Liaoning is a Chinese Type 001 aircraft carrier. The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force, she is classified as a training ship, intended to allow the Navy to experiment, train and gain familiarity with aircraft carrier operations. Originally laid down in 1985, she was built by the Black Sea Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers in Mykolaiv.
Soviet's plan was to build two aircraft carriers at the beginning; one is now the Admiral Kuznetsov, the sole Russian navy aircraft carrier, the other one was named Varyag, which had never been completed due to the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991, the stripped hulk including drawings were eventually sold by Ukraine in 1998 and towed to the Dalian Naval Shipyard located in northeast China.
After a decade long of refitting and deploying latest technology into the ship, on 25th September 2012, the Liaoning CV-16 aircraft carrier was classified with designation of Type 001 in in the People’s liberation Army Navy, she was intended as a training ship, allowing navy to gain various knowledges towards aircraft carrier operations. The Liaoning aircraft carrier was finally announced to be combat ready in November 2016
The research with Liaoning aircraft carrier had not been an easy task. As many collectors aware, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is modified based on the Former Soviet carrier - Varyag, the sister ship of the only aircraft carrier still in service in the Russian navy, Admiral Kuznetsov. So it was a logical decision to begin our research with the Varyag and Admiral Kuznetsov. This particular book is written entirely in Russian, it had taken quite an effort to translate it into English, the line drawing helps us to trace the foundation of our 3D model. Many of the exterior details were photos taken while the Liaoning visited Hong Kong during 2017 July, there were tremendous changes made to the Liaoning since the Chinese PLAN had taken over the carrier.
It is a material that consumers have been craving for, direct measurement towards a product value...
It is a material that consumers have been craving for, direct measurement towards a product value. Yet, it is not friendly to manufacturers because turning the ZAMAK from its raw material shape (very much like a chocolate bar shape) into something specific requires very high level of casting and die design. the melting point of ZAMAK is over 400 degrees, it requires specific casting machine to carry out the work. As you can imagine, operators do not enjoy working with these machines because its surrounding environment incurs high temperatures.
When ZAMAK parts are formed straight out from the die-casting machine, the edges of the parts always connect with some residual materials. These materials were only useful during the process, called filtering bags to improve purity on the parts surface. However, removal of these residual materials, technically speaking, the polish process is tedious and requires a lot of attention from polishing workers, if anything goes wrong the parts would be total lost.
The hull section under waterline in the Liaoning is made by diecast metal, only this particular section weight nearly 400 grams, offers a very rigid structure to the carrier. Our metal raw material is supplied by Lee Kee group, one of the biggest metal materials suppliers in Asia. The particular metal materials we bought are the ZAMAK 3 manufactured from Korea.
The general feedbacks we have been receiving with the Enterprise CVN-65 aircraft carrier are great, magnificent and marvellous...
One of the most interesting things with Forces of Valor products is playability, tanks with spinning wheels, opening hatches and for aircraft carrier series, the fun part is definitely playing with the fighter jets parking configuration across the flight deck...
The general feedbacks we have been receiving with the Enterprise CVN-65 aircraft carrier are great, magnificent and marvellous. However there are also the negatives such as 'why the defend missiles around the ship has to be fixed in position?', 'Those missiles had fallen off when the package turned up?'.
We do not tell lie, gluing is in fact the easiest solution to stick a part on the superstructure, tolerance between the inserting part and target hole could be very loose, glue itself would patch up any potential inaccuracy. But one day we thought to ourselves, why can’t we make those defend missiles as tight fitting parts? First of all, it eliminates the possibility of breakage during transportation and second of all, collectors can rotate the missiles in whatever angles they wish for photo-taking purpose.
Dynamic display stands
Forces of Valor is the first manufacturer to create this dynamic display stands for 1/700 scale aircraft carrier. Since Forces of Valor released the first aircraft carrier, Enterprise CVN-65 in 2015 it sets a new benchmark in the world of diecast collectible. We always strive to impress our collectors with our new products and now, being the second aircraft carrier in our portfolio, question is what’s new?
During our research, we must have seen hundreds of photo, many of them were moment captured while fighter jet taking off or landing on the flight deck and that’s where our inspiration came from, we want to present those heart-pounding moments to our collectors, with these transparent display stands, our ideas become reality. If you stand 1 meter away from the carrier, you could hardly notice the transparent stand and that’s what we call “MAGIC”.
Some said even the greatest joys bring challenge and this statement applies to building an aircraft carrier model kits. It would probably take weeks or more to paint all the lines on the flight deck, this time frame subjects to zero mistakes would be made during the process.
Using our highly precise pad-printing machines, it allows us to print these lines with 99% accuracy according to our drawings. The paint spread evenly over the flight deck and no spills along each line. Taking the Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier as an example, it has nearly 65 lines with different lengths across the fight deck and now Forces of Valor had made it ready for you!
1/700 scale Fighter jets
One of the most interesting things with Forces of Valor products is playability, tanks with spinning wheels, opening hatches and for aircraft carrier series, the fun part is definitely playing with the fighter jets parking configuration across the flight deck.
Compare to the previous aircraft carrier release, the Enterprise CVN-65, the biggest improvement we made this time is the fighter jets surface details, as seen in the photos, the FOV-Unimax F-18 Hornet did not have any panel lines, whereas in the new J-15 fighter jet, we have created an almost model kits level of details. We even taken one step further, made some of the fighter jets with folding wings.
"Wooden look" display base
Each of the Forces of Valor 1/700 scale battleships or aircraft carrier series comes standard with a ‘wooden look’ display base...
Each of the Forces of Valor 1/700 scale battleships or aircraft carrier series comes standard with a ‘wooden look’ display base. The ship sits atop on two gold-plated metal pillars and in front of the display base, we included a metal polished name plate with specific ship name and its service records etched on the surface.
Sea wave display
Sea wave display is one of the proudest packaging designs we have ever created. Our idea was trying to get the maximum exposure for Forces of Valor products in shops display, that said a window box design was vital, instead of keeping the ship inside a regular blister, we created an easy bolt-on system allows collectors nest their ships securely into the sea wave blister, yet the overall look is magnificent and very dynamic.