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Nice paintwork - wish mine was as good.

I've seen her each time she came into the Mersey. I used to work for British Telecom and the building looked out on the river. The 1st time she came to Liverpool, as she went down river to turn, she rode so high the funnel cut off the microwave phone links across the river, and again when she turned back to come up opposite the Liver building to anchor. Caused quite a stir until it was realised that was what had happened 😃

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Thanks OC and ameteur.  Bob Fraser your recollection reminds me a bit of QM2. I remember talk about her fitting under the Verrazano bridge to enter NY harbor. I looked it up and came up with this. "That is, assuming the Queen Mary 2 makes it under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. If the Queen Mary 2 were to sail under at high tide, the clearance would be only 13 feet. Indeed, the bridge influenced the shape of the ship. ''It looks squat and a little bit dumpy, and that's because of the Verrazano,'' Mr. Miller said. ''The funnel is flatter than it should be.'' From keel to black-and-red funnel is 236 feet."

 

The Queen Mary 2 is cool but I still consider RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 the last true purpose built liner. She looks the part, no hint of a cruise ship in her looks as originally configured in my opinion.

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44 minutes ago, yvesvidal said:

 

How about pouring some clear acrylic resin in these pools? Your models are absolutely stunning, especially at this scale.

 

Yves

Thanks Yves. I may try that on one of the larger scale ships I have yet to build. I have a 1/450 QE2 that I'll eventually get to and that may be a candidate.

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Thanks OC. I have found the different brands of PE have their pluses and minuses. The Gold Medal is very tough and has a lot of spring to it. It's better for straight runs. The Tom's stuff is easier for me to use when I need to make curves as it's softer and holds its shape better without the need to anneal it. I also like the Gold medal stairs better. None of them have the correct scale of stairs for a lot of these 1/600 Airfix kits so I use White Ensign walkways which are much thinner in a pinch to use as stairs when the others won't fit.

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1 hour ago, ChrisSC said:

Thanks OC. I have found the different brands of PE have their pluses and minuses. The Gold Medal is very tough and has a lot of spring to it. It's better for straight runs. The Tom's stuff is easier for me to use when I need to make curves as it's softer and holds its shape better without the need to anneal it. I also like the Gold medal stairs better. None of them have the correct scale of stairs for a lot of these 1/600 Airfix kits so I use White Ensign walkways which are much thinner in a pinch to use as stairs when the others won't fit.

Yep  I hear you, I tried in vain to bend the stair treads but found I was just breaking them, even by starting at the bottom one using a fine blade - still no good, on one of my builds I just left them as they were on the Pe fret with the hand rails bent in though.

 

OC.

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13 hours ago, Old Collingwood said:

Yep  I hear you, I tried in vain to bend the stair treads but found I was just breaking them, even by starting at the bottom one using a fine blade - still no good, on one of my builds I just left them as they were on the Pe fret with the hand rails bent in though.

 

OC.

I tried bending Gold Medal treads and there isn't any relief for the tread to bend, the whole thing gets distorted. I posted about this on some forums and was told Gold Medal treads are not meant to be bent. I don't know if that's true but I no longer even attempt to bend them. Tom's treads will bend but I have a hard time doing it.

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