Following my recent posts about Modelling the Union-Castle Line (2), I have added a few more additions to the collection. My major supplier so far has been Convoy Models and I have had excellent service from them them. As my collection has expanded I have more or less abandoned this page because I am concentrating more on my Union-Castle Line collection which now stands at 19 in total (the image below does not include my new additions). The new additions are better viewed on my miniships page
The Mauretania does connect to my past as my father sailed “up north” on her in September 1941 when she was a troopship. The model is available as a troopship or as a regular passenger liner. or she can be painted in her cruising livery of various shades of green. I am amazed at how detailed these resin cast models can be, especially the “Len Jordan” 1/1200 range.
I have been slowly working on her, and have gotten quite far already.
I still need to fix that wobbly sheer line, unfortunately when I was taping it I did not quite follow the curve of the sheer so really need to drop it slightly and correct it. Funnels have their first coat and have to be completed and I have to give the decks a second coat and touch up some of the superstructure.
My “City” boat is one of four sisters (Port Elizabeth, City of Exeter, City of York, City of Durban) that were operated by Ellerman lines and they were regular callers in South Africa.
I am working on her at the same time as the Mauretania
I have painted her funnel in white and will do the divisions on it tomorrow and that will add some colour to her. I think I will call her City of Durban.
My other interesting acquisition I made some time ago, she is the Marco Polo. I was fortunate enough to visit her many years ago and she is still in service today, albeit under different ownership to when I saw her.
She is a resin cast model in 1/1250 scale.
I have also been keeping an eye open for old battleships from the Atlas Editions series and found HMS Warspite to add to my collection.
I already have HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Hood in the series. although if they are all the same scale then against the other two ships Warspite is very small.
Finally, I bought this on a whim.
The RNLB Garside is the St Davids station all weather lifeboat, and she was donated to the RNLI by Thomas Harold Garside and his sister Dorothy from Yorkshire.
I should be finished with the Maurie and City of Durban soon, and will update this page accordingly.
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