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HMS Illustrious Aircraft carrier Print Booklet
Author: Gdaynorm   Posts: 4   Photos: 1   Subscribers: 2   Views: 1353   Responses: 82   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)
Bridge detail - Posted: 16th Oct 2017
I have no info as to what should be on the top of the island, apart from the three small fire directors and the large one. The Bofors are hopefully correct. The locker by the mast is for signal flags, and the other for ammo. Any ideas welcome.

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Decks - Posted: 27th Jul 2017
Another small query. I assume most of her decks, obviously apart from the flightdeck, were corticene. would this have been a dirty mid green or dark grey?
Response by admiral on the 25th Sep 2017
Photos of Illustrious 1/96 scale RC model I made 31 years ago.
Scratch-built, with Sea Fires ranged on deck. Pic. taken in Auckland harbour.
2nd photo shows her as it appeared front page of US magazine
Scale Ship Modeler, July 1986.
Later I built Illustrious at Falklands era.
Response by Gdaynorm on the 25th Sep 2017
Beautiful! You must have had her on a trailer to the harbour. How was she constructed?
I would have liked to build mine to the same scale, but just don't have the space or facility to transport to our little lake. Only way would be to build in two halves. There is a bloke in Hamilton who built a US carrier to 1/96, brought it to our annual regatta. Not very detailed. Weighed a ton - put ballast in after launching. Was very susceptible to wind. Carried it in the back of a ute in a case with red flag on the overhang. Had a set of wheels to get it to launch.
Most of my RC models are to 1/96 except Nelson to 1/192. I had intended to build her to 1/96 in two halves, but at some stage she would have had to be joined during construction, and my workshop has a washing machine and drier in it so just not on.
What drawings did you use?
Response by admiral on the 25th Sep 2017
Plank on frame construction, glassed over. Can't recall source - too darn long ago! Moved around in back of a Toyota van.
Japan website are making 1/200 kit of her.
40mm AA bofors - Posted: 30th May 2017
Thanks for the portside pic. Answered my upcoming query - did Illustrious' Bofors have a shield. I have Norman Ough's book, with excellent detailed drawing of the gun, but no way can I get all that detail made at 192 scale.
Response by Scratchbuilder on the 30th May 2017
Not sure if the attached pictures will help.They are not all from Illustrious but do show some good detail.The pictures of the book pages are of HMS Victorious,sister ship.May be of help to you.
regards Bill.
Response by Gdaynorm on the 30th May 2017
Great pics, thanks. Not one with a shield which is surprising.
Response by Inkoust on the 30th May 2017
Hello, here is the supreme reference to the BOFORS guns, just click on the blue highlighted links and you can see all the details of the Bofors cannons of all types from land to ship. Zdeněk😉
HMS Illustrious Aircraft carrier - Posted: 16th Apr 2017
I am building a waterline model of HMS Illustrious, from WW2.
I have virtually no information about the port side of the island. Does anyone have photos taken across the flight deck?
Response by Gdaynorm on the 28th Jul 2017
Hi Doug,
No wonder you're a fleet admiral! Sounds as if you have had quite a time, and I'd guess just about retiring, which I've been for some sixteen years now after most of my adult life running tour coaches, twenty years overland to India and Nepal. Resurrected model ship building when I came to Canada.
There is a guy in Hamilton with an American carrier which is about seven feet long. He has a special box and trailer for it. Installs the ballast after launching. It sails well, though does not like wind, and is not much to look at. He had it on our lake about three years ago for our annual Canada day regatta. My longest ship is HMS Ceres, five feet. Sails well and is remarkably stable for such a narrow really oversize destroyer.
Back to sorting out pom pom control systems about half an inch high, and fguring out how to fit the windscreen to Fairey Fulmars.
Response by RNinMunich on the 28th Jul 2017
Wow! Twenty years overland to India and Nepal is also not exactly boring 👍 My longest ship is also ~5 feet, the Graf Spee, see my boat harbour.
Good luck with the pom-poms 😉
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by Gdaynorm on the 11th Aug 2017
Will keep eyes peeled.