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PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2017 00:17 am 
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This conversion of the Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (06203) was built for the ATF 2017 "What-If" Group Build.

The background story is that the Falklands Conflict did not end with the surrender of the Argentine forces on the Falklands but it became a much longer war with Argentina. The Royal Navy found itself in need of more amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. HMS Bulwark was brought out of mothballs and recomissioned as a stop-gap but due to her age it was necessary to find another way to fill the gap. It was decided to the QE2 would be dropped from it's role as troopship and converted to a "Harrier Carrier" but with an amphibious dock at the stern.

The conversion entails removing all decks above the weather deck, building an island to starboard, building sponsons either side, with davits on the starboard side for landing craft, cutting out a stern dock and fitting a flight deck with lifts.

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White metal Harriers and helicopters came from Tumbling Dice. Landing craft were scratch-built and other parts came from about eight different Airfix kits.

You can read about the build here.

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2017 10:33 am 
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Well, it looks like it's a thing rather than a semi-scratch build.

Other than the hull, is there actually much of the 736 left?

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What a great conversion, it looks as if it should have been done for real! :thumb: :thumb:

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2017 12:51 pm 
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Thanks lads :thumb:
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Well, it looks like it's a thing rather than a semi-scratch build.

Other than the hull, is there actually much of the 736 left?

I did use a fair bit of the QE2 decks in the sponsons as well as using the mast, funnel, bridge, davits and cranes. I also used parts from another 6 Airfix kits.

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Superb Whiffery, Dave! That is really "out there" and a really clever concept beautifully realised, whichever pills you are taking... keep taking them! :clapping:

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I really like the look of her! :)
Great whiff. :clap:

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Thank you lads :thumb:

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Superb WHIFF, just absolutely superb :notworthy: :notworthy:

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