Revell vintage Great Eastern – 1/388 scale

Revell Great Eastern – First of the Great Steamships

  •  1980 Revell
  • 584 mm long when built
  • Scale 1/388
  • Build hours: 115
  • Painting hours: 22

The Kit

Very hard to find vintage 1980 Revell (USA).  Used, not started, very fortunate find for such a rare kit. The starboard hull was broken in a couple if places and any missing parts were scratch built along with 2 small decks adjacent to the paddle shrouds. Very nice detail and a rather large model considering it is in 1/388 scale. I researched colour schemes, and found quite a few variations. I eventually settled for a simple black hull, the usual red lead lower hull with a single white line at the waterline


The Great Eastern (originally Leviathan) was the work of English mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel,  She was one of a very few ships constructed with five funnels


She was launched in 1857 and was five times bigger than any other ship of the day! The 22,500 ton Great Eastern was 693 feet long and carried 4000 passenger.

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Unfortunately, her career was one mishap after another until she found fame by laying the trans-Atlantic cable. The conversion work for Great Eastern’s new role included the removal of funnel number four, some boilers and large parts of the passenger rooms, giving way to open top tanks for the coiled cable. The finished model depicts the great ship as she was after the conversion.

The ship In detail


At the end of her cable-laying career she was refitted once again as a liner but once again efforts to make her a commercial success failed.

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Great Eastern finished her life as a floating music hall and advertising hoarding (for the famous department store Lewis’s) in Liverpool, She was scrapped at New Ferry on the River Mersey  in 1889 – it took 18 months to take her apart.

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