This is a spectacular N scale model built with a choice of open or closed hatches, or none at all. It is from an actual Danish design, with some modifications to make it feasible for N scale. This class of feeder ship debuted in the early 1990s, and new ones are still being built. This ship has a capacity of about 650 TEUs, or 325 40′ containers.
At just over 28″ long, it will fit in small harbors or on N Trak modules. I’ve painted this one in Maersk colors, bit I’ve seen this class of ships all over the world, either in person or through Google Earth, from both large and small shipping companies. I’ll be developing some options, such as different rescue boats and crew amenities.
All six holds can be modeled open or closed; but the forward hold has a center keel to stabilize the bow. It has custom photo-etched railings and stairways, and many custom details such as winches, masts, ventilators, davits and lifeboat.
This shows the open holds, the self-unloading crane, and the modern superstructure:
Because it is an “empty” hull, the model is built up from styrene, but the hull goes together as easily as a hull can, and requires minimal fitting and trimming.
A built-up model, custom painted and decaled is $950.00 US, plus shipping and insurance.
A complete kit containing all details (but not commodities like paint and glue) is $375 US, plus shipping.
Above is the ship being unloaded. I incorporated different, center-mounted hydraulic cranes. You can see the second and sixth hatches are open, showing the top level of the below-decks storage. Also shown are 45 containers that I cast, painted and decaled for “CGN,” a fictional company.
The ship now includes a modern free-fall rescue boat and rack, and full-width hatches supported by buttresses at the hull edge. The hatches are in eleven segments, and show where many of the attachment points are.
The above shows the bow detail and the empty second hold, which has a dummy platform that raises a row of containers to the correct height just below the deck. A new bow configuration goes on smoothly, with no buckling tendencies, and looks great to boot! This ship will be a proud addition to his layout.
May 13, 2017: More Versions in Z Scale
Here is a slightly earlier, less expensive (in real life) version that perhaps a charitable foundation would buy rather than the latest, most expensive versions. The bridge is much simpler; the cranes just a bit less capable, and the rescue boat has a side “free” release. Brely noticeable are the platforms included for the open holds. These position a row of containers at the correct height.
While the spotlight is often on the now 20,000 TEU ships that ply transoceanic routes, these smaller feeder ships far outnumber them. Here is another Maersk version, with a note that Maersk and many of the transoceanic lines are abandoning this class, leaving the traffic to smaller operators. All the hatches are closed on this version. Only the No. 1 hold can’t be portrayed open–No 1 can be open, but requires some extensive surgery on the bow interior structure.