Unboxing Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Formidable

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History

HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered for the Royal Navy before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious. Formidable’s aircraft played a key role in the Battle of Cape Matapan in early 1941, and she was badly damaged by German dive bombers in May.

Assigned to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean in early 1942, Formidable returned home for a brief refit before participating in Operation Torch in November. She remained in the Mediterranean and covered the invasions of Sicily and mainland Italy in 1943 before beginning a lengthy refit.

Formidable made several attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz in Norway in mid-1944 as part of the Home Fleet. She was subsequently assigned to the British Pacific Fleet in 1945 where she played a supporting role during the Battle of Okinawa and later attacked targets in the Japanese Home Islands. The ship was used to repatriate liberated Allied prisoners of war and soldiers after the Japanese surrender and then ferried British personnel across the globe through 1946. She was placed in reserve the following year and sold for scrap in 1953.

Inside the box:
Inside the box, we have:

  • Full-colour instructions
  • 535 plastic parts (approx)
  • 70 approx PE parts in the standard version
  • One metal plate
  • Decal sheet
  • 430 approx PE Parts for the special edition
  • Brass barrels and masts for the special edition

Instructions:

The instructions are on 2 long full colour sheets of paper as is normal for Flyhawk ships. There’s colour used where needed to make things more obvious and avoid mistakes.

Conclusion:

A highly detailed kit with a high parts count, especially if you get the special edition.

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