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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #420 on: 14 May 2017, 15:56:52 »
All repair work completed and she has been kitted out with some of the detail which will be fully installed later.  I now have to kit out all the minor decks and install them in position. once done the main flight deck and hangar deck will be worked on to install.

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« Reply #421 on: 15 May 2017, 12:33:40 »
Thanks for the great advice Ron, the plastic primer worked wonders and saved me a lot of heartache. ^^^

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #422 on: 23 May 2017, 19:21:56 »
Made a little more work on the hull and painted all the decks dark green.  Also made up the port side forward deck and installed all the railing.  Just need to install the lighting when I have finished off the running gear setup.

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« Reply #423 on: 23 May 2017, 23:13:28 »
I thought I would show how the port deck was constructed within the hull so that it did not take up too much room and would allow the hanger deck to be installed when being shown.

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #424 on: 23 May 2017, 23:22:17 »
Some photos of the outrigger decks having been painted dark green, which was the color she was painted in 1940

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #425 on: Yesterday at 17:46:20 »
Starboard forward upper and lower decks now completed with all the work required to encase the decks ready for lighting.  Much the same as Port side, with one exception.  There is a small cabin to the rear of the lower starboard deck.  Was planing to put that in, but found that I could not install and seal the deck with it in place due to lack of space.  So left it out and do not think anyone will notice, just me.

I was wondering how to fit the four large search lights so they could rotate by hand and found the centre of each light base had a recess into which I cut down a 11 mm wood pole and then sanded down till level with the base of the light.  Will bond the wood section to the deck and then place the searchlight onto it.  This will hold it in place and allow for it to be rotated and removed when taking to the lake and shows.

I did the same with the 6 pom pom guns which I am painting at the moment.  Each of them has a circle at the base.  Measure the circumference and then using a compass marked out the circle and then cut with a fretsaw from 3 mm thick marine ply and then using my dremel made 6 perfectly circular mounts to which I can bond to the decks and Island and again they can been seen to rotate and remove for transporting.   

Will post photos later when the guns and search lights are in place.