Revell 1/388 Great Eastern - First of the Great Steamships, H393-500

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Revell 1/388 Great Eastern - First of the Great Steamships, H393-500 plastic model kit

1/388 H393-500 Revell Great Eastern - First of the Great Steamships

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

Very rare kit of this historic ship. Early USA 1963 issue hardbox in very good condition that includes framable John Steel boxart. The model measures 22.25 inches long when built. Very nicely detailed for that time. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop shaft. Easily made; it does not show. The model can even be built without it by gluing the prop to the hull. Otherwise complete with all other parts, rat lines, vacfuform sails (in near mint condition) and instructions. The Great Eastern (originally Leviathan) was the work of English Designer I.K. Brunel. In the 1850s there was a need for large ocean liners to carry the immigrant trade, but none existed. Shipping companies also wanted the interiors of ocean liners to look like hotels, but there simply no space. This ship was to solve that problem. She was launched in 1857 and five times bigger than any other ship of the day! The 22,500 ton Great Eastern was 693 feet long and carried 4000 passenger. Unfortunately, her career was one mishap after another until she found fame by laying the trans-Atlantic cable.

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