Chinese teacher builds huge replica of Liaoning aircraft carrier for ‘fun and education’

Massive model, which creator claims is China’s biggest, took 50 tonnes of steel and 10 months to build

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 4:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2018, 3:15pm

A college tutor from northern China has built a huge replica of the country’s Liaoning aircraft carrier that is big enough to be used for both educational purposes and fun, local media reported.

Ha Jing created the model, which is almost 33 metres long, over a period of 10 months with the help of a team of local builders and engineers, Yanzhao Evening News reported on Wednesday.

The 1:10 scale replica, which stands in the grounds of the Hebei Institute of Communication in Hebei province, used more than 50 tonnes of steel and according to Ha is “the largest aircraft carrier model in China”.

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One of the key features of the triple-decker is a 20 metre by three metre central cabin, which can be used for “patriotic education and student parties”, the report said.

Ha said he was a keen model maker and had been approached by college authorities to build the massive ship. The report did not say how much it cost to build.

The replica had been painted in PLA Navy grey and the flight deck featured many of the markings that would be found on the real thing, the report said.

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Ha said he planned to add several models of the J-15 fighter jets carried by the Liaoning, as well as missile launchers and aircraft hangars. He said he based his design on photographs he had seen of the carrier and visits to a smaller Kiev-class vessel based in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

While the model was static, there were plans for a canal to be cut through the campus, so it might one day even float, the report said.