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Queen Elizabeth Limited 40"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Produced with exquisite craftsmanship and demanding attention to every detail, this Limited Edition of the RMS Queen Elizabeth is a model ocean liner of true elegance and grandeur. Evoking the majesty of this queen of the seas in her heyday, the opulence and grace of this museum-quality replica is historically accurate and precision crafted in every detail to the real RMS Queen Elizabeth.
40" Long x 6" Wide x 14" High (1:296 scale)
- Sold fully assembled - this is not a RMS Queen Elizabeth model ship kit
- Museum Quality features not available in other models or any kit
- Paint colors precisely matched to those of the RMS Queen Elizabeth
- All windows and portholes exactly sized and positioned according to the original construction plans
- Historically accurate 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
- Metal trussed crane booms with twin cables and pulleys on cargo hooks
- Lattice grating on ducts and vents
- Finely-crafted wire maintenance ladders ascend smokestacks
- Paint colors precisely matched to those of the RMS Queen Elizabeth
- Handcrafted from scratch by our master artisians
- Built from highest quality woods including cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- Meticulous painting to accurately match the actual RMS Queen Elizabeth
- Only a limited amount of models will ever be produced due to the extensive hours required to constuct the model
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
RMS 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
The 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
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.
Concept and construction
By 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 "
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
The Queen Elizabeth 2 was built by the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in the John Brown Shipyard in
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.
The Queen Elizabeth 2's maiden voyage, from
In 1970 she set a record in crossing the
In 1982, she took part in the Falklands War, carrying 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew to the south
In August 1992, her hull was damaged when she ran aground off
In 1995, she encountered a freak wave, estimated at 29 m (95 ft), caused by Hurricane Luis in the
The QE2 celebrated the 30th anniversary of her maiden voyage in
Over the months of November and December 2001 the QE2 was given a major refurbishment, with new carpets and furnishing throughout many cabins and public rooms, as well as minor changes to layout, such as on the upper level of the Grand Lounge.
While she has been taken off the traditional "transatlantic" route, which was taken over by the Queen Mary 2 in 2005, the QE2 still undertakes an annual world cruise and regular trips around the
As of September, 2007, the QE2 has traveled 5.6 million nautical miles, including 25 circumnavigations of the
As the Queen Elizabeth 2 approached her 40th anniversary in service, there was speculation over her future. This was heightened when Cunard ordered a new cruise ship, MS Queen Victoria, due to begin sailing in December, 2007. The company also had to consider the economic cost of maintaining a 40-year-old liner in operation, particularly with regard to new SOLAS safety regulations that would apply from 2010 onward; requiring major structural works.
Cunard's last major liner, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, when completed in 1940 was even then considered of an outmoded design, despite some alterations to her overall design which made her sleeker than her sister ship, the Queen Mary. This was especially noticeable when she was compared to French liners like the SS Normandie, built in 1935, and later the SS France, completed in 1962. So, when designing the Queen Elizabeth 2, during difficult times when other ships were being laid up or sent to the scrapyards, Cunard wanted her to be modern and reflective of 1960s Britain, as well as featuring the most modern advancements in maritime design.
Like both the Normandie and France, the QE2 has a bulbous bow, flared stem, and clean forecastle. One innovation that made her distinct from all other ships is her funnel, which bears at its base an upward turned wind scoop that uses the forward motion of the ship to push air directly up the flanks of the funnel to catch the exhaust and disperse it far above the aft passenger decks. What was controversial at the time was that Cunard decided not to paint the funnel with the line's distinctive colour and pattern, something that had been done on all merchant vessels since the first Cunard ship, the RMS Britannia, sailed in 1840. Instead the funnel was painted white and black, with the Cunard orange-red appearing only on the inside of the wind scoop. This practice ended in 1983 when the QE2 returned from service in the Falklands War, and the funnel has been painted in Cunard orange-red with black horizontal bands (correctly known as "hands") ever since. The original pencil-like funnel was replaced in 1986 with a more robust one, when the ship was converted from steam to diesel power.
Large amounts of aluminum were used in the framing and cladding of the QE2's superstructure. This reduced weight, and therefore fuel consumption, but also posed problems with joining the aluminum to the steel hull, as with the SS United States. The low melting point of aluminum caused concern when the QE2 was serving as a troop ship during the Falklands War: some feared that if the ship were struck by a missile, as was HMS Sheffield, her upper decks would collapse quickly due to fire, thereby causing greater casualties.
In 1972, two penthouse suites were added in an aluminum structure on the Signal Deck, behind the ship's bridge, and in 1977 this structure was expanded to include more suites with balconies, making the QE2 one of the first ships to offer private terraces to passengers since the SS Normandie capsized in New York Harbor in the 1940s, whose balconies were hidden in what would have been her promenade deck.
