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« on: February 14, 2011, 12:12:27 pm »

To all fellow modelers who show interest to  this post, your thoughts is greatly appreciated. please forgive me if This topic has   been discussed before. I have to say I’m disappointed for what is offered  in plastic classic liner models on the web. I Did build a 1/350 minicraft Titanic a few years ago and was somewhat impressed with the out of box detail. I am far from a professional but do appreciate a accurate representation of a ship, not a glorified bathtub toy with made-up running gear. I  do have a  couple of questions  that maybe someone could answer.
How do manufactures decide future kit releases?
In your opinion, if a reputable manufacture released a series of classic liners in 1/350 or 1/700, do you think they would do well in today’s market?
Just for fun, which ones would you like to see?
Here are mine.
UNITED STATES
FRANCE
NORMANDIE
QE1
QM1
ANDREA DORIA
RMS CARONIA
One of the Grace line beauties

Liner Fans , What say you?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 03:59:17 pm »

Hello CaptDog!

As I am absolutely crazed for Ocean Liners and having some transatlantic crossings on my „nautical mileage“ I was really blissfully happy to find your message.

Well, I would simply love to build the RMS Caronia. I cannot even say why I have been infatuated with the ship since my first transatlantic crossing. Maybe it is her thoroughly classical silhouette while showing some features of a modern yacht.

The Conte di Savoia (the liner with the first gyroscopes as stabilizers) would be another candidate although she has very much the same features as the Caronia – but something I don’t quite appreciate about the liners of the 50’s and 60’s is the funnel’s shape. I prefer the classical style of a QM.

Anyway the United States would be THE crown on my bookcase. Although a modern liner she still has all the classical features from bow to stern and the funnels make a perfect fit. All the more reason to hope for these people: http://www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/
to be successful in saving her.

Yes, you are right, not many interesting models are available.

Well, if you feel like shoptalking ocean liners and ships in general just let me know.

Have a great day of plain sailing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 04:06:22 pm »

How about the old classic Funchal...now I would buy that one...
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 04:13:37 am »

Yes indeedy!

Agree with all those above, and I would really throw Saga Ruby, Saga Rose, and Canberra
into the mix. Beautiful lines on those ships!
And for something different that nobody has really mentioned on this topic, what about the P&O ships, eg, Himalaya and Arcadia.

Lets keep this going folks!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 08:26:50 pm »

Hello CaptDag,

Have you never heard of scratchbuilding? You just get authentic plans, lots of photos(preferrably colour) for reference, a good how do book and go. Museum pieces don't come out of a box.
But seriously, waiting for a company to produce a kit based on sales is a little like Alexander Selkirk awaiting a rescue...could be a log, long, time.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012, 10:07:04 pm »

Hello there!

This is indeed a really nice topic. I guess the manufacturers, mostly, go for the more publicly known ocean liners, such as RMS Titanic, RMS QM2, RMS QE2, etc... Even though those are remarkable choises, they've become somewhat... common. I, myself, have made a 1/350 model of the QM2, and the detail is really good, but I'd really prefer I had more choises.
My list would be:
SS United States
RMS Queen Mary
SS Normandie
SS Canberra
and off course SS France/Norway.
There are definatelly a lot more....

Regards, Nick!

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2012, 03:36:07 am »

I'd like to see (apart from "modern" liners like Michelangelo/Raffaello/Oriana) more ships from the first quarter of the last century. White Star Line's "Big Four", Deutschland (1900), Kaiser Wilhelm II (1903), Empress of Ireland (1906), Mauretania (1907), Imperator (1913), Vaterland (1914), Aquitania (1914) and Arundel Castle (1921) and Windsor Castle (1922), the latter two with four funnels of course! Come to think of it, are there any Union-Castle liners on sale? Think I never saw one...
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2012, 06:21:42 am »

Plastic model kits are out of date in this internet / digital age. In the 60/70th, I remember kits like Queen Mary (1), Queen Elisabeth (1), Canberra, France, a French ferry, etc. Most om them 20 to 40 cm long. Brands like Revell and Aurora. Later the famous Finnjet ferry, a Ben-Line-cargoship, a C3-cargo, a T2-tanker. In my youth every boy was busy with plastic kits (cars, planes, warships, etc). What is the youth doing to day? Facebooking and internet.
Recently I was lucky to find a new kit of the Finnjet, 40 cm long, on a local version of E-bay. Here in Holland only the QM2 is for sale now, some 50 cm long. And indeed the Titanic in several scales. And the ferry Color Magic and the cruiseship Aida-something. That is it!
Therefore I started building ferries and ro/ro-cargo's in wood and paper now from scratch: a nice paste time in the dark winter evening hours!
The number of people that are interested in plastic kits and buy them, is simply to small to afford releasing a new kit. Alas, those days are over!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 02:58:19 pm »

I am also a keen fan of Ocean Liners and enjoy all of the suggestions in this thread. Also, I disagree with Pieter Inpyn that the heyday of models is at an end. I think there are still plenty of us enthusiasts left!
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 04:20:54 pm »

Ahoy Mateys!

It's great to see that others are still modeling. Chip, I agree, I think the digital age will bring ship modeling into a golden age, where sellers can reach a wider market and fans can access more kits and meet fellow ship-lovers on wonderful sites such as this. We should be utilising Facebook in order to show the youth of today what fun they could be having!

I have to say, I think my favourite ocean liner has to be M.S. Kungsholm. My wife and I began building our model together whilst on holiday in February and it has been brilliant fun. Can anyone suggest what we should make next? She has a preference for historic European ships, whereas I prefer the more modern ocean liners. Do you have any suggestions for a nice ship that we could both enjoy?

Best,
Declan  Grin

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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012, 03:55:04 am »

Yes, the topic of ocean liners has always been of interest to me. I have built models of the Andrea Doria and Conte Di Savoia, both in 1:200 scale. (I am Italian) Ocean liners are the most elegant things mankind has put upon the sea and I would not like it if even their memory was wiped out
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 08:47:11 pm »

I would definetely lke to build the model of Mauretania (the first one). Because of its historic significance and of course the fact that it was the Blue Ribbon holder for so many years.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2015, 09:17:11 am »

How about the old classic Funchal
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