The first “Carrier”
This is an effort I completed as an entry in a contest category celebrating the 100 year anniversary of WW1 events back in 2017.
This unpowered vessel was a converted Royal Navy seaplane lighter (A flying boat would land behind it and then taxi into the trough and get fastened in as it was being pulled behind a frigate). As converted it would serve as a means to launch a single fighter from behind a destroyer travelling at speed in the English Channel in hopes of intercepting a sighted zeppelin before crossing the coast to England.
One can only admire the nerves of steel.
The lighter was a scratchbuilt effort with the old Revell Sopwith Camel in 72nd scale attched , mildly converted to a R.N.A.S. machine.
The first aircraft carrier?
I think so…
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