The Queen Elizabeth 2's interior configuration was laid out in a horizontal fashion, similar to the SS France, where the spaces dedicated to the two classes were spread horizontally on specific decks, in contrast to the vertical class divisions of older liners. Where the QE2 differed from the
Over the span of 30 years the QE2 has had a number of interior refits and alterations.
1969, the year of her fitting out, was also the year of the Apollo 11 mission, when the Concorde's prototype was unveiled, and the previous year Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered. In keeping with those times, originally Cunard broke from the traditional interiors of their previous liners for the QE2, especially the Art Deco modern of the previous
The Midships Lobby on Two Deck, where first class passengers boarded for transatlantic journeys and all passengers boarded for cruises, was a circular room with a sunken seating area in the centre with green leather clad banquettes, and surrounded by a chrome railing. As a king-pin to this was a flared, white, trumpet-shaped, up-lit column. Another room where the QE2's advanced interior design was demonstrated was the first class lounge, the Queen's Room on Quarter Deck. This space, in colours of white and tan, featured a recessed, slotted ceiling, and indirect lighting. As well, the columns were flared in the same fashion as the one in the Midships Lobby, with recessed up-lighting, and also reflecting the shape of the bases of the tables and leather shell chairs. The Theatre Bar on Upper Deck featured red chairs, red drapes, a red egg-crate fiberglass screen, and even a red baby grand piano. Some more traditional materials like wood veneer were used as highlights throughout the ship, especially in passenger corridors and staterooms.
There was also an Observation Bar on Quarter Deck, a successor to its namesake, located in a similar location, on both previous
In the 1994 refit almost all of the remaining original decor was lost, with Cunard opting to reverse the original decision of the QE2's designers and use the line's traditional ocean liners as inspiration. The green velvet and leather Midships Bar became the Art Deco inspired Chart Room, and received an original, custom designed piano from the Queen Mary. The (by now) blue-dominated Theatre Bar was transformed into the Golden Lion Pub, which mimics a traditional Edwardian pub.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 holds pieces of artwork, as well as maritime artefacts drawn from Cunard's long history of operating merchant vessels.
In the Mauritania Restaurant sits Althea Wynne's sculpture of the White Horses of the
There are also numerous
Amongst the artefacts on board is a set of antique Japanese armour presented to the QE2 by the Governor of Kagoshima, Japan, during her 1979 world cruise, and a Wedgwood vase presented to the ship by Lord Wedgwood.
From previous Cunard ships are a brass relief plaque with a fish motif from the RMS Mauretania, as well as an Art Deco bas-relief titled Winged Horse and Clouds, by Norman Foster for the RMS Queen Elizabeth. There is also a vast array of Cunard postcards, porcelain, flatware, boxes, linen, and Lines Bros Ltd Tri-anic model ships. One of her key pieces is a replica of the figurehead from Cunard's first ship, the RMS Britannia, carved from Quebec yellow pine by Cornish sculptor Charles Moore, and presented to the ship by Lloyds of London. On Upper Deck sits the silver Boston Commemorative Cup, presented to the Britannia by the City of Boston in 1840. This cup was lost for decades until being found in a pawn shop in
There is also an extensive collection of large scale models of Cunard ships throughout the QE2.
The majority of crew are accommodated in mostly two, and some four, berth cabins, with showers and toilets at the end of the alleyway. These are located forward and aft on Decks 3, 4, and 5 as well as along 6 Deck. Cabins in the aft end of the vessel are subject to severe noise and vibration owing to their proximity to the variable pitch propellers.
Accommodation is cramped, basic, lacking in privacy, as well as natural light, and is subject to inspection by Officers every seven days. Unlike the passenger areas, crew accommodation has seen little renovation in the Queen Elizabeth 2's 40 years of service.
There are two crew bars, one nicknamed "The Pig & Whistle" ("The Pig" for short), and the other "Castaways". Additionally, for staff and long serving crew members there is the Fo'c's'le Club and for Officers there is The Wardroom.
Officers are accommodated in single cabins with private en suite bathrooms. Cabins for Intermediate and some Senior Hotel Officers are located on 1 Deck forward, where the Crew Purser's Office is also located, and on Sports Deck. The most forward of the 1 Deck cabins are subject to noise from the fog horn (situated on the fo'c's'le), which is active in time of foggy weather. Cabins for Deck Officers are located on Boat Deck forward and cabins for Engineering Officers are located on Sun Deck Amidships.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 has been featured in a number of films and television shows.
- The 1981 television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited used the aft decks of the QE2 for outdoor scenes aboard a fictional transatlantic liner.
- In 1993, BBC filmed the double-length "Sea Fever" episode of Keeping Up Appearances on board the QE2.
- In the 1994 movie The Return of Jafar, a line in the song Nothing in the World Quite Like a Friend says "The QE2 is just some yacht."
- A 1995 episode of Coronation Street was filmed on the QE2.
- In the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, the parents of twins are shown meeting on the QE2, however all interior scenes were shot aboard the Queen Mary in
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