HMS Vengeance Main Characteristics
Displacement: 12.190 tons normal, 18.040 full load; Length: 211,84 m (oa); Beam: 24,38 m (wl); 24,38 m (flight deck); Draught: 7.16 m (deep load)
Armament: 16-40mm/60 cal Bofors (single), 12-40mm/60 cal Bofors on six twin mountings. Machinery: Parsons geared turbines; 4 Admiralty 3-drum Boilers; 2 shafts. 40.000 SHP; Speed: 23.5 knots max. Range: 12,000nm @ 14 kts; Aircraft: 48; Complement: 850 (ship) + 450 (air group)
As I mentioned above, I used some WEM Fittings (40 mm singles, boats and photo-etch: a WEM cruiser crane, similar to those used in this carrier. Additionally I used the Gold Medal Models 1:700 British Aircraft Carrier photo-etch set for the radars, antennas and rails. The aircraft displayed in this model are five WEM Hawker Sea Fury and five WEM Fairey Firefly, with their respective photoe-tch fittings.
To build the model, I used drawings of the French carrier Arromanches from the Musee de la Marine, drawings of HMAS Sydney as well as several photographs of various Colossus class carriers kindly provided by Mr. A. D. Baker III who contributed greatly to this project. Also, I want to thank to Anthony Coffey of the HMS Vengeance Association for some detailed information about the ship.
For the painting of the model, Mr. Peter Hall from WEM assisted me with information about the ship’s colors. For the hull and vertical surfaces I used a mix of 70% light sea gray (FS 36307/Model Master 1726 or Humbrol 127) and 30% flat white (Humbrol 130). For the flight deck, I used Humbrol 126; deck green for the weather and boat decks (Humbrol 88); yellow (Humbrol 24) for the landing strip center line and white (Humbrol 130) for the for deck markings and code letter. For the funnel exhaust and for the waterline I used Black (Humbrol 33). The color of all the rafts fitted to the aircraft carriers, post 1945 was the same as the ship sides i.e. light gray.
I have taken six months to make this model and which has been a goal of mine for more than 22 years, which I finally have achieved. I have made a silicone mold of this model in order to make resin copies for build some Colossus variant models.