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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 email@example.com
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
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!