As promised, with the new materials available I have completely redrawn CVA-01 from scratch.
I feel I must apologise for the poor touching up efforts I made at the start of this thread! In my defence I call on two things; first it was five years ago and we've all come a long way since then. Second, the only reliable line drawings we had were two pretty scrappy side-views from Friedman's 'British Carrier Aviation' and Roger Chesneau's 'Aircraft Carriers of the World' and Bombhead found a port-view in a Leo Marriot book. All were actually quite erroneous and reflected a slightly earlier design. Actually, one of Friedman's own rough layout sketches in British Carrier Aviation' showed the final design but we just didn't realise it at the time.
My primary sources have been John Jordan's excellent plans in Ian Sturton's article in 'Warship 2014' and the official artists impression paintings. Alongside Jordan's drawings the artist's impressions actually make more sense and they are remarkably accurate in some details, less so in others. Note that the artist's impression is also of an earlier design. Jordan's plans are of the Final Design of November 1965. One of the notable differences of the final design are the straight funnels rather than the angled ones so often shown in other sources. Probably some further detail changes would have been made had construction begun but here I think we have the closest of what they would have looked like.
Jordan's drawings still had some ambiguous elements and the port side of the island was missing so I've had to join the dots in some areas. I think 95% of the details are correct, including aerials, panel lines and most of the hull cut-out details etc. Deck markings are based on those from Ark Royal. I'm also quite chuffed that this is the first ever three-view of a real ship that I've done solo.
The Sea Dart launcher for CVA-01 was to be a different model to either of those fitted to Type 82 and 42. No detailed drawings have ever been unearthed so I've done a best guess here based on the two launchers and the artists impressions. Features of note include the RAS stations along the island and a fuel RAS station forward just under the starboard sponson. Also noteworthy are the four deck-edge ammunition lifts to the Alaskan Highway and the two refuelling stations located there.
The airwing is as planned in service, the Phantoms are of 899 Sqn which in reality never operated the type but could easily have been one of the Sea Vixen squadrons to convert.
Hopefully I will be able to soon add the interesting original S.C.C. Project 35 design of March 1963. I might throw a couple of what-if aircraft into the mix too!