are pictures of my conversion of the old Heller 1:400 scale kit of the
into the Clemenceau.
was the third of the
class, a little modified (new superstructures), and was laid down in January
1939. In April construction was slowed down because finishing the
became urgent. At the time of the war declaration, the construction was almost
stopped. When Metropolitan France fell in June, the ship was only 10% completed.
In March 1941, the Germans patched the holes in the hull to make her floatable,
and she was launched and towed to Landevennec, because the Germans needed the
drydock for Gneisenau
and other big ships. The Clemenceau
stayed in this condition at Landevennec until the end, and was damaged by allied
bombing in 1944. She was scrapped after the war. The conversion of the kit is
not so easy as I thought at the beginning because of the new fore
superstructures, new AA guns, new seaplane and others small things. Photo-Etch
and catapult are from L'Arsenal, other parts are from scratch.