HMS Victorious/ HMSFearless 1/600 Airfix
My intension was to build the Airfix HMS Victorious to indulge my passion for re doing the kits I built as a kid and also because my dad served on this ship,I knew it was a basic kit the moulding is from 1959 so it is seven years older than me !,I quickly realised that the pylon style mast behind the smoke stack just was not acceptable under any circumstances and even considered missing it out altogether it was so bad,I found there was a photoetch set for various Airfix ships which included the mast and cranes for Victorious however it was over £20 on a kit that cost me a fiver,oh well .The kit comes with poorly detailed Seavixens ,Scimitars and Skyraiders but one thing was missing – a helicopter, I remembered that the Airfix HMS Fearless has two helo’s so that was bought just to provide the much needed finishing touch. A bit of research showed that these two ships careers did overlap by a couple of years so they can be displayed together.
I always thought the Vicky as she was known by her crew was a handsome looking ship and built it more than once as a kid the same cannot be said for the fearless however.
The HMS Fearless was a ship designed to get marines on the ground quickly and has two landing craft which are delivered to the sea via a ramp in the stern and four smaller landing craft hanging from the sides as well as two or more helicopters.
Thanks for looking, N.
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