The SS Normandie entered service for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT) as one of the largest and fastest passenger vessels She was constructed in Saint-Nazaire, in France has has since retained her title for one of the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built. She was awarded with the Blue Riband at several points during her career, for holding a record speed across the Atlantic.
Throughout her career the SS Normandie made 139 trips across the Atlantic from her home port of Le Havre to New York. However, during World War II, she was seized by the US Authorities and renamed to USS Lafeyette. While she was being converted into a troopship, she caught fire and capsized. Although she was salvaged, repairing her was concluded to be too much of an expense and she was scrapped in October 1946.
Making of the SS Normandie Special Edition Ship Model
The construction process begins with extensive research and planning, to ensure that the ship model is replicated as accurately as possible. The ship model is then scratch-built by master craftsmen, using her original plan and photographs.
The making of this model requires hundreds of hours of work before completion and undergoes a stringent quality control process before leaving the workshop. The team of master craftsmen make use of their skills and expertise to build the hulls and bridges exclusively out of hand picked hardwoods, in order to create the structure of the ship model. The plank-on-frame technique is then employed to follow the unique curve of each ships hull. In order to create a smooth finish, the model ship is sanded and varnished, before the painting begins. An undercoat layer is added, to create a smooth and even surface. The paint is then selected and matched to the colour of the original ship. The details on this ship have been replicated using polished brass and metal finishes. Each of these processes are executed in sync with the customer’s customisation requirement or matched perfectly with the ship’s original layout. The ship model is then packaged carefully, to ensure that ensure for a smooth and safe transit to our clients.
The SS Normandie model ship has been constructed in detail and is mounted on a solid wooden base with brass name plate. This model would make a stunning addition for any space.
This model is not a kit and is ready for display.
About the Manufacturer
At Premier Ship Models, we are committed to building quality partnerships. With more than twenty years of experience, our manufacturers are specialised in the production of luxury hand-crafted model boat and ships. What originally began as an artisanal family workshop, now produces an extensive range of highly sought-after collectibles; Including classic speedboat models, historic tall-ship models, cruise ship models, moderns yacht models and battleship models. These ship models are carefully hand crafted and made from the highest quality hardwoods, sourced from local exotic wood resources.
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