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
Hi Doug, Yes, Ohio was an incredible story. Shame that her two halves became target practice! Carley floats. I puts paddles in them, usually four. I assume they did actually have them, but I wonder how they are secured. Straps maybe. 🤓 The round structure on the mainmast would presumably have glazed windows all round. I have yet to see a pic clear enough. There must have been a ladder for access. I am tempted to completely rebuild the island, but getting the present edition off would be a heroic undertaking, so I think it will have to stay not entirely accurate. 🤐 We are heading to the UK next week, so might take a trip to the RN museum in Portsmouth. Norm
Hi Doug, Incredible! She must have taken a long time to sink. Appreciate the inspiration, but I am not doing another carrier. Have to be something smaller, or my wife will never forgive me. I only have a normal size house!
Thoughts on carley rafts. Presumably the admiralty would specify that on any ship there should be sufficient boats, rafts etc for the entire crew. Illustrious presumably had about three cutters, whalers and two or three launches. They would between them maybe hold at a push three hundred. A standard size float would hold maybe ten? She would have needed about ninety carleys. In the photo showing the staboard side of the bridge there are about twenty six. There seem to have been carleys hung all over the place, but not ninety or so. Makes one think!
Thanks Doug. Info on them was more readily available, and they were not modified very much. Had problems with Ohio for drawings, but we went to Malta where there are two magnificent models of her in the war museum, which are not identical so I was able to photograph them. My model seems accurate to the few photos I had. The others were comparatively easy for info. I've also done waterlines of SS San Demetrio, but that was a wedding present for my younger daughter, and Valhalla for my other daughter. I wish I had known of you before I started Illustrious. I should really scrap the island completely, but I would have to saw it off flush with the flight deck, Not easy. All for now. Norm
[Score: 8/10] 51" HMS Erebus Capable of 1mph and a runtime of 60mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood, as are her boats. Guns turned brass, main armament mount in basswood turret. Bridge tower anf funnel tinplate, rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Sails well and steers remarkably easily considering her beam. Logged hours on construction 611, not including research.
[Score: 5/10] 34" Irene Capable of 1mph - Comments: Scratch built using drawings in book 'Goodnight Irene' by Leslie Morrish, who restored the vessel which had lain rotting for years. Sails well , likes plenty of wind. In light winds tends to 'go her own way' and cause anxiety to controller.
[Score: 8/10] 47" HMS Nelson Capable of 2mph and a runtime of 60mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. to 1/192 scale Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Guns turned in brass in basswood turrets. Rigging steel guitar strings. Sails well. In rough seas tends to ship it green over bow.
[Score: 8/10] 57" HMS Ceres Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Flage halyards thread. Sails very well and remarkably stable for such a narrow ship due to bilge keels. Hours logged on contruction 885, which includes research on line.
[Score: 8/10] 38" HMS Valhalla Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 75mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 20mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos to 1/96 scale. Hull carved from basswood, as are boats.
[Score: 8/10] 42" SS Great Britain Capable of 2mph and a runtime of 75mins Single Propellor (6 Blade 50mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Entirely scratch built to 1/98 scale, from builder's drawings from Greenwich and photos of ship in Bristol. Hull carved in basswood, deck planked.
Hi Doug, That is quite a site! Interesting that she had that I suppose you would have to call it fighting top back above the bridge. I thought she had Fulmars at one time? I have given her two. My model is definitely a composite over her first six years! Norm
Thanks, yet again. I'll keep them as I have shown, but will extend the wire to the edge of the flight deck. Your pic showing them lifted on rising posts fits perfectly. She is actually nearing completion. Main job is all the rigging and aerials. Am making twin bofors to go in front of bridge. Now have searchlight on Port bow platform. Scale about four foot six diameter.
Hi Doug, Arrester wires. Were they recessed into the deck, or just down laying tight and released when plane were landing? Presumably crash barrier/nets were only set up when planes were coming in. Norm
Searchlight fitted. I wonder if it was the only one. I have been assuming boats were handled by the aircraft cranes, but that could only apply to those stowed in the bays within reach of said cranes. She must have had some sort of retractable arms that either turned out or were run out. I have come to the conclusion my model will have to be a bit of a hybrid of dates. The best pic I have of her masts, rigging and aerials is of her in the Pacific, with damage to the bridge showing from the kamikaze attack.