are photographs of my finished model
of HMS Illustrious. The model was constructed from the very old 1/400 scale
model kit by Heller.
This kit is a very old kit and it had been laying on the shelf for years and years till finally I decided to have a go at it. It is a very rudimentary and inaccurate kit and I realized there was going to be a lot of work put into the model to finish with a satisfactory end result. I haven't seen many 1/400 scale Illustrious models around , so I said why not, let's go for it.
The island had to be restructured and reshaped to accommodate the additional gun platforms for the many oerlikons added to the ship's defense system. Extensive detailing was also included all around the island. Resin parts by White Ensign also incorporated which helped extensively to further detail the island. The masts were scratch-built with photo etch parts added. A Gun platform was also included in the stern of the ship with a similar purpose. Outriggers for the spitfire squadron had also to be included ,various walkways all around the ship and the boat stations were also altered and detailed accurately. More boats added accordingly and those available with the kit were also detailed. Arrester landing wires and arrest barrier were scratch built from fuse wire.