make a model of the Navy’s most recent aircraft-carrier, HMS Glorious, for their
Museum, I realised that the task would be formidable.
Of all warships, an aircraft carrier is, from a model maker’s point of view, the most
complex. The great height and freeboard of the hangar means greater weight above the
water-line, so that in order to preserve stability the structure must be as light as possible
and large sections of the ship’s side outboard of the hangar left unplated. The effect is to
leave much of the interior visible, and modelling such a vessel, one is, in a sense,
working in four dimensions – length, breadth, height and ‘inside’. Previous experience
with more normal ships, such as battleships and cruisers, was found to count for little,
and it was only after about a month’s work on drawing out the necessary details of the
ship deck by deck that I understood enough of the arrangements to be sure of success. I
would like to pay tribute to the members of the Admiralty Staff in the aircraft carrier
section for their great help in explaining things to me. Without their assistance I should
have been lost in the maze of unfamiliar and uncomprehended detail."
P.114, The Life and Ship Models of Norman Ough.