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Right! Re: Glomar Explorer, not Glomar Challenger
You are right of course. A few years ago I had been researching the G. Explorer to do a scratch build (before my data and photo files were destroyed) and just thought "Explorer" when I read Bob's post. I hadn't really noticed Bob had said "Challenger" in his post. The other model from northern Europe was also (supposed to be) a Glomar Explorer as that is the more dramatic of the two ships. It didn't look too bad from twenty feet awa, but.... Glomar Challenger has never been on my personal radar so I screwed up the post. Well, I tried. My comments still apply for the Rod Kling model though.
Oh, and there was one other Model (ifit can be called that) of the G. Explorer but it was truly abysmal. That was the model from a Major Harting (USAF Ret.). It was made of balsa. Some of his models weren't too bad, but his Glomar Explorer was truly awful. The only model I have seen that was worse is his model of the Nuclear Freighter Savannah. Best to avoid these no matter how bad you might want a model of those ships.
So: Glomar Explorer 3, Glomar Challenger 0 when it comes to models produced.
The Rodkling model is Glomar Explorer which is a different ship than Glomar Challenger.
I don't know which ship the possible Nordic Customs model represents. But there is no commercial model of Glomar Challenger that I am aware of.
There have been a couple of them over the years. One was relatively crude and came from Norway I believe. I do not remember the name of the producer. Nordic Customs perhaps? The other model by Rod Kling looks spectacular but has MANY errors with the tower and pipe loading facilities. You don't notice these until you have looked at some photos up close and then they become glaring. The price is pretty high too but I think it is now out of production.
Reminder: For those with questions about what ships might have been made in our scale, your first course of action is to check: https://sammelhafen.de/en/index.php
Sammelhafen is continually be upgraded and currently has about two thirds of the ships in our scale listed and photographed. Of course there are other sources but sammelhaven is a very good place to start your search.
Has anybody made a model of the Glomar Challenger? The ship was historically important for gathering evidence to support the idea of plate tectonics.