On release of the 1:350 scale Airfix
Illustrious kit I decided to convert HMS
Illustrious, at present, to
HMS Invincible during the
Conflict in 1982
which is completely different in all aspects to the Airfix offering. A different
ship and a different era. The bow of the ship had to be completed changed so
everything was taken off including the ski jump and rebuilt from scratch using
20 thou plastic card. The ski jump
had to be scratch-built using only the slopy part of the take off run of the
kit The blast shield and the Sea
dart missile launcher was also scratch-built.. Detail on the bow was added
using the odd parts of a motherboard, plastic bits and pill capsules!
Alterations were also made to the hull of the vessel especially on the port
side. Sponson in the boating area had to be taken off and opening altered
completely, to accommodate a launch instead of a dinghy.
also had to be radically changed to
accommodate the bulbous Radomes which incidentally were fashioned from the rubber squeezing
part of pipettes.. The main mast was also altered . Detail was added to the
bridge and the island side walls mainly
consisting of extra lighting and CC
units , new piping and trunking and fire prevention systems. Extra boating
equipment , one sloop and a small launch on the starboard side had
to be scratch-built as Invincible carried 3 on starboard and two on the port
side. The sponson on the port stern
side of the ship was taken off and the stern was reshaped completely The hangar
was also detailed creating a busy atmosphere….
The Seakings 7 Has 5’s and 2HC4’s from HMS
Hermes were all modified from the Tamija SH3H
American version as well as the Harriers which
were originally AV8’s which
came from Commander Models. The model was painted in a mixture of acrylics
enamels and oils. Contrary to what may seem RN Vessels are always in a clean
freshly painted finish. But after consulting a myriad of pictures of the Invincible
it showed that the vessel was quite weathered ….the top sections of the masts
which were originally black were over-painted in grey en route in the Atlantic…so
were the undersides of the Harriers…I
tried to create an impression of soot from number one funnel on the main mast as
shown in various pictures.
White Ensign Photo-etching
was used to detail the ship.
From the Bridge HMS Invincible by Leo Marriott.
Harrier Carriers Vol1 HMS Invincible by Neil McCart.