This is easily my longest-running project from the first idea to its actual execution. I received the old Heller 1:400 kit of HMS Illustrious / Victorious about ten years ago, and a while later bought the Anatomy of the Ship volume on Victorious.
In that book, I first read about the ship´s service with the US Navy in the Pacific in 1943,and found a photo of Victorious with a T3 tanker and Wildcats and Avengers on deck. I soon got the idea of building the ship at this time, but many other projects intervened before at some time I decided to tackle it.
Not least because I feared the many necessary aftermarket items would soon become unavailable, as 1:400 is surely not the most popular scale and old Heller kits not the most popular kits at a time when so many new and excellent kits are available.
So I bit the bullet and started by making a list of what was needed in the way of PE, aircraft, sensors and AA.
I ordered a big bunch of stuff from L´Arsénal, and luckily Peter Hall was so generous as to provide me with the last resin correction set for the misshapen island of the kit.
What with PE delivery problems things were delayed, I started with the aircraft. That is quite a good idea in a carrier project, as the aircraft are so labor- and time-intensive. So it´s good if you have them somewhere in store and don´t have to start on them after all that work on the ship.
The resin aircraft by L´Arsénal were assembled, slightly detailed and painted to match what was on the ship on my referemce image. Wilfried Eck of Nuremberg helped me with the paint schemes, and Frank Ilse dove into his decal dungeon to help me out with the requisite star-and-circle insignia - thanks to both of them!
I used this opportunity to finally (after 20 years) to spend money on a punch and die set by rptoolz, to bolster up the pitifully thin PE wheels of the aircraft. It worked very well and obviously now I try and find what else I can use it for.
30. October 2016 at 09:21:21