SS City of Ely
This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:
Designed as a working radio controlled model, but with enough detail to make a nice static display model as well
Glassfibre hull, with all portholes and other surface details moulded in.
The decks and superstructure comprise of computer printed Plasticard sheet, which aid the quick assembly of these items.
Bulky items such as the funnel, ships boats, and cargo hatches etc, are Vac-formed lightweight plastic mouldings.
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.
Model Length: 1384mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: One Deans Kestrel on 2:1 beltbrive reduction
Recommended battery: One 6v 2ah Nicad pack
Built by Joshua Henry ironworks in Sunnyvale , California. In 1940 Great Britain stood alone fighting the Axis powers and after nine months of war had already lost one million tons of shipping that had been sent to the bottom of the Atlantic by German U-Boats. Ships were being sunk faster than the British yards could build them.
In September of 1940 the British Merchant Ship Building Mission, headed by a representative of J.L Thompson and Sons of Sunderland, was sent to the U.S.A with motive of ordering ships to be built there. To speed up possible production, they brought with them the Thompson designed plans of the 'Dorrington Court', and so it was that with slight modifications that the Liberty ships came to be built.
A total of 2,700 were constructed and whilst 'built by the mile and chopped off by the yard' they are credited with saving not only Britain, but the Allied cause from disaster. The model shown is of the standard armed cargo ship serving with the U.S Navy.
The City of Ely represents the Civilian version of these famous ships.