Hi Doug, As I already have six working models, my lady suggested they were enough to take to the lake, and I did actually agree! Most of them are 1/96, only Nelson 1/192. The smaller scale is a bit vulnerable. Illustrious at 1/96 would never fit in my workshop, which also has a washing machine and dryer. But yes, I would have liked her to sail.
Hi Doug, What a beautiful model. Whose? Keep seeing things differently. The 14pdr gune set up on the main turrets on that model seems a bit different from the photo I have of a rear turret. I will stay with what I have done and say a prayer or three. Have started on anchors, see pic. The shot you gave me of the bow shows the ab nchors very well. They were huge! Don't look too closely at my pic. There is all sorts of cleaning up to do! I am surprised the anchor chains seem to be hauled across the deck planking. Nelson had steel runways for the chains to run across.
At least she looks like a warship at last. I wonder if her anchor winches would be different to those twenty years later. She had multiple booms for torpedo nets. I assume they were mounted to the hull a few feet above waterline and swung out from there. Were they wood or steel does anyone know? Must have been quite an operation setting them out!
Progress at last, but have no info for focsle arrangement, winches etc. Assume would be similar to Nelson's, even though twenty years previous? From what I can see, her guardrails were mounted on the deck planking rather than outside on the steel
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 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.