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HMS Hermes 1942
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Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 06:01 PM UTC
Not too long ago, Flyhawk Model released their 1/700 scale HMS Hermes 1942 kit. Andy Brazier takes a look inside the box and gives us his review.

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Thanks!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:19 AM UTC
Wow, this looks great. Thanks for the pictures; I'm not even a particular fan of British CVs, but this looks tempting!
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 04:51 AM UTC
Flyhawk's molding amazes me. I may have to get this kit.
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 11:46 PM UTC
Anyone know what Hermes deck was surfaced with? The kit has no planking detail. Thought the decks were wood planked.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 - 10:55 PM UTC

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Anyone know what Hermes deck was surfaced with? The kit has no planking detail. Thought the decks were wood planked.



My guess is that the flight deck was wooden planks.
How wide would these planks have been, 7 inches ?
That would give a scale width of 0.01 inches or 0.254 mm ....
The surface "roughness" of the individual planks on a painted and operational flight deck would probably be less than a quarter of an inch (0.01 mm on the model). The caulking (if any ??) between the planks would be of similar dimensions as the surface roughness ...

My personal preference would be for a smooth deck without any planking details instead of an out of scale representation of HUGE planks.
I would suggest using a suitable fine grit sandpaper to rough up the surface slightly so that it isn't completely smooth and then try to paint with very thin layers.

/ Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 05:02 AM UTC
I guess you don't model much in 1/700. All 1/700 model ships have molded planking. Nobody would buy a model ship with decks that looked like steel when they were wood planked.
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:43 PM UTC
HMS Hermes had steel decks, like all RN carriers.