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Re: Mixed traffic liners
I don't think I know of these Nichimo(?) kits. There were three (identical?) Fujimi kits of prewar Japanese liners: Nitta Maru, Yawata Maru included, but I don't think that these were mixed-traffic vessels.
I think these were Nichimo or similar there were i think 5 in the series!
as for freighter travel up to cover it was still possible, and indeed there was/is a specialist agent/broker in Amsterdam or Hamburg, everything from a short baltic voyage to a several week long distance trip, the most popular was a round trip on a banana boat! not sure this is still possible with containerisation!
This was a common form of travel away from the large liner routes with the proportion of passengrs to cargo declining as you moved downmarket and later. Benledi appears to be a cargo ship with some room for passenges, my dad spent part of the war travelling on Dominion Monar4ch, which was a passenger liner with some cargo space. Up to a few (maybe a little longer ago?) it was still possible to book passenger space on a merchant ship, though the service would not match passengers line standards.
Here is my very recently assembled model of the M.V. Benledi merchant vessel, from Revell - 440 scale.
M.V. Benledi formerly of the Ben line, hails from the mid 1960's and is described as a Cargo Liner. An interesting concept passenger travel on a freight vessel rather than a luxo cruise ship or liner.
The Ben line has named it's fleet after famed Scottish mountains. How neat is that.
Another build from my ever decreasing stash of kits - unfortunately I've not many left. The kit was saying "Sir, Please Build Me!!".
This Revell kit must surely have been over 40 years of age, but had been well stored over that time meaning the decals just slipped on fine and did not break up or were discoloured in any way.
It went together well. I used Humbrol enamels, Tom's Modelworks railing, and Infini lycra rigging for the various cranes.
A nice touch from Revell is a cargo cover can be removed to reveal inside the hold. This ain't no container ship but a "break bulk" vessel.
My camera appears to show details too yellow.
I welcome critique.
I'm always on the lookout for more of Revell's Merchant kits.
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