H.M.S. Hood Today - Scale Models & Miniatures of Hood
Review of LionRoar's 1/350 H.M.S. Hood Detail Set
by F.W. Allen
Updated 10-Aug-2016

LionRoar is a relatively new company based in Shanghai, China. They produce a variety of scale model detailing products. This review covers LS350004- their impressive detail set for the 1/350 scale Trumpeter Models H.M.S. Hood. We'd like to thank LionRoar for sending us the detail set and for asking for an honest review. Should any other detail set producer wish a review of their products, please contact our staff.

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In 2006, Trumpeter Models released a highly anticipated model kit of the battle cruiser H.M.S. Hood. Although the kit was well researched and is the best rendition of Hood to date, its not without its problems. There were a number of misinterpreted details, most notably incorrectly shaped turrets. For a more detailed listing, please see our article Trumpeter's 1/350 Scale Hood - Basic Review Plus Improvement Suggestions.

LionRoar's set LS350004 seeks to address the major errors in the Trumpeter kit as well as to provide a great deal of additional detail. To that end, they have created a very well rounded product.

Set Contents

Lion Roar Detail Set BoxThe detail set comes in an attractive box measuring in at a compact 12.2cm D x 20.5cm W x 3.1cm H. The box securely contains the following:

I'll cover each of these below:


Photo of Lion Roar parts on a Trumpeter HoodThe detail set includes an inventory list and 8 pages of instructions. The instructions cover various key subassemblies and features. It doesn't address what to do with all of the photoetch though. For example, there is no mention as to which railings should be used on bridge decks. We recommend that modellers consult reference photos, documents and this website during the construction of the model.

Steps to Avoid- Modellers should also be aware of some mistaken steps that can be skipped entirely:

Ship's Badge

H.M.S. Hood badge An absolutely beautiful version of Hood's badge is included in this set. An image of the badge (smaller than actual size) can be seen to the right. It is clearly based upon this website's badge artwork (as was their Bismarck badge). They didn't ask us ahead of time, but they did at least publicly acknowledge it later on. We did remind them that they technically need a license Ministry of Defence permission to sell Royal Navy badges. We can only assume they have sought out and acquired such a license.

If properly licensed, this type of badge will make a wonderful addition to a model display base. The only complaint, and this is nitpicky at best, is that the badge is a tad too large in size (4cm W x 5.3cm H). I would recommend scaling it down to about 80% of its current size. This would make it useful to people modelling in different scales, not just 1/350.

Resin Gun Houses and Directors

The four gun houses (aka turrets) in our sample were crisply moulded with no surface defects. There was an extra bit of resin on the underside at the rear, but this can be cut and sanded away. We found the gun houses to be accurate in overall shape and size. LionRoar incorporated several key details, to include the roof plate bolts, square view ports, glacis plate lip and the angled edges on the lower edge of the forward/side plates. Additionally, blast bags were moulded onto the front of the gun houses. This in particular is a nice feature.

Lion Roars gun house and the Trumpeter gun houseThe director wings are sufficient, but not quite as detailed as the gun houses. This is largely due to their size (very thin). The front and rear flanges were very thin and a bit uneven, plus our samples had some flash and a few minor bubbles. Its not really an improvement over the original Trumpeter kit part(s). Unless more detail can be incorporated (such as a better main site and periscope plus doors for the rangefinder optics), we recommend modellers use the original kit rangefinder pieces. They should fit atop the LionRoar gun houses with ease.

Gun House Issues- With the exception of the directors, the gun houses are an immense improvement over those in the Trumpeter kit. Nevertheless, there is a minor issue the modeller must be aware of: LionRoar created four identical turrets. This is wrong. In reality, there were some differences in Hood's turrets. Fortunately, this can be fixed:

Brass Gun Barrels

These are a much welcomed part of the detail set. These are very crisply/precisely machined. The small barrels for the 4" guns are impressive and feature hollowed out muzzles. Its difficult to say for certain (as I did not measure them with calipers and run computations) but they may be just a tad over scale. If anyone would like to undertake the measuring of these objects, please let us know.

Brass detail items from the Lion Roar setThe larger barrels for the 15" guns are equally impressive. LionRoar has incorporated the barrel liner and has flared and hollowed out the muzzles. The only potential problem is that the guns don't seem to taper quite enough. We recommend LionRoar double check the dimensions of the actual barrels and try to replicate them as closely as possible.

Brass Screws/Propellers

The overall shape and size appear to be correct. Ours had a few minor edge defects, but nothing overwhelmingly bad. The blades are also angled the correct way as well (just be sure to install them on the proper sides!). These are a very nice addition to this set. They are a bit shiny, so the modeller will need to tone them down a bit if striving for realism.


There is just enough to rig both anchors. These are sufficient in size and shape for the average modeller. Those wishing more detail may want to add the small centre bars within each link, or, use photoetch.


There are thirteen frets of photoetch included in this set. One fret is in stainless steel and the rest are in varying thicknesses of brass. In general, most items appear to be correct in shape and size. The etching is crisp and detailed, with the overall quality of the majority of the pieces being very good. The work is less refined than industry leaders Gold Medal Models (GMM) and White Ensign Models (WEM), but not overwhelmingly so.

Each fret is briefly described below:

Based on the above descriptions, one can see that the contents of the frets are very well-rounded. They offer not only the "usual" details one sees in photoetch sets, but some extra things as well (such as superstructure panels). We did note some similarities to earlier WEM products, but we didn't see any blatant copying. The similarities are most likely due to the same source materials having been consulted. Additionally, its possible that LionRoar may have either consulted WEM parts or were otherwise inspired by them. Its difficult to say which (if either).

We do know that WEM is looking into the similarities. Should they prove there was blantant copying, we will amend this article. Until then, we feel that LionRoar should be given the benefit of the doubt. Once a solid conclusion is arrived at, we will be sure to amend this review.

The similarity issue aside, we found that the majority of the photoetch parts are quite good. We did however, notice a few errors. We will briefly highlight the most glaring of these here. We strongly urge LionRoar to reengineer these parts:

Photoetch Errors

Future Developments

LionRoar have indicated that they are interested in perfecting this detail set before its next production run. Not only will they consider correcting errors, but they are also considering adding the latest "finds" regarding Hood. There have indeed been some notable changes to what we know about Hood in the last few months (signalmens' shelters, changed "B" turret UP splinter shield shape, extra walkway on forward starfish, no box on rear of radar director, etc). None of these changes were incorporated into the Trumpeter kit, nor were they addressed by any of the current aftermarket detail sets. Additionally, there are other issues with the Trumpeter kit that could be made right. Things such as the poorly fitting spotting top, the "clunky" conning tower, etc, are but two items begging for resin or photoetch replacements parts.

Out of a sincere desire to remain neutral, we will not only provide said additional detailing information to LionRoar, but to ANY aftermarket detail part manufacturer who requests it. Our primary interest in the matter is to ensure that someone will ultimately create quality replacement parts. These parts will enable Hood enthusiasts to create more accurate models of Hood. Nothing would please us more than to know that there are many miniature Hoods in thousands of homes around the world. It helps in a small way to keep the ship and her crew alive.


Minor errors aside, we found the LionRoar Hood detail set to be a good product. At a retail price of roughly £80 / $150 (price varies), it is admittedly a bit pricey (especially when compared to the other products currently available), but as this is such a well rounded set, some modellers may find it to be a worthwhile investment. Should they fix the errors and add additional details, it will certainly be a very formidable detail set. To learn more about it, visit LionRoar's Web site.

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