Kerry, it is one of those you are going to have to scratch build !
Although, I have given this some thought, never got further than buying a 1/700th scale kit and doing some drawings but my idea was for making 1/48th scale flying RC models to land and take from it for these indoor RC flying sessions.
But making it portable was going to be a key feature so I figure correx plastic sheets would be the ideal material for this as it would be relatively easy to make it slot together in chunks lime a scalectric race track.
With a bit of sensible design the whole thing could be packed up into a 4 x 2 x 1 box with another smaller box for the coning tower and other details such as the, edge walkways, crane, elevator mechanisms, catapult motors and motorised buggy wheels so I could drive it around on a flat floor.
It would take about 6 or 7 sheets of 8x4 feet 4mm correx to get the basic boat together as it would be built from the water line up with a hollow bottom to take the buggy wheels. the deck would be about 16 inches from the floor with a length of nearly 23 feet and a width of almost 5 feet at the widest point. Whilst it would be basically a simple project it would be a large one with an almost endless scope for detailing but very doable though, probably cost about a £100 to do plus the radio gear etc. on top to make it fully functional, catapults, arrester wires, elevators, cranes, lights, drive motors, sounds and of course 1/48 vehicles and aircraft etc. For instance a Blade Msr can be squeezed into a 1.48 Hughes 500 & Bell 47, larger helis like the Huey, Seaking etc. could take Mcpx mechanics. Phantoms & Tomcats at 1/48 could take the latest range of 3/4 channel micro RC gear, though you would need to make them from depron foam to make them light enough. A 1/48th jeep or tow truck could use the mechanics from a Palm Z RC micro car. etc. etc.
All very doable but it would be a massive project though both in size and logistics but with sensible design it could all be folded away to fit in most cars and for storage. Another idea to take it a step further and make it work on water to would be to carve some foam blocks that link together in 4 foot lengths that clip onto the rest of the boat. The foam blocks would of course house the rudders, motors and props.
The biggest challenge as I see it would be landing the fixed wingers accurately onto the arrester wires and lining up for finals etc. especially as you are not in the plane and hence you deprived of the first person perspective so I was thinking a projector located at the stern directly under the center line of the landing runway pointing up at 9 degrees which would light up the under side of the plane when your are in the finals zone cone. If the projector used an image of concentric circles of different colours to make it easier to judge where you are in the cone zone as it were, Red for the outer limits, then amber and Green for the middle when you are on the "Ball" and by keeping the plane in the Green you can line up every time or least know that if you are in the Red when you get close you can abort the landing and do a go round etc. A laser cross hair doing the same job as well for added accuracy.
Helicopters would be easier in this regard because you can stop moving before you land and thus give yourself time to line up etc.
Add a few scale models to decorate the ship and a few micro cameras here and there on the deck & coning tower and make some awesome videos !!
BIG BIG project though !!
Well anyway thats my idea of full on scale modeling, hopefully one day I'll get round to doing it
This is the tiny teaser I made for a friend
6. June 2015 at 14:47:20