myself although I can admit that I lust in my heart to do so. But I do have experience with various PE manufacturers on different scales.

Personally, I like Eduard’s instructions the best, they’re laid out so that my poor brain can understand them and they usually do a good job in what they put in a package. 

Bulding wise, I love Gold Medal the best. They’re tough enough to withstand my hamfisted attempts at using PE, although I am not thrilled about their instructions, they are a bit vague at first but once you have used them a number of times it gets easier.

Pontos PE are sets I would love to use but they can be a bit pricey. They do go all out in providing a complete package which can include resin replacements and brass gun barrels. Their biggest problem in my opinion is their instructions. Like Flyhawk and Lion’s Roar, they miss in the thoroughness of callying out everything. But, if you love researching the model you’re building, then they really can take your model up a few notches.

Again, these are just my opinions and others may have different experiences with these manufacturers.

However, I know I would love to see a WIP on this if you want to post pictures.





  • Member since
    December, 2017
Posted by Dpfisher01 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:58 PM

Thank you, Steve - good thoughts to keep in mind and I appreciate the input.

I too have had my eye on Hood for a while and now that I have a space to model that’s not our kitchen table I can accommodate her.

The model is HUGE to say the many, many hours of modeling joy to come.

I have gotten the Anatomy of the Ship and Battlecruiser HMS Hood books as reference, and am thoroughly reviewing the HMS Hood Association website.

Will try to do a WIP once I dig in. 

Thank you again.

  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Friday, December 08, 2017 6:20 AM

I've used Pontos sets several times and agree that they're very complete by including everything imaginable but sorely lacking with instructions. You get nicely printed color illustrations but I've always found they leave out numerous parts. There's also no order in the way they're shown so you have to go thru everything they give you looking to see if you've missed anything. It's tedious and annoying but also very rewarding. I love the simplicity of Eduard's instructions but for large ships they can't compare with the immesnse content from Pontos. You didn't ask but the wood decks from Pontos are also very good. They're easy to use and stay stuck once installed.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, December 08, 2017 7:35 AM


 If you're gonna sink her I would use the cheapest P.E. available  ,namely Tom's Modelworks !Oh , sorry about that , Welcome Aboard ! ! !


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