The first of their kind, the HMS Invincible class ships were the beginning of First Sea Lord Sir Jackie Fisher’s daunted “battle-cruisers”, ships that had the armament of a battleship, but sacrificed the weight of heavy armor to give them the speed of a cruiser. Though plagued with problems when facing enemy battleships at Jutland, when used for their original design purpose as “cruiser killers”, British battle-cruisers did the Royal Navy proud. The HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible sank the German armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisnau at the Battle of the Falkland Islands on Dec. 7, 1914.
A short, stubby hull and twin rudders give the Invincible very good maneuverability. Being a Class 4 ship, it is also allowed to utilize broadside firing BB cannons. A real killer in a close in skirmish with the Axis.
Laid Down: April 2, 1906
Launched: April 13, 1907
Commissioned: March 20, 1909
Sunk: May 13, 1916
Length: 47.25 inches
Beam: 6.58 inches
Ship Speed (original): 25.5 knots
Battling Kit: $732
Fast gun Battling Kit includes: Hull kit, Hardware kit with speed controller (HDW-BB-ESC), 3-cannon system (BBSYST-3B), 2.8 oz. CO2 cylinder (TANK-3), variable pressure regulator (REG-V2), large bilge pump (PUMP-L1-6-18), and three VS-2 servos. Radio and batteries are not included in this kit.
Running hardware (HDW-BB $105 ) or with electronic speed controller (HDW-BB-ESC $145 )
Cannon System: 3-cannon system (BBSYST-3B $161 ) or Dual cannon system (BBSYST-3BD $180 )
CO2 Supply:2.8 oz CO2 tank (TANK-3 $40 )
CO2 Regulator: REG-V2 ($65 )
Bilge Pump with 1/8″ outlet (PUMP-L1-6-18 $32 )
Servos: four VS-2 (for HDW-BB) or three VS-2 (for HDW-BB-ESC) ($8 each )
Radio System: 4 channels minimum, 5 or 6 preferred
Battery Supply: (1) 6 volt, 10 amp hour battery
Building: Intermediate. Recommended for anyone with moderate R/C building skills.
Battling: Rookie to Intermediate.
External Reviews, Photos, and Construction Documentation
HMS Invincible build thread at the RC Naval Combat forum