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Sep 21, 2007, 09:08 PM
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Cruise ship models

I am in the process of building a cruise ship model for RC. I haven't built any kind of model for years. The model is 55" long and all dimensions were taken off a 2' drawing that was blown up from an 8.5" x 11" sheet. It is of a Voyageur class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean I have nearly completed the hull and most of it looks good. I want to keep moving foward but I feel like I am trying to reinvent the wheel. I would have to figure out by trial and error propulsion, stearage, finishes, buoyency, RC, paint and so on. I though that purchasing a model kit would produce a quicker time to the water as well as guide me with my current project. The question is does anyone know where to buy a decent model of a cruise ship with all the nesesary finishes? I have read all the posts on someone looking for a decent model boat but most of these don't have any cruise ships at all. I did find one with a M/S Kong Harald but it was over $2000.00 If anyone knows of any manufacturers with cruise ships I would greatly appreciate the info.
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Sep 21, 2007, 09:22 PM
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Welcome to the lonely world of cruise ship R/C boating.

Sad to say, passenger ships have been TOTALLY ignored as a kit subject since the first R/C boat took to the water (unless you're happy with yet another TITANIC!).

The only cruise ships I have ever seen are built by resourceful scratch builders, who often have to make almost EVERYTHING by hand.

I took to building my cruise ships out of corrugated cardboard, covering them with fiberglass and painting them. It yields pretty decent results, especially when you consider the time it takes me to build one of mine. My Carnival ECSTASY was built in a little over a month (and I have a full-time job and a wife!).

I won't bother to speculate why we can have 10 dozen different tugboat kits and a dozen more Ready To Run plastic toy tugs, but we can't have one decent cruise ship kit. Just be glad I got the Ecstasy.

Sep 21, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Thanks Greenseaships,

Your the reason I found this site in the first place. I saw your video on youtube and from there I found your blog. I actually email you through you blog yesterday. I still have about a thousand questions for you but if you were to answer all of them you probably wouldn't have time to build and run your fleet. I think you ships are amazing and when I read you built one of them in two weeks I almost cried. Although I didn't do much throughout the summer I have been working on this for almost a year. If your willing to share your knowledge I would like to email you with a few quesions.


Sep 21, 2007, 10:40 PM
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Nice to meet ya! I'd be happy to answer any questions you still have, but first, I recommend you read the rundown on my Queen Mary construction. That will cover the fundamentals and allow you to refine your questions. You can find the thread here

It's an inside look at how I built an 8.5 foot ocean liner r/c out of cardboard. Detailed pics and all that. Enjoy and talk again soon!

Sep 21, 2007, 10:41 PM
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They aren't totally ignored....

Just expensive...

Ask questions here as you get to each step, and you will find all the help you need.
Sep 23, 2007, 10:21 AM
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The only cruise ship kit that i have seen offered is by GRAUPNER and is available at Harbor Models.
Sep 23, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Interesting site there - just the translation is a bit tough. Some interesting models.
Sep 23, 2007, 11:11 AM
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there is also the henseatic by Robbe, running at $2000 by the time you have finished, ive not built one yet, and if I had the chance, I probably would, she looks a nice boat
Sep 23, 2007, 07:56 PM
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Dude, if I were retired, I would make nothing but fiberglass cruiseship hulls and sell them at half the price!

Sep 23, 2007, 09:10 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Both Robbe and Billing Boats offer 1:100 modern cruise ships, but yes, they'll set you back a bit. And Graupner has a RTR merchantman, the Cap San Diego, which carried passengers.

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Sep 24, 2007, 03:55 AM
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You can always look in this direction Modelshipmaster. These are wooden display models that can be ordered for RC conversion or RTR. Again, like the others already mentioned, bring your wallet.

One has to wonder what they mean by "We will build RC models with the propulsion method(s) of the real boat. Sorry no exception as we only go for authenticity." I'd love to see the going price for their 60" Mauretania with coal fired boilers & steam turbines! It must be hard finding 1/144 scale stokers!
Last edited by herrmill; Sep 24, 2007 at 04:01 AM.
Sep 24, 2007, 11:30 AM
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Modelshipmaster has some really high quality stuff. Wow!

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