Trumpeter 1/350 HMS Hood
So, what do you do when you haven't built a ship model since you were in Junior High School (back in the early Triassic)? Why, go out and get one of the most complicated kits ever, get all the photoetch possible, and dive right in! This sort of reminds me of building my first biplanes when I was too young to know they were hard. Still one of the most impressive models in my growing collection of ships (if you're getting bored with all the airplanes, try a ship - they're fun). I personally like the fact that I am not a "Subject Matter Expert" so I can just build the model and be impressed with it and not have to nitpick it to death.
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