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Ian Gardner16/01/2014 16:49:11
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Silver Mist

Enlarged version, 3ft long. Power Model Boat is still one of my favourite books.

Ian

Edited By Ian Gardner on 16/01/2014 16:51:07

Edited By Ian Gardner on 16/01/2014 16:51:34

Colin Bishop16/01/2014 18:35:25
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I remember trying to build Empress of Britain when I was about 14 years old. I used parana pine with bread and butter construction but the hull was too top heavy. I tried splitting it and inserting more depth but that didn't work either. I also had problems with the portholes and with the bridge front with all the windows. I did manage to make a great funnel but eventually the project was consigned to the garden bonfire. The Empresses were indeed good looking ships and I have a 1:1250 metal casting model in my liner collection.

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Bob Abell16/01/2014 19:06:24
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Just found this website today and you will like it, Colin and co

**LINK**

Very interesting.....Bob

Colin Bishop16/01/2014 19:33:27
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Bob, That is certainly a find! These were very successful and well built ships. I just wish I had had the opportunity to sail on the Topaz while she was operated by Thomson. we did sail on one of their other cruises and I think I would have really enjoyed a trip on the old Empress. These older vessels have a wonderful atmosphere onboard compared with modern cruise ships.

Colin

Tony Hadley16/01/2014 22:00:02
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A magazine item featuring the Empress of Britain was published in the December 1964 Model Maker magazine. Does anyone know whether it featured the full sized ship or a model?

Ian,

Thanks for the photograph of you Silver Mist, a lovely model. Is it still in your collection?

Colin Bishop17/01/2014 09:45:41
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Here is the original cover which appeared in 1956 when the plan was published, I don't have the issue though.

Colin

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Dave Milbourn17/01/2014 10:12:32
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I just wish I had had the opportunity to sail on the Topaz while she was operated by Thomson.

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Liz and I did sail on Topaz on the penultimate cruise she made for Thomson around the Canary Isles. She was definitely getting on and a bit tatty - I recall having to call for an engineer to fix a dripping pipe over my bunk at 2 in the morning! The cruise was "all-inclusive" so the place was strewn with bodies dedicated to getting as much sun and "free" lager as possible. There was at least one bloke who I swear never left the bar except to visit the Gents. I also remember docking alongside Ark Royal and marvelling at how big Topaz was in comparison (we were looking down quite a long way onto the flight deck).
Having just last November done 11 days on a medium-sized P&O cruise ship (Oriana) I can say that Topaz was no competition - and neither are Thomson, but that's quite another story....................

Dave M

Colin Bishop17/01/2014 18:35:51
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Dave,

Yes, I had heard that Topaz was hanging on a bit towards the end. Certainly no competition for more modern ships. A few years back we did a couple of Thomson cruises on Thomson Celebration to Norway and round the Baltic which were both excellent. In 2012 we did another round the Adriatic on Thomson Majesty. The itinerary was superb but the ship was a bit nondescript and the other passengers a rather downmarket. It wasn't up to the standard of the previous trips. Cunard Transatlantic on QM2 was fabulous but you do have to accept the dressing up as part of the package. All being well we are due to do a Celebrity cruise to Alaska following a Fly Drive over the Canadian Rockies and down to Vancouver in July.

Colin

Ian Gardner18/01/2014 18:11:45
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Thanks Tony, and yes I still have my Silver Mist- won't ever part with that one.

Ian

Tony Hadley18/01/2014 20:09:28
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Colin,

Thanks for the information in your earlier post --- "Here is the original cover which appeared in 1956 when the plan was published, I don't have the issue though." --- this is yet another useful piece of information.

As these snippets of information become available, I update the original list, not only to include any missing designs but now to include if the plan was presented as a free plan and if (and when) a magazine item was published to supplement the plan(s).

Unfortunately I don't have an open budget to go out and buy lots of old magazines on ebay (or elsewhere) so I just keep "chipping away" as best as I can.

Tony

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