R.M.S Olympic Sails On

This year marks the centenary since the end of the First World War and one of the ships utilised by the British Army for the Great War was R.M.S Olympic (E10005). The ship was one of three transatlantic ocean liners were built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard for the White Star line. Olympic was the first in its class built in 1911, Titanic followed shortly after in 1912 & Britannic, the youngest of the three, built in 1915. All three were designed to be the largest and most luxurious passenger ships in the world, to give White Star an advantage in the transatlantic passenger trade.

It was on the night of the 14th April 1912, whilst making her maiden voyage to New York that RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Initially, the damage done was thought to be of not much consequence but by the early hours of April 15th, the Titanic had tragically slipped beneath the icy waters, leaving a mere 750 survivors out of its 2,224 passengers and crew. It was so inconceivable that its maiden voyage might come to such a tragic end, that it became the most famous if not infamous ship in history.

The Olympic and Britannic unlike their sister operated successfully for many years, as fittings were repainted and prepared for other uses. Both were saw action during the First World War. Britannic was converted into a hospital ship and was used in the Mediterranean until it was struck a mine in the Kea Channel, Greece.

The first of its class and last to survive Olympic was used as a troop carrier gaining the nickname ‘Old reliable’ she was painted in a very vivid dazzle camouflage livery and had 6 guns fitted forward and aft for its defence. After the war Olympic was refitted as a luxury liner and eventually become part of the Cunard fleet.

Commemorating the sterling work that Olympic carried out during its wartime duties, this beautiful model has been meticulously designed and decorated to capture the splendour and spirit of this elegant ship. Our 1:1750 scale model is approximately 6 in long, and features a high level of detail including cranes, masts, rigging, deck air ventilators, lifeboats and derricks, rudder, stabilisers and propellers. Each model is presented mounted on a plinth set within a clear plastic protective cover.

Our model of R.M.S Olympic (E10005) has an RRP of £9.95 and is available to purchase from any Bachmann Stockist.

 

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