7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good kit,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Airfix A50059 Royal Navy HMS Illustrious 1:350 Scale Plastic Model Gift Set (Toy)
My brother bought this kit, but he does not make models!. He was in the Navy, I was not but I do build model kits, have been over 30 years.
The first thing is that its brilliant to be able to build a kit of a modern British Aircraft Carrier, all too often manufacturers dedicate themselves to modern American Naval craft or we get stuck with British WW2 craft, but this is where Airfix are to be applauded for finally bringing one of our great ships to kit form, all they need to do now is re model it slightly for the Ark Royal.
The kit is good, not great. Firstly throw away the paints, they are neither use no ornament, too fiddly, not enough of the main colours and do not applicate very well, so get proper enamel paints instead. Its very nicely detailed, but for me has some small gripes, mainly to do with the hull construction due to it being a waterline kit. A great idea, but the hull parts do not properly fit, especially at the stern of the ship. Filler is required to get a better fit. Overall construction is good, the instructions are okay but dull, it would be nice if they could explain exactly what it is your sticking on the model.
The superstructure goes together well, again the fit near the bridge is not great but once painted, is acceptable. Location of some parts on the sprue leave a lot to be desired, requiring very careful removal.
If you ever get the chance to build a Trumpeter or Tamiya, you will know where Airfix need to get to for the next level, the quality of parts, detail, instruction and assembly, but like I said before, its great to be able to build British modern ship.
The most outstanding feature are the decals, which truly bring the ship alive on the deck. It turns a dull model into a replica, and these are its saving grace, because once applied its just brings the ship together. It needs more planes for the deck, you only get 4 Harriers, 4 Helicopters but there is a kit you can buy for extra craft.
I am pleased to have built it and I am pleased with the finish. Certainly helps the weekend to pass by. Well done Airfix.