Queen Victoria Cruise Liner

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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.

Background

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.

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I submitted my Queen Victoria cruise liner to LEGO Ideas after the MOC won an award at the Auckland Brick Show in 2016.

The journey

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.

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My model was featured in a six page article in issue 43 of Blocks Magazine.

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It also appeared in a New Zealand nautical magazine, Professional Skipper.

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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.

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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.

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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

The model itself is incredibly strong. The white passenger cabins and balconies have been assembled using white radiator grilles and white plates with rails.

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Jumper plates have been extensively used throughout the build to offset the width of the passenger cabins adjacent to the boat decks.

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The hull and superstructure is very rigid.

The two azipods have been recreated using jet engines in new dark red.

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In the latest update, the model's Wintergarden was extensively modified to closer match the real Wintergarden.

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Source: Rory Coase - Ships in Bergen

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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.

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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.

My next Ideas Showcase article will be published in the next few days. If you are a project owner or want to nominate a worthy project, please get in touch. The contact details are in my profile.


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.

 

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33 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I will support you all the way guys!

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a good model, and the passion of the creator is duly noted; I am more than happy to support it. LEGO Ideas has yielded too many sets that were seemingly chosen based on IP rather than strength of the proposal, so it's good to see Brickset and Huw offering a well-deserved podium to an Idea that impresses with its build rather than the subject matter.

Of course, I say that as someone with no strong feelings about cruises in general and this ship in particular, but the fact I still see the appeal is a testament to the strengths of FlagsNZ's model.

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By in Sweden,

Clearly a great build and wonderful to see the model being used in education. Lego shines the most in an educational setting.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good luck!

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By in United Kingdom,

Supported, Great MOC!

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By in United States,

I would support this!

btw what piece did you use for the lifeboats?

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By in Slovakia,

Great job!!! Supported and shared on our LUG forum.

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By in Netherlands,

I just went to the LEGO Ideas website to activate my account to grant you my support. I hope you'll make it to 10,000 because the ship looks beautiful.

One day I hope I'll be just as good of a LEGO builder as you so I can submit my own creation.

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By in Sri Lanka,

It's a really nice, detailed model, but as I generally don't collect smaller-than-minifig-scale sets, I would not be interested in purchasing it so I feel it would be a bit disingenuous to support it. I have no doubt you will gain the necessary support and it seems like a good candidate that can pass review (reasonable part count, something that hasn't been done before). Good luck!

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a terrific and enjoyable build I have added my support. Good luck to you.

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By in United States,

I dig how passionate you are about your project and this ship in general. Best of luck to you! If your design makes it I’ll buy one.

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By in France,

I had already seen your ship on Ideas. Great model of an existing masterpiece. After reading this article I now completely realize all the work and efforts behind it, as well as your passion and involvement in maritime matters and learning. You earned one more support thanks to Brickset. Good luck.

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By in Germany,

Looks very good, congratulaions.

How many bricks have been used? I guess about 3k or so and i'm not sure that it could be to much. Apollo 11 was almost 2k and it's by far the largest ideas set. And i guess the rocket appeals to more people.

I would'nt buy it anyways so i'm sorry and won't support it. but wish you the very best, again, a fantastic model.

J.

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By in United States,

Looks great. I will certainly support it.

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By in United Kingdom,

The level of detailing & amount of effort you've put into this ship are amazing!

...but I don't think it will get over the support-stall...
As far as I can tell, based on not much more than glancing through previous Ideas successes, projects that pass have to be:
smallish & widely-appealing (TRON; Exo Suit);
mediumish & widely-appealing (Wall-E; Yellow Submarine; Ship-in-bottle);
or large & widely-appealing (Old Fishing Store; the most famous spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP of all time).

Additionally, once a set gets beyond a certain price point, it needs greater displayability AND\OR playability (Old Fishing Store has been widely adopted into many people's cities and is very playable; everyone on YouTube has a LEGO Saturn V in the background, and it has its own unique playability; Birds & Ship-in-a-bottle also have universal display value even outside LEGO circles).

