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Drawings I have give her five turrets, one forward of the bridge, one each side amidships, and two aft of the superstructure, and a small structure between the two aft turrets. My photos show a large structure and the forward of the two aft turrets possibly not there at all. Highly unlikely to get an aerial photo, as there would have been very few aircraft overflying any warships during her lifetime, but maybe someone has a view from astern? My photos show he in a very dark grey, looks even darker than Home Fleet grey.
I'm afraid my project for the 'lesser known dreadnought' has foundered. Plans from Greenwich have become just too expensive at a net sixty or so quid and photos seem to be virtually non existent other than from long distance. I have acquired some drawings of the 1906 HMS Dreadnought, and have started on her as a waterline model. Any photos welcome!! Attached current state of play.
Finally mystery solved. National Maritime Museum had chanegd their e-mail set up! Spoke with them this morning, and they ahve all drawings, probably including modifications prior to commissioning. Their current address is firstname.lastname@example.org
So you think similarly to me. Eberyone builds famous ships. Trouble is getting the info for an accurate build. I usually get drawings from the National Maritime Museum, where they have builders drawings of just about every ship built in Britain, but for some reason they are not answering my e-mails. Very strange.
[Score: 5/10] 48" HMS Illustrious - Comments: Waterline model to scale 1/192. Model is really a hybrid of the ship during her commissioned lifetime (1939 - 1956). She served mainly in Mediterranean and Far East. Seriously damaged on several occasions, resulting in numerous modifications, which is why I had so many problems settling on a model true to any one date.
Have decided to call her finished. Not entirely satisfied, buy I don't think I am going to get more on her and stay sane! Maybe at some time in the future I might come back to her and try to improve. She doesn't look too bad.
I have just gone through all my pics. On one there is what looks like a 'mattress' style rotating aerial atop the stbd forward mast. I think I shall string wire along the rear three masts both sides. Does that sound likely to be accurate? My wife and friends tell me to forget total accuracy as no-one seeing the model will know any different. Trouble is, I shall know.
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.
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?
Be a while yet. We are heading to England on Thursday for three weeks. Need a rest. Illustrious has become a little frustrating with so many different versions of the same ship, none of which really agree with the original drawings I started with. Might get to Portsmouth RN museum. Norm