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Building, displaying and collecting model cruise ships are very popular hobbies. Of course, you might only want a single ship to display as a part of your complete maritime collection. Whatever your interests in these models may be, you can learn more about them here.
The RMS Titanic is one of the most popular choices. Building one can be difficult, as there are a number of intricate details. Kits are available in a number of different sizes and the completed models are also available for sale. The Titanic can rightfully be called an engineering feat and an engineering failure. Flaws in the design were partially responsible for how quickly the ship sank once it hit the iceberg.
The Titanic was an Olympic-class ocean liner belonging to the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, also known as the White Star Line. The British company was primarily involved in shipping and though the Titanic and some of the other vessels in the line were luxury cruisers, their main purpose was to carry goods and passengers from England to New York.
Prior to the Titanic, the company had owned other very large ships, including the sailing clipper ship called RMS Tayleur, which was the largest of its time. Models of the Tayleur are sometimes displayed alongside model cruise ships belonging to the White Star Line. The story of the Tayleur is not as well-known as that of the Titanic but it is interesting. She is sometimes referred to as the “first Titanic”, not only because of her size, but also because she sank on her maiden voyage like the Titanic.
The Olympic and Britannic are two others that were built for the White Star Line. They are also popular choices for model cruise ships enthusiasts. They are similar in appearance to the Titanic. All three are called “four stackers” or four funnel liners, referring to the four large smoke stacks that are major features of the design. You might say the four stacks are the distinguishing characteristics.
The RMS Lusitania was also a four stacker and is another famous ship. She was the world’s largest ship for a short time. Nearly 1200 lives were lost when she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. The sinking of the ship was partially responsible for U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s decision to declare war on Germany, which was basically the beginning of World War I.
One of the modern cruise ships popular with hobbyists and collectors is the MS Queen Victoria, a vista-class ship. First launched for sea trials in 2007 amid a great deal of fanfare and media attention, the ship is still in service at the time of this writing. She is owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by the Cunard cruise line.
She can carry up to 2014 passengers and a crew of 900. Model-builders should have a sense of accomplishment after completing this complex design which includes six layers of passenger suites stacked one atop the other, a huge bridge and a large upper deck with a pool.
Other popular vista-class model cruise ships are the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth. All three of the ships met on an occasion called the Royal Rendezvous in the harbor of New York City in front of the Statue of Liberty on January 13, 2011. The event was marked by a Grucci fireworks display and the lights of the Empire State Building were changed to red in celebration.
In 2012, the three were present in Southampton to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Most serious cruise-ship collectors want to display all three, even though they are similar in appearance.
Some preassembled model cruise ships are available only in limited quantities, but many collectors prefer models that have been constructed by a hobbyist. Some hobbyists earn a little extra cash by selling their completed projects. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, you have much to choose from.
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