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What Size Container Ship?
« on: December 15, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
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I'm considering a Z scale modern container ship for my next project. This would be in the "feeder" ship category, not one of the monsters. Right now I have an N scale ship of 60' beam that can be anywhere between 350' to 550' long. Since I'm going to have to cast a new bow and stern for the project, I'd like some input about what Z scalers really want. I could do a new ship of between 500' to 600' long, with a beam of 90', or a smaller ship of perhaps 300'-350' with a 45' beam.

Any input will be appreciated.

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Re: What Size Container Ship?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2012, 12:03:11 AM »
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Here's the 375' master on my workbench. I am so excited by this ship, as the hull is scaled from a real "feeder" freighter, and went together from my first drawings, which means I'm getting proficient at this. The bow needed just a touch up with bondo. Anyone who has tried a modern flared bow out of styrene knows how fussy this part of the hull can be. It's not so hard to build a sharp bow, but modern container ships have a really exaggerated curve that quickly becomes square. As I shape these with finger pressure, my fingers are hurting.

The hull is a bit over 20 inches long, and features correct hatches and other modern container ship fittings and spacings. This size hull can be cast as one piece, which cuts down the cost by a lot. I arranged some container loads to show how the ship might be loaded. I think this would be about a 500 TEU ship. I've been meaning to paint up the containers and the hull, until I remembered the hull will be the master.



The hatches are the prototypical 1/3 beam, although that might be hard to see on this resolution image.

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Re: What Size Container Ship?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 04:24:17 PM »
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Here's the hull painted up--pardon the rather garish colors but I'm down in Alabama with only a kiddie paint box. I'm awaiting the photo etch railings and stairways, and a return to Ohio in early February for deck parts like masts, winches, bitts, anchors, etc.



Here's a view of the ship almost fully loaded:



This represents a 560 TEU (roughly, conTainer Equivalent Units, or 20' containers). I'm thinking about stacks of containers so that modelers can "populate" the decks inexpensively.

As there has been some interest in larger container ships, here's a Panamax ship house, with the feeder ship house for perspective. Again, I'm mostly without my strip stock and inventory of deck parts, so this won't be finished until late February.



This is very much still in the prototype stage (the pilot house doesn't fit quite right), and also lacking custom photo etch parts. Panamax ships can be about 106 feet in beam.  This house is 98 feet in beam, but drawn from an actual container ship of 2200 TEU.

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Re: What Size Container Ship?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 05:14:41 PM »
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While in Alabama, I've been developing a Panamax ship for Z scale. These are about the same physical size as my largest N scale freighters, although in Z scale the hulls will obviously scale out to larger sizes. They will be 100' in beam and between 615' and 950' in length (850 to 1348 mm). I have built the first prototype of the house from a series of ships designed in Sweden. Here are four three-quarters views:





The white rectangle on the 2nd deck at the rear will be the swimming pool. I have ordered custom photo etched railings and stairways, and will await my return to Ohio in early February to add details like bits, life boats, masts, radars, cranes, etc.

Again, this is the first prototype, so pardon the rough edges.

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Re: What Size Container Ship?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 11:59:10 AM »
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I decided to post this as an early view of the 614' container ship--a 2200 TEU built in the mid 1990s. This is a mock up, so nothing's glued down, nor exactly lined up. For comparison is the 375' 550 TEU ship that I've shown earlier and, also, on the smaller ship, a 125' Active-class cutter that I'm thinking about. Those are 10 x 5 container stacks that I may produce to populate the decks of these kits, or an intermodal facility.



The 614' ship is too big for my makeshift 32 x 40 matte board photo backdrop. But I'm in Alabama still, so studio pics will have to wait. Now to install all the railings and stairways on both ships.