Royal Navy HMS Invincible R05 as she was at the time of her De-Commissioning.
About this creation
This is once again my lego HMS Invincible R05 of the Royal Navy.
First Commissioned in July 1980, she saw action in the Falklands War/Conflict while also being deployed to trouble areas such as Yugoslavia and Bosnia. She was finally De-Commissioned in August 2005. The Invincible is currently docked at Portsmouth docks, if interested she can be seen on Google Earth at the following Co-ordinates:
Longitude 1° 5'49.07"W
My HMS Invincible here was originally designed in Lego Digital Designer, and brought from the Lego online store for about £150. Since then I have brought further pieces while also adding a few of my existing pieces to try and make her as authentic as possible, within the limits of the scale and lego pieces available.
The model is roughly 1:323 scale and measures 65.5cm L x 16.5cm W x 19cm H, it is complete with 5 FRS1 Sea Harriers and 2 non de-script grey helicopters, as you can see from the images as in real life she flies a white Ensign at the aft end of the ship and the Union Jack at her Bow. I have also added to the detail of this model by printing decals for the flight deck, and the 'R05' designation for the Island.
My main inspiration for designing and building this model was the excellent model of the USS Harry S Truman by Malle Hawkin, that's the 300,000 , $10,000 model incase you weren't sure. However unlike Malle I didn't have the space, capital or time for a similar project, and so I decided to go smaller and simpler. Initially I started out by designing a US Aircraft Carrier like Malle, however I was not thrilled with the results and shrinking the design down, meant allot of what detail there is on the US Carriers was lost. So feeling a bit patriotic and wanting something that would have more detail at a size of about 2ft long I decided to switch over and try to design one of Britain's Invincible class carriers.
Like the real thing my model features two working mid-deck aircraft elevators. These work simply by using a tongue accessible at the edge of the deck to move the elevator surface up and down. The forward lift can accommodate both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, while the aft lift can only accommodate fixed wing aircraft.
The model also features a crane for loading and unloading item when docked or along side other ships / boats at sea.
Armaments on my model consist of three Goalkeeper CIWS cannons. These are positioned as in real life on at the Bow, one about midway along on the starboard (right) side and one at the aft of the ship on the port (left) side. I may in the future re-model the bow to include a sea-dart missile system which the real life Invincible was originally fitted and was removed to enlarge the flight deck and accommodate the RAF Harrier GR7s weapons magazines.
To give the model some 'play' value the middle section of the flight deck can be flipped open to give access to the hanger deck where up to 2 jets and helicopter can be stored at any one time. The hanger deck is on level with the elevators when they are at their lowest allowing for smooth transition between the two.
I tried to make the flight deck as stud free as possible, however to stop the Jets and Choppers falling off whenever the ship is moved, I carefully placed studs in positions that would allow for the mimicking of real life flight deck arrangements of aircraft. I call these studs mount-points as they are where the aircraft are mounted on the flight deck.
Since my initial design I have revised the design of the ship's island to include more detail especially the radar domes, but also revisiting the models masts, and making them as accurate both in shape and colour as possible.
Below are some additional pictures of different sections of the ship that you may find interesting.
Thank you for your interest, if you want you can let me know what you thought about this model by leaving a comment, I would be interested to know!!!
Quoting Christian Leifeling
Very nice work, its just amazing
little question: How long does it take to upload all the pics?!
PS.: Pls add a comment on my Ark Royal
Thank you for taking the time to look at my MOC and comment. The pictures took a while to upload, I had to do them in batches, not sure exactly how long as it was a while ago I uploaded them, probably 30-60 minutes as a rough guess.