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This one really takes me back to my childhood, I built the Fearless in the 70's and I recall how cool it was at it had helicopters and landing craft. I am sure no paint was harmed in the build but there may have been excess tube glue used.

 

Mine kit is the 1975 rebox of the 1968 tooled kit. I have not built a 1/600 Airfix kit since the 70s so this will be interesting. it will be OOB and there will be paint this time around.

 

I just need to sort out some paint equivalents for the Airfix colours called out in the instructions.

 

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Wow. Blast from the past. I also built this when I was a kid. 

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It's very encouraging to see so many ships popping up in the GB - looking forward to seeing some sprue shots - what does a 1/600 helicopter look like...

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Excellent choice, Ray and the deck looks as if it will be really 'busy'. The ship has a very interesting service history and is referenced as 'Fearless featured in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me as the ship that picks up Bond's escape pod'. Is there room for that escape pod on deck....?

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15 hours ago, BIG X said:

It's very encouraging to see so many ships popping up in the GB - looking forward to seeing some sprue shots - what does a 1/600 helicopter look like...

My contribution was a toss up between this one and the HMS Ajax, another childhood build. Depending on how I go here it may get started as well.

 

Not much like a helicopter, that being said I must resist the urge to try and fix it up. I googled the Fearless kit and found one that had been fixed up with etch. It looked very nice, I will try and do mine OOB with only filling to fix a few poorly moulded parts and hide the sink marks that will not destroy the surrounding detail.

9 hours ago, Ventora3300 said:

Excellent choice, Ray and the deck looks as if it will be really 'busy'. The ship has a very interesting service history and is referenced as 'Fearless featured in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me as the ship that picks up Bond's escape pod'. Is there room for that escape pod on deck....?

I was not aware of that, I might have to dive into my 50 Years of Bond collection and rewatch that one. There are a few bits an pieces supplied to put on the helo deck, I will have to strategically position them to cover the noticeable sink marks!

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This should make a nice change for you Ray. Looking forward to seeing it come together.

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After I created the build thread I managed a couple of hours on the build (while watching some great Mach Loop videos on Youtube :D )

 

Here is a shot of the sprues (as requested by @BIG X ), well after I had started the many assembly.

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I started on the Well Deck, some nice sink maks which I will leave alone

 

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The hull went together with a little help from some tape and clamps

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And I found the kit was moulded in 1967, I suppose it first appeared in the 1968 catalogue

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The upper superstructure was assembled

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and some test fitting of the major components so far

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and some more pesky sink marks on the flight deck which I will leave and spot the helicopters over them.

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For some reason I stumbled across one of these on fleabay.  It really took my fancy.  will be following with interest!

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On 04/08/2018 at 00:32, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

And I found the kit was moulded in 1967, I suppose it first appeared in the 1968 catalogue

 

This seems to be fairly common with some of the original Airfix kits - the Bristol F.2B I am doing is the other way round - released / in the catalogue in 1956 but 1957 stamped in the fuselage. I've yet to find out if the date stamped from the mould was always the same or if it changed - a lot of the kits have no date at all. Apparently, dates on the mould and in the catalogue reflected the latest 'intention' for release of the kit but may not have been matched by what actually then happened.  Anyway, looking forward to seeing those 1/600 helicopters on deck! Cheers Mike.

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Brilliant stuff and looking forward to seeing more of this one.

 

That boxart is great too - the busy deck, landing craft, even the weathering on the ship itself. 👍

 

Dermot

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On 04/08/2018 at 00:32, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

After I created the build thread I managed a couple of hours on the build (while watching some great Mach Loop videos on Youtube :D )

 

I started on the Well Deck, some nice sink marks which I will leave alone

and some more pesky sink marks on the flight deck which I will leave and spot the helicopters over them.

 

 

 

You seem to have more than your fair share of sink marks on this kit! Hope it doesn't sink the kit! Cheers. Mike

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Well, I thought I had done a more recent update, but it is not so.

 

@Dermo245 I loved the box art on this kit when I saw it in my youth, one of those attention grabbers.

 

  @Ventora3300, I think I have the sink marks sorted, she is now bathworthy :D

 

On to the update, plenty of glueing, filling, sanding and painting has gone on since the last update

 

Getting the propulsion sorted

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and the well deck

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I painted the decks as best I could figure from the box art. I plucked a colour form the paint collection.

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It took a couple of goes to get the deck paint off the bulkheads

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On to some superstructure components and the landing craft

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A test fit of the sub-assemblies

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Some hull painting

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On to adding some more fiddley bit and some detail painting I guess.

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Good to see this one taking shape Ray... impressive stuff! 

Cheers.. Dave 

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Almost near the end. I have been doing bits in the past week and it is almost seaworthy. I had time at a local club display to do some work. The local model shipwrights had their display and us plastic guys came along for support. I spent most of Saturday arvo filling, sanding and touching up the bost and other bits.

 

Some more filling of sinkholes, helos this time

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More work on the superstructure

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Landing craft cleaned up and paint started

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More work on the superstructure

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A lot more done, boats, cranes and boat hanger offer thing started to be fitted.

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Using the box top for reference

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Hello Ray!

 

Like many builds on this Group Build, this takes me back! I built mine way back in 1969 in Singapore, and thought it was an amazing ship. I particularly liked the well deck(?) where the landing craft go, so it is great to see this one come to life!

 

It looks really good!

 

All the best,

 

Ray (another one!)

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Thanks Ray (I am also a Ray S :D )

 

I built this one on the mid-70s as I recall. I think I am doing a slightly better job this time around. I just need to do some detail painting on a few bits to spice it up a bit. not sure of the colours to use though.

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17 hours ago, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

Thanks Ray (I am also a Ray S :D )

 

I built this one on the mid-70s as I recall. I think I am doing a slightly better job this time around. I just need to do some detail painting on a few bits to spice it up a bit. not sure of the colours to use though.

Which particular details are you looking for?  I may not know the answer as the kit OOB represents FEARLESS as she was built in the early 60s and I served in her sister ship in 1981, but I can try if it helps.

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5 hours ago, Chewbacca said:

Which particular details are you looking for?  I may not know the answer as the kit OOB represents FEARLESS as she was built in the early 60s and I served in her sister ship in 1981, but I can try if it helps.

I was just after some colours to break up the grey/green of the build Chewy. Boat colours, fittings, doors, cranes, etc. There may not be much of a variation but from the box art there are a few things that have colour that the basic instructions don't mention.

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Well done Ray, great to see this one done and wonderfully finished. 

Cheers and well modelled.. Dave 

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Great model and finish, really does bring back memories!

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Lovely finish, Ray, a lot of work gone into the final details there. That's one to get under glass before any airborne dust gets a chance to settle. Well done. Mike.

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Very nice! This is one of those kits (just like the Whirlwind and Marauder and SR 53) that I was very interested in as a nipper but never got around to buying.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Now I like that a lot! Top job! 👍

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Thanks all, good enough for government work I say!

 

I realised that there was still some tape holding one of the prop shafts in place when I took the pictures. Oh well!

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