1/64 Scale Builder's Model of Hood
This model was created by renowned model makers Bassett-Lowke Ltd. for John Brown & Company shipyards. The exact date it was built is currently in question: some feel that it is the true/original "builders model" that was consulted during the building of the actual ship. Other evidence would indicate that its actually a 1938 build; John Brown & Company is known to have commissioned Basset-Lowke to build a 1/64 scale (3/16"= 1') model of Hood for the Empire Exhbition that year. This model looks very much like that particular model.
Regardless of its actual age, it was built by professional model builders using official plans for Hood's real shipyard. The only model that had a better pedigree than that was the one carried aboard the ship herself (its fate is unknown). Although this is a very accuracte model, it should be noted that it depicts the ship as originally approved, not as actually completed. It does not reflect all of the numerous changes which occurred during construction. For example, the forward shelter deck of the model has a planked deck...the actual ship had painted metal decks in that area. The miniature was also never updated to include any of the refit modifications Hood had incurred over the years. Nevertheless, it is a wonderfully detailed miniature of our ship.
This large and most detailed of Hood miniatures is currently housed in the Museum of Transport in Glasgow, Scotland. As you can see from these photos (taken between 2000 and 2011), it is in very good shape considering it is nearly 80 years old! The colour photos are courtesy of Ian Johnston, Bob Adams and John Davis. The black & white photos are courtesy of Paul Harrison & the Museum of Transport. The photos of the ship under construction are courtesy of Bryan Cox and Jon Griffin.
1/350 Hood by Silent Thunder Models
This beautiful miniature of Hood was hand-made for William Thomas (who provided these photos) by Silent Thunder Models. It is made of hand-carved mahogany and depicts Hood circa 1932.
Imperial War Museum's 1/192 Scale Model of Hood
This large waterline model of Hood is located in the Imperial War Museum in London, UK. It was reportedly made by the late Norman Ough many years ago. It appears to be a representation of Hood as she appeared in the mid 1930s.
Fine Art Models 1/192 Scale Hood
This is a museum quality model of Hood as she appeared in 1931. The first production models reached customers in May 2003. It is without doubt, the most amazing and accurate miniature of Hood as in 1931 yet produced. You can learn more about it by clicking on the image above.
Granville Island Model Ships Museum's Model of Hood
This impressive 13 foot/700 pound miniature is the centrepiece of the Granville Island Model Ships Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a highly detailed representation of the ship circa 1933. This beautiful giant was built by Rodney Henriksen over the course of 20 years. Though largely complete, we have been told that it is not uncommon for Rodney to be seen adding additional details to the model from time to time! To learn more about this model and the many others in the collection, we highly recommend that you visit the museum's website (click on the image above). You will find many great photos and and even a virtual tour of the museum's model ship collection.