HMS Vengeance was launched on February 23, 1944 by Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson and completed & commissioned at Newcastle on January 15, 1945. She served in the British Pacific Fleet based in Hong Kong and returned to Britain on 13 August 1946. In December 1948 she was employed on six weeks of cold weather trials in the Arctic; in 1948-1949 was Flagship of the Third Aircraft Carrier Squadron (Home Fleet) in 1950-51. In 1951, she relieved her sister ship Warrior on trooping duties in the Far East. In 1952 she ferried troops to Singapore and aircraft to Malta and then as a training carrier in Home waters. She was refitted in 1952-53, during which she was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy on 13 November 1952 pending completion of HMAS Melbourne, and sailed to Australia in January 1953. On 12 August 1955 she return to the UK, and was placed in reserve until being sold to the Brazilian Navy on 14 December 1956. Refitted at Rotterdam until 1960, she was renamed Minas Gerais and served until the year 2000.
Vengeance main characteristics:
Builder: Swan Hunter
The model is made in 1/700 scale and represents the HMS Vengeance in 1956 prior to her sale to Brazil.
|This model, except the aircraft, Bofors single guns and
the photoetch fittings, is completely scratchbuilt. The materials used
were a combination of balsa wood and Plastruct polystyrene sheets for the
hull, superstructure, gun shields, and other parts; copper wire and Plastruct
rods for the masts and double 40 mm gun barrels. It took four months to
|The aircraft displaying in this Model are five WEM Hawker Sea Fury and five WEM Fairey Firefly, with their respective photoetch fittings.|
|For more exactly model building I used drawings of the French carrier Arromanches from the Musee de la Marine, drawings of HMAS Sydney as well as several photographs of various Colossus class carriers kindly provided by Mr. A.D. Baker III who contributed greatly to this project. Also, I want to thank to Anthony Coffey of HMS Vengeance Association for some detailed information about the ship.|
|For the painting the model, Mr. Peter hall from White Ensign
Models assisted me with information about the ships colors.
|The color of all the rafts fitted to the aircraft carriers
post 1945 was the same as the ship sides i.e. light gray.
I have taken six months in making this model and has been a goal that I had 22 years ago and finally I have obtained. I have made a silicone mold of this model in order to make resin copies for build some Colossus variant models.
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