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HMS Invincible
25th Falklands War Anniversary ~ Premium Edition
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by: Jim Adams [ GOLDENPONY ]

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A little history...

HMS Invincible was the lead ship in the three ship class, she was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering. Launched by Queen Elizabeth II in May of 1977 she was commissioned in July of 1980. In early 1982 Invincible was to be sold to Australia, however that was halted due to the Falkland Island War.

She under went a refit which provided for a longer flight deck and a redesigned ski ramp. She served her country until 2005 when she was decommissioned. She is kept in condition so she can be returned to service with 18 months notice. She is to be held in this status until 2010 when she will be officially struck from Royal Navy rosters.

Displacement: 22,000 tons

Length: 194m (636 ft 6 in)

Beam: 36m (118ft 1in)

Draft: 7.5m (24ft 7in)

Propulsion: 4 s Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B Gas Turbines
Providing 97,000 hp
8 Paxman Valenta Diesel Generators

Speed: 28 knots, 18 knots cursing

Range: 7,000 miles at 18 knots

Complement: 1051 crew

Armament: 3 x Goalkeeper CWIS
2 x GAM-B01 20mm close range guns

Aircraft: Sea Harrier fighter/bomber “jump jets”, Sea King helicopters, Merlin and Lynx helicopters.

The Kit...

This new Premium Edition kit from DML represents the ship as she sailed off to the Falkland Islands War in 1982.

The lidded box shows the Invincible with one of her Harrier jump jets steaming into harms way. The box holds the four bags of grey styrene parts, one fret of PE parts, decals, and the instruction sheet.

Sprue A holds the hull halves as well as a few different sections to the superstructure. The detail in the parts is nicely done and crisp. The hull might require some clean up along it seam. I dry fit my sample and the split was noticeable. With careful gluing it is possible it will not be as noticeable. The hull is only set up to make the full hull version. So those who like the waterline versions of ship will have to do some surgery.

Sprue B brings with it the flight deck of the carrier. The flight deck has raised detail, as does the ski ramp. The raised detail looks a little large for the scale. Advanced builders might want to sand the deck flush and scribe the lines into the deck. Other parts on this sprue are used for the superstructure and side details of the ship.

Sprue C contains some of the ships Harriers, Sea King Helos, boats, and a few other odds and ends parts. The aircraft have a decent amount of detail for being so small. There are two of the sprues. One also holds the display base for you ship.

Sprue B is one of those that gives your spare parts box a good deal of parts. There are only a few parts actually used for this particular build.

The brass photo etched fret include railings for the flight deck, netting for the ships ski ramp, and radar systems. They are finely done and will look great once installed.

The details are simple and straight forward. There are markings for your Harriers as well as those for the ship.


Overall, I liked this kit. It is a straight forward simple kit and will give you a nice looking ship when you are done. HMS Invincible was a very unique ship and filled the position of flag ship for the Royal Navy. She was such an important ship that Argentina still claims to have sank her during the war 25 years ago. During our operations in the North Atlantic we operated with Invincible. We never did get any closer than a few miles, but she still look like an impressive ship.

Novice builders should have few if any problems building her. More adventurous builders can do some surgery and make a nice waterline ship.


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Highs: Clean looking build that will give everyone a nice ship.
Lows: Full hull only
Verdict: Overall: Nice kit and should make both novice and advanced builders happy.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: 7072
  Suggested Retail: $30.32 USD
  Related Link: Official Company Website
  PUBLISHED: Jan 14, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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Very nice Jim. I'm doing a build review on this same kit for IPMS/USA. It is too bad about the raised details on the flight deck. Gator
JAN 14, 2008 - 01:38 PM
I have one Premium kit ready for the Cold War Tin Cans GB, 2 more in the stash, nice to know they are good kits and fit for novices. Speaking of Premium kits and PE, Does anyone have suggestions as to PE-bending tools, that work for both small PE frets and the larger rail pieces? Um, maybe I should post this question somewhere else?
JAN 14, 2008 - 01:48 PM
A little off topic, mate, but you've come to the right place... PE bending tools, yes, there are a few key players in the market, all bend ferrous and non-ferrous metals of various gauge's...BUT, there are differences in the way that each bend, and certain features of each makes each of the different tools attractive to different modelers. My two favorites are the Fenderbender and the Hold-n-fold, and like I previously stated, they both bend metals, but differently, thus, the two tools are in my toolbox...if you're serious about using photo-etch in your builds, then one, two, (or more!) of these tools will make the job easier in the long run...best bet is to talk to many modelers about the subject, research as much as you can on each product, then try to make a decision as to which one would best suit YOU...check these out........................ FenderBender Hold-n-Fold Flip R5
JAN 14, 2008 - 10:25 PM
Its odd that I really didn't notice that until I got to that sprue. I was really liking the kit right until I saw that. I am sure it won't be that much of a challange, but it is a pain. I would really like to squeeze that one into my schedule and do a build log straight OOB. I'll waht I can do here in the next month or so. James, The PE might cause you some headaches when you first try to work with it on the smaller scales. My current build has some PE and I was looking over that portion of the build last night. When it is time for those steps I will just sit back, turn off the phones, lock myself in the spare room, and take my time. It is a challange, but it will also make your build better in the long run.
JAN 15, 2008 - 12:30 AM
Oops, sorry to jump out of topic, my bad! Thanks for the info, have some research to do now.. thanks and my apologies again! Jim
JAN 15, 2008 - 05:56 AM
Jim, I used a sharp chisel blade in the X-acto knife and mine came off relatively quickly. Total time I believe was about 15 minutes removing and sanding. James, I recently purchased the Flip R5 tool. It's perfect for the smaller photo etch parts, for me that is. I also have a smaller pe tool similar to the Hold-n-fold. Between the two, it's all I need for 1/700 scale. btw...If you do decide on the Fenderbender, get one now. There are only a few left in stock and Ausfwerks has no plans to make any more. Gator
JAN 15, 2008 - 06:39 AM
hello Jim, thanks for the review,have you thought about running a campaign for the Falklands War.you could get the treadheads and the airdales involved also.just an idea. cheers, Bruce
JAN 15, 2008 - 06:52 AM

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