For a long time I was looking for a way to photograph my US NAVY aircraft on an aircraft carrier deck in 1/72. Building a complete aircraft carrier would not be an option, but how about a small section? I thought it shouldn’t be that difficult.
1.) First of all, I recommend to think about which planes you want to build next and on which carrier they have served, because then everything fits together perfectly.
I first collected a lot of photos of aircraft carrier islands using Google image search. Then I thought about the proportions so that everything fits the scale. The dimensions can be determined using doors, as this can easily be transferred to other lengths.
See my basic layout for the main structure of the island.
USN Carrier Island WWII 1-72 download
It is just the main structure, but you can see how it works, I am considering to bring out a complete paper template for printing in the near future
2.) I used gray cardboard that was coated white on one side and painted with acrylic paint.
For this I used a wide bristle brush and painted the entire surface of the cardboard with matt acrylic paint (from tube) in gray.