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Old 02-02-2015, 09:26 PM
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Default Saving the Delta Queen

The Delta Queen has arrived at the shipyard and is scheduled for a complete overhaul! Yes its true! Now that I have your attention I have to add that its only a model. This DQ model is owned by the Cincinnati Historical Society and is one of several in their collection that I am going to be cleaning and repairing. This project has been financed by a grant from the Muster Foundation and the DQ is the first to get the refurb. The total project will probably take me all year, as there are about 10 models to get the treatment. Two of them are the Howard built packet Cincinnati and an Island Queen, both built by the late Charles Cason. The collection also includes two Mississippi Queen models - a tiny one and the gigantic model that I understand was once exhibited at the Cincinnati International Airport (CVG)

As for the DQ model in my workshop, it is about 40 inches long overall and was built to a scale of 1/8 in. to the foot. I don't know who the builder was , but when I removed it from it's base I found a business card for councilman Jim Cassell. Anyone know anything about him? On the back of the card is a 1975 Bengals football schedule. I'll be glad to post some photos of the model but I'll first have to learn how to do that.

I hope the restoration of this little model proves a good omen for the full-size DQ. As Capt.Fred Way once said " Coming events cast their shadows before".
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