1⁄700HMS Eagle: Operation Pedestal
Crewmate Peter Fulgoney shares this highly interesting, unique, and most excellent build story with us, HMS Eagle: Operation Pedestal.
The history. . .
HMS Eagle : Operation Pedestal – fleet carrier – laid down as Almirate Cochrane – 26.2.1913.
10th August 1942 – Operation Pedestal – HMS Eagle joins aircraft carriers Indomitable, and Victorious to ferry Hurricanes and Spitfires together with HMS Furious out of Gibraltar in the largest allied carrier operation of the war so far in support of the defense of the strategically important Mediterranean island of Malta.
At 1311 hrs., the following day, 594 miles west of Malta, she is hit by 4 torpedoes form German U-boat U73, and sinks in less than five minutes with the loss of 160 men. 89 survivors are picked up, and 4 sea Hurricanes, already airborne are recovered by the other carriers.
Vessel SpecificationsLength – 627’ 6’’ o/a.
Flight deck – 96’
Height – 48’ to flight deck
Displacement – 27,500 tons (1942)
Aircraft – 12 Sea Hurricanes (801 squadron)
1942 – part of Force “H” – Western Mediterranean
The model. . .
HP Models have produced a 1/700 scale kit that depicts HMS Eagle at the time of the operation and with the help of some excellent references, a satisfying build may be achieved.
As long as it isn’t too inaccurate, I’m happy with the “out of the box” build but I did change the crane for a scratch build out of 0.01 brass, and I added all the safety nets. The Sea Hurricanes are also out of the box, and look about right although I added Skywave spare parts, metal spinners. Also I drilled out the cockpits, painted, and filled with pva which dries clear. The rig is stretched sprue.
The white line along the flight deck is white pencil. I think this works as it is not as intense as the decals, and you can build it up as much as you want.
The sea is Tamiya USAF green spray paint with polyurethane finish. The foam is white acrylic, sparingly used, with pva to give more depth. If you’re building this kit, try and get hold of the references I mention, as the snap shots you usually see are helpful but not enough.
Photography was done using my Sony super steady shot camera on automatic on close up setting. The model on its base is held up to the sky so I can get a real sky, and lighting look to the presentation. BTW the base had double sided tape underneath so the build didn't slip!
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