Heller do (or did) a 1:400 Illustrious class, and I believe the Implacable class were a modified Illustrious class; similar looking but I think longer. It would need quite a bit of research to verify the differences but the Illustrious kit might be a good starting point, with a fair bit of additional scratch work for the conversion.
Post by brianthemodeller on Apr 15, 2010 19:23:38 GMT
Loiner - you are a genius!
Not only do Heller make a 1/400 model of Illustrious but it would be (relatively) easy to modify it to replicate the Indefatigable.
The Indefatigable was longer than the Illustrious (approx 7m) and wider (18cm). As this scales down to 17.5mm and 0.5mm respectively I think I will have a go at modifying the Heller kit.
Local library has ordered a reference book for me (The Illustrious & Implacable classes of aircraft Carrier 1940-1969) whic I hope will point out where the 'plug(s)' need to go. Really makes a nice change to have to do this amount of research rather than making it up as I go along!
Thanks for all the help so far, no doubt I will need more in the weeks/months to come!
Checked out White Ensign's website and they have the kit and a EM set to detail it! All I need is some money...
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2010 12:14:11 GMT by brianthemodeller
Post by brianthemodeller on May 12, 2010 14:03:06 GMT
Struck gold on this one!
Just bought the Heller kit, both White Ensign PEM sets and the resin replacement superstructure for £37 inc P&P from ebay. Just waiting for it to be delivered then i can start the research in earnest ( or in the library as the case may be!)
Post by brianthemodeller on May 16, 2010 19:16:37 GMT
OK its arrived and, oh my, what a lot of PE and the bits are SOOOOOOO small. I don't known about keeping you informed, I reckon there will be lots of requests for help too.
I have a lot of research to do to identify the differences between the two classes before I start gluing so it is likely to be autumn before I make a real start (might have plucked up the courage by then, too).
As an aside, were can I get aircraft (Seafires, Martlets and Avengers) and crew in 1/400 (WEM have nothing listed on the website)? Or can I get away with using 1/350?
Brian L'arsenal - www.larsenal.com/GB/index.php - do a range of 400 scale accessories and also crew figures. I think they have avengers but not seafires and martlets, although trumpeter might do wildcats but they would be 350, probably not a lot of difference in size though.
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