Yet Rarer than the Ships Themselves: MODELS of the RN LIGHT CARRIERS
Posted by Jeff Stevenson (via Matty) on March 1, 2014, 15:54:53, in reply to "Of Enclosed Bows and Massive Islands: RN AIRCRAFT CARRIERS"
"...(Heller released two Colossus class kits in plastic, but there was also a) DEL kit: |
Click on Image to Enlarge (At left, top, it) was 1/730 I think. It looks odd (right, top) because of the way they split up the pieces to get the deck to fit. The 6" nail was part of the kit..!! I believe you could get it to float upright if this was fitted. (At right, bottom) is a dry fit - it went together well.
...I can't help you with an opinion on (whether this hull looks a lot like the Airfix) Victorious. I had one of these when they were new(!) and have not examined one since...
(In smaller scale, another Colossus-class model I have is) Triumph as a repair ship:
Click on Image to Enlarge(It is a) Tri-ang 1/1200 die cast.
(Smaller yet is) the...1/1600...Heller light fleet:
(Again it) is a plastic kit...(and) builds into a neat model...the fit of the flight deck at the bows leaves something to be desired though. I have water-lined this model - it comes 'full hull' just like the(ir) 1/400 one (released as Arromanches)...I'm not sure if (the 1600-scale ones are) in issue at present, but they are quite easy to find on ebay in the UK.
Th(e following) photo shows a re-worked (Centaur-class, again by Tri-ang in 1/1200) Bulwark as HMS Albion:
Click on Image to Enlarge...and (again the above) converted Triumph. Photos taken years ago with a basic 35 mm camera. The models were sold so I can't get a better shot. You can see though how the Centaur class were much broader at flight deck level and simply bigger all round.
(The real-life) Bulwark will forever have a place in my heart - I went aboard her when I was about 8 years old and can still recall the thrill of going down to the hanger on one of the lifts. Flying fast jets off these small carriers took guts. Even with the slightly angled flight deck they were still very small with little margin for error by the pilots.
Here is another Tri-ang Centaur class conversion:
Click on Image to EnlargeHMS Hermes as Tri-ang might have modelled her, no 'fine detail' but capturing the essence of the ship. I made this for one of my sons just after the Falklands War. I also saw the ship after she returned home to the UK still covered in the rust and battle scars of operations (as in the classic photo). It was the strangest feeling seeing a RN ship as beaten-up as that. (I don't think they used the side lift for the Harriers, but I had one Harrier with no starboard wing so I exercised 'modellers licence' and showed it half in /half out of the hanger!)
"I am very happy to (have made the above submission to ModelFleet)...I do visit the site from time to time, but as you can probably tell, my main interest is in 1/1200 models (I don't even go after many 1/1250 ones as the scale differential bothers me!).
[Editor's Note: That's OK, Jeff - ANY MODEL SCALE is welcome here, buddy!]
...Having said my main interest is in 1/1200 - I must also admit to an burning interest in the Revell, ex-Renwall, Shangri La...
[Ah HA - I KNEW it!]…