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UNITED STATES
Remote Control ocean liner model

 

SS United States is one of the world's greatest maritime achievements - a bold creation that proclaimed American supremacy at sea.

The United States smashed all Atlantic speed records on her maiden voyage in 1952, making the crossing in a record three days, ten hours and forty minutes.

This super liner stretches to 990 feet. When she was built, she was actually too big for the drydock in which she was constructed and extended above and beyond of the drydock doors.   With spacious accommodations for 2000 passengers and 1000 crew, each of her sailing was like a city racing on water.

The United States was subsidized by the American government, who in turn required that she be designed to be useful as a troopship if necessary.  Her propulsion systems were a closely-guarded government secret!

Although SS United States remained the fastest vessel on the North Atlantic, she could not compete with the speed of jet planes. In 1969, she was laid up near her birthplace in Hampton Roads, Virginia, for over 12 years.  Then, she was purchased for use as a cruise ship and changed hands several times.

In 1996, she was towed back to the United States and remained in Philadelphia. In 2003, she was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Although refitting her into a modern cruise ship will probably cost more than building a new vessel, she has an advantage a new-build cannot obtain: She was built in the US, which means she can carry passengers between American ports without calling abroad.

Though no longer in service, SS United States remains a proud icon of American ingenuity and naval engineering.  To this day, the record-breaking crossings of SS United States have yet to be broken.

The SS United States in in danger.   It could be scrapped in the summer of 2013 if the United States Conservancy doesn't come up with half a million dollars.  ModelShipMaster.com wants to help.  For each model that you purchase, we will donate 20% of the sale proceed to the effort of saving the ship.   We feel that it doesn't make sense at all when the people from a wealthiest nation of earth can not raise $500,000 to save one of their most prominent technological monuments. 

         
 

 
   
   
 


This remote control SS United States model features:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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- Epoxy layers inside and outside the wooden hull.

 

Please come back often for progress photos.  Let us build a remote control ship for you by clicking on this link to let us know of your preferences: Commissioning