Last week when I shared a link from my Facebook post of my LEGO Ideas Queen Victoria Cruise Liner project, Huw read it and offered me the opportunity to post an article of my project here at Brickset.
As a result of this offer, I am describing my Queen Victoria Cruise Liner in detail with the aim of boosting Support in the next few weeks.
Read on if you would like to take a look at my Ideas Project.
I use my LEGO ship models at work as props in the classroom. I am a Master Mariner and Senior Lecturer at The New Zealand Maritime School. I have often used my 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E ship in class and I designed two companion ship models so I could create multiple ship scenarios for training purposes. Queen Victoria cruise liner is one of these two additional models.
I submitted my Queen Victoria cruise liner to LEGO Ideas after the MOC won an award at the Auckland Brick Show in 2016.
Gaining Support for an Ideas Project is quite difficult. People often mistake a Facebook Like as equivalent to a Support.
The project was selected as a LEGO Ideas Staff Pick early in March.
My model was featured in a six page article in issue 43 of Blocks Magazine.
It also appeared in a New Zealand nautical magazine, Professional Skipper.
Cunard's iconic funnel
One of the key reasons why I chose to build a Cunard cruise liner was their iconic, colourful funnels.
Robert Napier, the famous Scottish steamship engine designer created the paint mixture. Napier used a mixture of buttermilk and fresh ochre that was painted and then baked onto the funnels.
This mixture gave the funnels the distinctive red colour. The special paint was necessary to provide a protective barrier that could withstand the high temperatures generated by the steam and smoke in the funnel uptakes.
Source: Rory Coase - Ships in Bergen
The black bands were originally the flanges where the steel funnel sections were riveted together. The tops of the funnels were painted black to hide the fact that they would get covered in soot.
I was the last apprenticed cadet with Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. USSCo's funnels were identical to Cunard's which was another reason I chose that company's livery for my model.
The finished model
Jumper plates have been extensively used throughout the build to offset the width of the passenger cabins adjacent to the boat decks.
The hull and superstructure is very rigid.
In the latest update, the model's Wintergarden was extensively modified to closer match the real Wintergarden.
Source: Rory Coase - Ships in Bergen
5000 Supporters milestone
I am hoping to reach the 5,000 Supporters milestone and therefore be granted an additional six-month's extension for the project.
The project has 25 days to get 880 new supporters. If it doesn't obtain that target, the project will expire.
Supporting an Ideas Project is done through a LEGO Account. There are three compulsory and one optional marketing questions that need to be answered before a Support is accepted. There is no obligation to purchase anything.
This model's Facebook Page banner helps people find some context to these questions so they can make informed answers.
I would appreciate all your Support in my journey towards 10,000 Supporters.
Paying it forward
Two years ago I started writing Ideas Showcase articles here at Brickset. There are not many platforms with the outreach that Brickset has to offer where Ideas projects are reviewed and showcased.
While the frequency of my articles has, at times, been unpredictable, I am keen to champion worthy Ideas projects. I am always asking for LEGO Ideas Project creators to get in touch with me so I can showcase their projects here at Brickset. I will always take a look at the project and if it seems worthy I will include it in my articles. I have often revisited these projects when their milestone deadlines are looming to see whether the Brickset effect can get them over the hurdle.
Due to my interest in championing Ideas projects, I have made friends with several Ideas creators on Facebook and actively promote their cause.
I would like to thank Huw for offering me the opportunity to post this article. Huw and his wife Maria are passionate cruisers and undertook a voyage in Queen Victoria last year in a short cruise to the northern Europe.
Thanks also to Rory Coase for allowing me to use images from his Ships in Bergen blog.