Originally Posted by geoffersh
Here are a few photos of my completed scratch build of HMS Victorious that I built during the late 1990s.
It was built on the same principal as the Victory build from Deagostini, using wooden frames and planking for the main hull. It was 8ft 2ins long and took 5 years to build.
After completing the hull, it was then given a coating of car body filler about 1/8th inch thick before being sanded to form a smooth surface. Then came the laborious job of adding thin aluminium plating to the hull, made from drink cans, cut to scale and bonded to the hull with super glue, to represent the steel plating. This job took several months to get it looking good. The superstructure was built mainly of plastic sheet, strip and other suitable bits and bobs.
The flight deck was made from a single sheet of 3/32nd marine ply, with the stern and bow sections being molded from filler to form the ends of the deck. It had three scale bronze propellers ( center five and outer 3 blades) The center six foot section of the flight deck was made to lift out, to access the electrical equipment, motors and servers, as well as to be able to add the twelve volt car battery and just over 4 ibs of lead ballast to get it to the right bouyancy for sailing. It could reach a scale speed of almost thirty knots and could run all day long on a full battery, providing you change the four channel transmitter batteries which lasted for a couple of hours at max.
The aircraft on ther flight deck were diecast models of Voight Corsairs of 1944 period at a scale of 1/100, just slightly over scale for the ship wich was 1/96 scale, built from a copy of the original plans from the Maritime Museum at a cost of just over £60. The total built cost of the model was approx £380 and the most expensive parts was for the running gear, which included props and shafts, motors and other electrical components.
Most of the materials used were marine ply wood, car body filler (lots) and over 100 aluminium drink cans, as well as other materials such as brass, plastic or anything else found around the workshop that would serve a purpose.
I have built other model besides these which can be seen in my post on the Welcome Section of the forum. Sadly I no longer build ships of this size, because of my health and have just come back to modeling again after an absence of twenty years. This time I am trying my hand at scale model aircraft kits in the larger scales of 1/48 to 1/24. Anything smaller I would find to fiddly to manage properly.
I no longer own these models, as I sold them about eight years ago and the Victorious was bought for £650 by a guy from Southampton, so I hope it is still sailing, as I hope my other models are too.