Your cruiseship is beautiful, but it is a huge set with no play value (though is evidently useful for some niche education applications), and has no wide-appeal - it means nothing to most people, so they won't want to display it (in order to get people to buy a huge LEGO ship to display, it would have to be a classic tall ship or the Titanic).

I'm sorry to be blunt & honest. Your marketing for this project has been incredible & impressive; if you put that toward a project with wider appeal, you'd have a winner for sure!

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By in United States,

I agree, I was never a fan of ships, but the techniques here are reminiscent of an Architecture build, the level of detail is about as perfect as it can get with the limited shapes of the bricks. I would buy it just for the experience of building it!

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By in Netherlands,

Only 802 to go... Good luck; amazing model!

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By in United States,

When I logged in it showed I am already supporting your project Best of luck with getting the needed backers!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Psychic-Tempest-Zero
The boats are the floats from the cmf lifeguard

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By in New Zealand,

Thanks everyone for your really nice comments here. I have had a look at the project this morning and see that it has received about 100 new Supporters in the five hours since the article was posted.

@ Psychic Tempest Zero: the lifeboats are orange Rescue Cans that first appeared in Friends sets as lifeguard beach rescue cans. They were used as red lifeboats in the staff gift - Borkum Riffgrund 1 (https://brickset.com/sets/4002015-1/Borkum-Riffgrund-1)

The orange coloured lifeboats have appeared in one set: 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E (https://brickset.com/sets/10241-1/Maersk-Line-Triple-E)

https://brickset.com/parts/6052833/rescue-can-3m

@ Jaybee: The part count is about 2480. Under the 3K upper threshold.

Thanks everyone and hopefully a few days with this new support will get me over the 5K milestone.

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By in United Kingdom,

I lost my interest in voting for Lego idea projects when the Titanic did not make the final cut. I will give a second try for this project. I would really like to see it go through.

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By in Australia,

This is the only Ideas set I have ever voted for. A true masterpiece.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a very cool model but I can't see it being much fun to build with those endless rows of 1x2 grille tiles. I'd love to see it, but I'd never buy it, so unfortunately I don't think I should tell Lego that I would by supporting it. Best of luck though!

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By in United States,

Supported. It’s a stunning replica. Love your expertise and passion surrounding the project, it’s really top notch. Best of luck!

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By in Australia,

Great MOC well done , got my support and I hope a few others support it.

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By in Canada,

Supported. Look forward it seeing it make it to production.

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By in Canada,

Done good luck!

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By in Switzerland,

My admiration for the persistence and passion shown in this MOC!
I am a ship fan myself (former naval surgeon) and my enthusiasm for them was rekindled on my honeymoon on the queen Mary two years ago.
Though, my small vote I just gave still leaves so many to reach 5000 with little time left. I am afraid the threshold will not be reached - however, I would love to buy building instructions , and would then modify into a model of the queen Mary whose classic well rounded butt I like more than the blunt cut-off behinds of the new ship generation. I reckon a few hundred ship lovers would happily buy instructions so that would at least acknowledge the great work put into the model of the Q.V. regardless whether LEGO would produce this model or not.

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By in Switzerland,

......I forgot to mention that with the LEGO economic restrictions (like piece count under 3000) out of the way, you could then freely update - I for one love details and authenticity, so the closer to the original the better, no matter if I need 2995 or 3995 pieces to get there.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have supported this project as I do want to have a cruise ship made out of lego as an avid cruise fan.
I would say though I am a little sceptical as to whether LEGO would do this or not and whether Carnival group would allow it to happen. LEGO recently and maybe still are I am not sure working with MSC Cruises and they released a small cruise ship version of Meraviglia their newest cruise ship that was launched last year. On some MSC ships there is a LEGO parade with a minifigure dressed as a sailor and most shops on MSC sell LEGO although earlier this year they didn't have any of the ships but they did have LEGO sets. I do hope this gets the supporters it needs as it would be lovely to have it next to my pewter QM2 and other cruise ships models and Maersk Tanker.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh screw it, I looked at the pics again and changed my mind :p supported! Good luck :)

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By in United States,

I supported it

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By in Switzerland,

Amazing Project. I just supported it now. Good Luck !!

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