Queen Elizabeth Limited 40" w/Lights Description
Total Dimensions: 40" L x 6" W x 14" HSOLD FULLY ASSEMBLED
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Shining with a graceful luster that evokes the elegance and grandeur of this famous and long-serving ocean liner, this Limited Edition scale model replica of the RMS Queen Elizabeth sparkles like a jeweled star in the heavens. Worthy of the RMS Queen Elizabeth herself, this cruise ship model is produced with exquisite craftsmanship combined with attention to every detail as a graceful and opulent museum-quality replica.
40" Long x 6" Wide x 14" High (1:296 scale)
•Built from scratch by master artisans
•High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
•Museum Quality features not available in other models or any kit
◦All windows and portholes exactly sized and positioned according to the original construction plans
◦Historical design and detailing of superstructure and hull
◦Open promenade decks visible through superstructure windows
◦Precise superstructure design and detailing
◦Quadruple propeller design and accurate anchors
◦Finely-crafted wire maintenance ladders ascend smokestacks
•Meticulous painting to accurately match the actual RMS Queen Elizabeth
•Amazing Details, including:
◦Lifeboats hung from launching davits
◦Rigging and stay-lines on all masts
◦Delicate four-wire metal railings on forecastle, aftcastle and atop superstructure
◦All ladders, staircases and handrails produced from delicate metal wire
◦Clear panes in all deckhouse windows
◦Numerous deck objects and features include deck cleats, vent shafts, lattice grates, miniature benches and more
◦Interior lighted cabins and windows
•Limited production only 50 of this model cruise ship produced
•Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
•Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
Queen Elizabeth Limited 40" w/Lights HistoryRMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth. She was the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. Built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners prior to the construction of the QM2. Before she was refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986, she was also the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service. During almost 40 years of service, the QE2 has traveled the world and now operates predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England. She will be retired from active service in late 2008, and replaced in the Cunard fleet by MS Queen Victoria. After her retirement, QE2 will become a floating hotel at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
CharacteristicsThe ship measures 70,327 gross tons and is 963 ft (294 m) long. She had a top speed of 32.5 knots using her original steam turbine powerplant, which was raised to 34 knots when she was re-engined with a diesel electric powerplant, making her one of the fastest passenger ships afloat.
Contrary to what commonly occurred in previous decades where shipping lines would construct ever larger flagships, the QE2 was built smaller than her predecessor RMS Queen Elizabeth, as Cunard realised passenger demand was no longer as great, fuel was increasingly expensive, and she needed the ability to pass through the Panama Canal. Her successor, Queen Mary 2, built almost 40 years later, is approximately twice the size and 200 feet longer than QE2. The older ship can carry approximately 1,700 passengers and 1,015 crew members, for a total of approximately 2,715 people on board.
The QE2 was not named after Queen Elizabeth II, who launched her in 1969, but after the previous Queen Elizabeth. Thus, as Roman numerals are always used for monarchs, the Arabic numeral "2" is used in the ship's name to distinguish her from the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Further, when Queen Elizabeth II launched the ship in 1967 she referred to it as "Queen Elizabeth the Second"; however, the ship is normally called "Queen Elizabeth Two," not "The Second", for the same reason.
HistoryConcept and constructionBy the mid 1960s transatlantic travel was dominated by air travel due to its speed and inexpensive cost relative to the sea route, and expansion of air travel showed no signs of slowing down. Conversely, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were becoming expensive to operate, and both internally and externally were relics of the pre-war years. However, Cunard did not want to give up the business of passenger service, and so gambled $80 million on a new ocean liner to replace the original "Queens," as well as to compete with the French Line's recently built SS France.
Realizing the decline of transatlantic trade, Cunard decided their new ship was to be smaller and cheaper to operate than her predecessors. Originally designated "Q4" (a previous ship "Q3" had been abandoned due to falling passenger revenues on the North Atlantic), she was to be a three-class liner, larger than her predecessors. However, looking to the France, designs were changed to make "Q4" a two-class liner that could be modified into a single-class cruise ship, thereby allowing the ship to ply the Atlantic during the peak summer season, as well as warmer waters during the winter.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 was built by the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. Her keel was laid down on July 5, 1965 and she was launched on September 20, 1967, by Queen Elizabeth II, using the pair of gold scissors used by her mother and grandmother to launch the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary respectively.
In 1986 the ship was sent to Lloyd Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven to have her steam turbine power plant replaced by a diesel electric power plant - This reduced the fuel consumption by half and improved the operating performance. This refit took the ship out of service for six months, and cost Cunard $162 million, not including lost revenue. At this time her funnel was replaced by a wider one in order to accommodate the exhaust pipes for the nine B&W medium speed diesel engines.
Service historyThe Queen Elizabeth 2's maiden voyage, from Southampton to New York City, commenced on May 2, 1969, taking 4 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes. However, Prince Charles was the first "civilian" passenger to board the ship, on her voyage from the shipyard in Clydebank to dry-dock in Greenock.
In 1970 she set a record in crossing the Atlantic in 3 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes, an average speed of 30.36 knots. The following year she participated in the rescue of some 500 passengers from the burning French Line ship Antilles.
On May 17, 1972, while traveling from New York to Southampton, she was the subject of a bomb threat. She was searched by her crew, and a bomb disposal team parachuted into the sea near the ship. No bomb was found, but the hoaxer was arrested by the FBI. This incident went on to inspire the 1974 Richard Lester feature film Juggernaut. The following year the QE2 undertook two chartered cruises through the Mediterranean to Israel in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the state's founding. One kitchen on the ship was koshered for Passover, and Jewish people celebrated Passover on the ship. Later, on July 16, 1974, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat revealed in a television interview that Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi had ordered an Egyptian submarine to torpedo the QE2 during the cruise. Sadat said he had personally countermanded the order.
In 1982, she took part in the Falklands War, carrying 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew