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KIT 131 RMS CARPATHIA
Carpathia was built in 1903 by C S Swan & Hunter for use by Cunard on their Liverpool-Boston service.
This lasted about a year then she was moved to the Trieste-New York route. It was while on this route that Carpathia picked up Titantic’s distress call and rushed to her aid.
Carpathis was sunk by a U-boat in 1918 170 miles NW of Bishop’s Rock.
LOA 558’ Beam 64’ Draught 32’ 7” Tonnage 13,555 tons Machinery 3 Quadruple expansion engines, 3 screws, Speed 14 knots
Hull: Black above the waterline, red oxide below with a narrow (3’) white band in between.
Masts & Booms: Golden brown
Winches & bollards: Black
Boats & davits: White, with light grey boat covers
Cowl Vents: White with red insides
Funnel: Cunard Red (see notes) with joint bands painted black
Hatches: Golden Brown sides, black tops
Becks: Wood decks bare teak, steel decks around funnel black
This model was built from plans found in John Bowen”s book “More Miniature Merchant Ships”
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
The kit contains a 1/700 scale waterline type hull casting, separate castings for the various deck levels, castings of the small parts such as boats, vents, ect.
A large photo etch sheet is included with railings, boat davits, ect.
Cast resin masts with brass rod centers
Clear step by step instructions and a painting guide with detail drawings
SOME NOTES ON CUNARD RED:
Cunard Red was originally a mixture of ocher, a red form of ferric oxide, of all thing, milk! The longer it cooked on the funnel, the darker it got.
Over the years the color evolved, but remained this orange-red shade
The correct shade of Cunard Red is an endless source of debate, more modern renditions of the color have a far redder hue than older photos show.
A couple of years ago the funnel of QE2 was painted International Orange while the ship was lying in Sydney during the world cruise. Captain Mc Naught explained that he couldn't get any Cunard Red so they used the next best thing... International Orange... the lifeboat paint.This is from a contempary Offical Cunard publication, intended to give guidance to proper Cunard usages by Cunard employes and outside advertising agencies:
Red: Pantone 485, C0 M95 Y100 K0, R254 G0 B51, HEX e42313
Most modelers recommend Humbrol #132, a satin red, as a good match. See the color picture of RMS Carpathia on this web page.
A couple of years aho the funnel of QE2 was painted International Orange while the ship was lying in Sydney during the world cruise. Captain Mc Naught explained that he couldn't get any Cunard Red so they used the next best thing... International Orange... the lifeboat paint.
When QM2 was delivered the funnel was painted a shade of red that bears no resembalance to Cunard Red. In the colour chart it looks like Scarlet in the Shades of Red category. Why this colour was picked I have no idea. Perhaps someone high up thought it looked better than 'faded orange'. Perhaps it was a colour that can be bought 'off the shelf' without any special mixing. Personally I think it looks awful!!!!!
The swatch of paint I have from MAURETANIA is somewhere in between Coral and Amber in the Shade of Orange category. It is a pink-orange. Quite distinctive. Next time you are aboard QE2 have a look at the big model of MAURETANIA. That is what the correct colour looks like.
The colour on the MAURETANIA model is probably as close as you will find to the original. It is orange with a touch of pink... somewhere between the amber and coral colours in the Orange range.
C0 M95 Y100 K0
R254 G0 B51
Queen Mary 2
C30 M100 Y70 K30
R42 G13 B17