1/350 AirFix HMS Illustrious 2008

Gallery Article by Paolo Yuen on Dec 3 2012



This was a difficult project working on this model, AirFix improved very much, but I think they have more space to improved more.  The hull did not fit very well with the flight deck and needed lots of putty work to fixed.  The island is not difficult to make because have to fit the White Ensign models the HMS Illustrious's photo etch had spent lots of time to check the parts correct location by using photos and their instruction! (WEM did not have parts number on photo etch you have to check with the instruction and not enough drawing to show the parts, they used part's name only and I not know much their name, have to checked many times) 


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The decals are goods but they printed the incorrect dark grey color on the runway......the correct is black.  I had to spray the black strip and put decal on when it's dry and cut away the grey area, but the marking number I had to make on decal by myself!  Note that the decal did not given the ship's number "L" The ASac MK.7 is resin kits it was made by myself, other SeaKings are convention from Tamiya kits, with Airfix's SeaKing's sand filter box!  The rest of Merlins and Harriers are from the box and with WEM photo etch.

Enjoy the photos.

Paolo Yuen

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Photos and text by Paolo Yuen