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RMS Majestic

Posted by Megan McChain
on Friday, March 5, 2010


Fred Koster
Nederland, Colorado


“The White Star liner RMS Majestic made her maiden voyage in 1890 and briefly held the westbound Atlantic speed record in 1891,” writes Fred. “She also served as a troop ship during the Second Boer War. In 1902, a refit reduced her three masts to two. Mothballed in 1911, she was briefly brought out of reserve to replace White Star’s ill-fated Titanic in 1912, but was scrapped in 1914.” Fred converted a hull from Airfix’s 1/600 scale Mauretania: “The scale works out to be about 1/446,” Fred says. “Some parts, such as the funnels, are from Revell’s 1/570 scale Titanic.” Fred also added masts, rigging, Gold Medal photoetched metal, and lifeboat davits made of brass wire and tubing to model the ship aboard which his great-grandmother and grandmother (then 6 months old) immigrated to New York in 1906.


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