Funnels were removed and discarded as I had obtained a set of replica metal ones from Martin Brown. The model was completely stripped and given a wash and a lengthy session of heavy wire brushing to remove all residues and any small pockets of paint. The next photo shows the stripped model ready for painting next to another original series version and a HK Rovex version.
When all was clean and very shiny the model was given a full spray coat using aerosol can of Halfords acrylic car body grey primer. This turned out to be just about the shade of grey I wanted so it was left as such. I added by hand some black highlights in Tri-ang style finish and painted the hatches etc a darker grey. I preferred the funnel tops with a black band but it probably would look more warlike left overall grey. After varnishing it all with a satin acrylic spray I added the masts, both originals in plastic but sprayed in the same grey. I could have gone for all the hassle of AA gun tubs etc making it look more like a CM model, but it is after all just a basic Tri-ang so why bother. It looks perfectly OK as it is in my view. It is simply a very cheap way of transforming what would otherwise more likely be thrown away. The photo below is of the result against the standard Rovex Tri-ang 1976 Hong Kong version.
The third model in the view above is a fully restored model from the original series. There is not a drop of original paint on her. The masts are plastic but are reproduction ones made in the exactly the same way as the originals were in fact hard to tell them apart. The next view is of the same model on her box once again a fully repro box. What you see appears to be a full mint set.
I was not the only person transforming Tri-ang Queen Elizabeth models. Slavi came up with the great idea of transforming one into the SEAWISE UNIVERSITY as operated by Orient Overseas Lines in Hong Kong. I understand she had several colour schemes and funnel designs in this period, but the one chosen by Slavi is the one she last had, sadly as she caught fire at Hong Kong. The photo below is of the model as completed by Slavi, again demonstrating she is one of the better painters about the model is now in my collection. I believe that no-one has produced a model of the ship in these colours.
The final photo is of the SEAWISE UNIVERSITY along with my fully restored QUEEN ELIZABETH both taking a prominent position in my Tri-ang collection.
So three Tri-ang models of Queen Elizabeth - all transformed.