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Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:06:07 am »
It has been a couple of years or more since I last did a "What-If" but here is one I have just finished. It is a conversion of the Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 to a "Harrier Carrier".

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 to be brought out of mothballs and recomissioned as a stop-gap but due to her age and poor condition of her hull it was necessary to find another way to fill the gap. It was decided that 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.

























White metal Harriers and helicopters came from Tumbling Dice. Landing craft were made from plastic card and apart from the Airfix QE2 there are parts from another six Airfix kits.

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 06:39:32 am »
That's a very, very interesting model  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 06:44:56 am »
Another six kits ?! Wow ! That's a lot of parts and it certainly turned out in our favour ! Love the sleek look of her, and the mixed flight deck, especially the SAR Sea King ! Great job on the landing craft as well those look perfect !

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 07:25:24 am »
Very impressive,  :thumbsup:

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 10:52:07 am »
Thanks, lads.  ;D

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 01:57:26 pm »
That's VERY clever.  :thumbsup:

I like the way you kept the QE2's original funnel as it shows the ship's origins very well, but almost everything else looks SO different. Great job.
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 03:17:55 pm »
Great concept.  Well done
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 11:23:59 am »
Thanks, lads  :thumbsup:
I like the way you kept the QE2's original funnel as it shows the ship's origins very well, but almost everything else looks SO different. Great job.
It was difficult to keep any QE2 bits but I was able to use the funnel, foremast, bridge and cranes externally and some of the QE2 decks internally.

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2017, 11:39:30 am »
Wow :thumbsup:

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2017, 03:49:35 pm »
Great idea & a fascinating model! :thumbsup:

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2017, 05:06:58 pm »
I thought the funnel looked unusual for a warship but now I know why! Nice touch. :mellow:
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2017, 05:58:07 am »
Once again, thank you for your comments.  ;D

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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2017, 01:27:03 pm »
Well that's different.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2017, 02:48:42 pm »
That looks so right, it really does  :thumbsup:
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Re: Conversion of RMS QE2 to Harrier Carrier
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2017, 04:38:17 am »
Thank you lads.

Dave