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mdsilvaWed Jul-13-05 10:00 AM
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#8035, "Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909."


  

          

Dear ocean liner fans,

This is a survey to gauge the popularity of the following subject: the White Star Line’s RMS Republic 1903-1909. There is a manufacturer out there who might be interested in producing this subject. How many TRMA members would be interested in a 1:600 Resin Model Kit of this liner, which sank after a collision with the Lloyd-Italiano vessel Florida in 1909? For those who don’t know the story, here is a brief re-cap:

"Republic was on the return leg of a journey from Genoa on 22 January. On the following day, in thick fog, she was rammed by the inbound Florida. A huge hole was torn in Republic's side just aft of her funnel and 30ft of Florida's bow was crushed like a concertina. Aboard Republic three people died as a direct result of the collision. ...wireless operator Jack Binns managed to summon Baltic to the ship's assistance. She arrived about 12 hours after the collision and in a four-hour operation took aboard all of Republic's (and Florida's) passengers. Shortly after 2030 on 24 January Republic disappeared beneath the waves. With the loss of the Republic, White Star Line possessed the unfortunate record of owning the largest ship to have foundered at sea. That record would stand for just 3 years before the same company rewrote it." (Excerpt from White Star Line In Picture Postcards - Robert McDougall and Robin Gardiner, 2003, Ian Allen Publishing, ISBN 0 7110 2986 5.)

Republic's watertight subdivisions were a precursor to the Olympic class. And because the system of 12 watertight compartments had performed so admirably (keeping the mortally wounded liner afloat for about 36 hours after the collision), it was naturally concluded that the improved subdivisions in the Olympic class would make them 'practically unsinkable'.

Republic was also the first ship to have radioed a distress call - CQD.

There is a possibility that a kit could be produced in the near future. However, pricing at this stage is not known. But at 1:600, the cost should not be beyond the reach of many of us who spend a considerable amount on the current resin offerings as well as aftermarket accessories. For the moment, that’s all the information I have to share.

Please limit all feedback to this subject only. There might be a survey for other subjects soon…

Looking forward to your feedback,

Whether I win or lose does not matter; only that I follow the quest.

  

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RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909., dwpress, Jul 13th 2005, #1
RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909., JDavid, Jul 13th 2005, #2
RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909., Bruce, Jul 13th 2005, #3
RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909., raymondlepien, Jul 13th 2005, #4
      RE: Another question, raymondlepien, Jul 14th 2005, #5
           RE: Another question, J. Kent Layton, Jul 14th 2005, #6
Some answers to your questions, mdsilva, Jul 16th 2005, #7
RE: Some answers to your questions, singhnick348, Feb 25th 2017, #8
      RE: Some answers to your questions, Ralph Currell, Feb 26th 2017, #9
           RE: Some answers to your questions, c riley, Feb 26th 2017, #10
           RE: Some answers to your questions, Ralph Currell, Feb 26th 2017, #12
           RE: Some answers to your questions, singhnick348, Feb 26th 2017, #11
                RE: Some answers to your questions, Ralph Currell, Feb 26th 2017, #13

dwpressWed Jul-13-05 10:27 AM
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#8037, "RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909."
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I am always interested in buying models of newly released ships. You can never have enough variety in this field. Sign me up.

David in VA

  

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JDavidWed Jul-13-05 12:29 PM
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#8039, "RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909."
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I would be interested, depending of course on price and quality.

There have been resin ships that I passed on because they were not thoroughly researched or of poor quality. Hope this one is turns out to be a good one.

Regards,

Jerry
TRMA Trustee

  

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BruceWed Jul-13-05 12:55 PM
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#8041, "RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909."
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I would be interested in any White Star ship produced.

Bruce
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"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"

  

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raymondlepienWed Jul-13-05 04:35 PM
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#8045, "RE: Model Kit Survey - RMS Republic 1903-1909."
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Mike,

I'd be interested in a "Republic" model too - seeing I spent several years writing an article on her. The main thing would be getting plans - as she came out as the "Columbus" for Dominion Line - at the time of writing my article Ulster Folk and Transport couldn't find plans on her - I've seen copies of the rigging plans - so, for this project did you manage to find plans for her.

As Jerry said, it would depend upon the quality of the model also.

Best Wishes,

Ray Lepien

  

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raymondlepienThu Jul-14-05 05:46 PM
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#8058, "RE: Another question"
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I was reading an article today on the salvage of the wreck of the Republic - the guy leading the expedition stated in the article that it was impossible to get plans of the ship - I was wondering what you're going to do for plans? If he can get them with all his bucks - do you have plans from another source.

Best
Ray

  

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J. Kent LaytonThu Jul-14-05 08:52 PM
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#8059, "RE: Another question"
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Ray,

Good question - one that I would be interested in seeing information on.

I would also be curious to see how detailed the Republic model would be at 1/600 scale. The 1/600 Airfix Mauretania model is a tad low on details, although by no means bad for its size... If this Republic project turns out to be a good one, I would definitely be interested in acquiring one for myself.

Regards,
J. Kent Layton
www.atlanticliners.com
www.atlanticliners.com/atlantic_liners_book.htm

  

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mdsilvaSat Jul-16-05 08:23 PM
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#8073, "Some answers to your questions"
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Hi and thanks for all the responses so far,
No, we do not have a set of plans for RMS Republic. The webmaster of RMS-Republic.com claims that he has some details, adequate for their salvage operation, and won't release any more information until that is complete. A rough estimate is 3-4 years.
Before spending what will obviously be a lot of time and money on a search, the manufacturer wanted to know if it would even be of enough interest to us modellers. So far, on 3 message boards with at least 300+ readers, I have only had 13 positive responses - well, 14 including me. So far, that isn't very encouraging.
Nevertheless, I shall conduct another survey shortly, on a vessel of around the same era, where enough plans exist to create a master from. Hopefully there will be better feedback.
Sincerely,
Michael J. D'Silva

Whether I win or lose does not matter; only that I follow the quest.

  

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singhnick348Sat Feb-25-17 07:26 PM
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#54698, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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Is there any model that looks like republic

  

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Ralph CurrellSun Feb-26-17 08:31 AM
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#54701, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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Hi,

I wouldn't call it a close match but there's a model of the Carpathia that might work as a starting point for a conversion. You can see a review of that kit here: http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/misc/liners/Carpathia-700-lc/lcp-review.html

Maybe someone else here can suggest something better.

Regards,
Ralph

  

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c rileySun Feb-26-17 02:45 PM
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#54702, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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Put me down. I'm Very Interested.

C Riley
Cecil Riley

  

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Ralph CurrellSun Feb-26-17 06:55 PM
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#54704, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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Hi Cecil,

I'm sorry to say the original posts in this thread date from 2005. I don't think they ever went ahead with the project.

Regards,
Ralph

  

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singhnick348Sun Feb-26-17 02:57 PM
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#54703, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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do you known where you can buy it? The model website is unavailable.

  

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Ralph CurrellSun Feb-26-17 07:00 PM
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#54705, "RE: Some answers to your questions"
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I can't reach their site either. Not sure if it's down for good or just a temporary problem.

Regards,
Ralph

  

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