The kit instructions have the wings butt-glued to the fuselage but I was uncomfortable with that idea and so used the wires for added strength. (picture 1) When my daughter bought a new laptop, I took her old one and use it exclusively for modeling: the ability to enlarge any picture on those two CD’s from National Defence has proven to be invaluable – although it does temp one to try to model the tiniest, often unnecessary detail. HMCS BONAVENTURE (22) The History of the BONAVENTURE. Picture 22 shows the hull turned upside-down on the flight deck (60/1000” styrene) The gaps seen in this picture would be filled in at the hull knuckle with styrene – the diagrams for them are seen in picture 23 and picture 24 shows a number of them in place. I produced ten Banshee models, which were resin kits from the small company called Miniwings. It's new name HMCS Bonaventure taken from the island bird sanctuary in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. She carried F2H-3 Banshee fighters, H04S helicopters, and CS2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft (pictures 14 to 16) when she entered service. google_color_bg = "FFFFFF"; 16 results for hmcs bonaventure. In March, 2008, I made an appointment view almost 800 pictures of Bonaventure, her air wings, her crews, her commanders. Picture 53 shows one early style posed beside a much lower USN style tractor. [1000 x 700] HMCS Bonaventure from the stern, photo taken in October 1957. How stupid do you want me to be?” On the Under the Cat website there is an article by Stu Soward called ‘The Tragedy of Success’. Note the final picture below: It was taken a half-century ago when the RCN was itself a half-century old. I built four tractors – two ‘early’ style and two ‘USN’ style. The A-7 was also considered. The catapult often gave trouble and would be out of service. Brand New. google_ad_width = 468; This squadron was disbanded in the fall of 1959 and its aircraft adsorbed by Squadron 870. The reason usually given by Canadian Navy spokesmen at the time was that the Banshee already had a long range, so the tanks were not necessary. The number 566 on a piece of masking tape shows how I kept individual aircraft identified until I could get the correct decals added. google_color_url = "008000"; Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from HMCS Bonaventure.. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! Free shipping. This small scene is based on an actual picture I have – but the real aircraft had its wings folded, chocks in place, and the aircraft is chained to the deck – what I have provided is not realistic (=not safe!) This composite is inserted only to provide a general mock-up. She served in the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Forces Maritime Command from 1957 to 1970 and was the third and the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada. And when all the gluing, painting, and decaling was finished – the planes were still tail-heavy. Courtesy of Charles Case (5) Matte, John (23) Boicey, Orv, CPO2 (28) Mitchell, Earl C., PO.LT (30) Yule, Andrew C., PO.AT HMCS BONAVENTURE. In fact, they were small enough that two could be transported on a single elevator (picture 29). Two A4D Skyhawks were tested in 1964 as a potential replacement, but none were purchased. Brand New. USS MISSOURI in 1/200 Scale ACHIEVE NAVAL SUPERIORITY! (pictures 7 to 10). Picture 29 shows small pieces of hardwood glued on before carving and picture 30 shows the carving and preliminary sanding done in this area. Picture 54 shows all four machines completed, and posed in such a way as to show the front and back of each style. google_color_border = "336699"; I produced six Sea Kings for the Bonaventure model. These ships were part of an emergency program to get carriers into the Royal Navy as soon as possible so they were built in commercial yards with non-armoured commercial hulls up to the hangar deck. At only 58” it can be handled by one person. For the aircraft that had their wings folded, the problem was solved by gluing wheel chocks onto the wheels. In 1952 the Canadian government purchased HMS Powerful for 21 million dollars and the carrier was commissioned in Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Bonaventure in 1957. Finally, picture 55 shows the tractors placed on the deck in the most common parking area for them – near and under the ship’s crane. google_ad_client = "pub-5234276411028150"; Picture 1 (above) shows how tight the fit was on Bonaventure’s elevators. The finished truck is seen in pictures 49 and 50. And picture 25 shows two crewmen loading sonobuoys into the chutes at the rear of a nacelle while a pilot looks on. I have always wanted to build a model of HMCS Bonaventure but it wasn’t on the top of my list so it was not until 2007 that I began serious work. Has lots of stories of the Bonnie. I decided to do Bonaventure as she was before the streamlining done in the 1966-68 refit. Contact us to order or for details about other products we offer On Bonaventure, Squadrons VS-880 and VS-881 served but as with the Banshees, in 1959 one squadron was disbanded (VS-881) and its machines were taken over by VS-880. The S2F Tracker was the primary anti-submarine aircraft used on the Bonaventure. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. But it didn’t begin as a joke. HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22) was a Majestic-class aircraft carrier that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the successor Canadian Forces Maritime Command from 1957 to 1970 and was the third and the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada's military. The intervening spaces were filled with pine and everything would be sheathed in 1/32” basswood, my preferred method of construction. or Best Offer. //-->. In the end, the feeling was that a squadron of fighters simply got in the way of Bonaventure’s primary mission – hunting and destroying submarines. As I write this, in June of 2012, the CHSS-2 Sea King, first delivered in 1964, is still in service in Canada. The last Tracker built in Canada is seen in picture 11 (above). google_color_link = "0000FF"; - Museum Quality Custom Airctaft Profile Prints,