NORMANDIE SUPER MODEL


Jon Hollis

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Greetings all,
As some of you may know Father Roberto Pirrone of California built 2 very large models with interiors. The Titanic and Lusitania. Both were on display at the San Pedro Marine Museum but now have been moved and are on display on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Well Father Pirrone has done it again. After 15 years of labor he has just about finished a model of the Normandie in grand scale about 22 feet in length and scale of 1 foot=46 Feet. This model will also joining the other two on board Queen Mary as soon as the case is finished. I am posting some 18 pictures for you as Father Pirrone told me he built this model for ALL to see and he graciously sent me a bunch of photos some of which were taken by our good friend Ken Marschall (Thanks Ken.) The detail of the hull is one thing but the interiors....WOW!!!!!
Some pictures depict the real ship and then next the same are in the model. Wait until you see the detail in the Engine Rooms. I swear if you put fuel in her tanks the thing would run. Note the wiring details in the engine room and the detail of the control board and alternators etc. Oh well enjoy all and if you want I will post some more later. Cheers all Jon Hollis
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She was known as the most perfect ship........Now we have the most perfect model!

Well done Father on a great and wonderfull job , and thanks Jon for posting the pictures for us to see.Cant wait to see others and or a website dedcaited to it.
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Jon Hollis

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Cancel the Scroll message things worked out right after all.Like I said the detail is remarkable to say the least. Note the Main Lobby and Entrance to Theater detail the floors the baseboard, the panels over the door to the right. The last 2 pictures first real ship with flags over doorway spelling out Normandie. Second picture same area same flags but the model.
How He Do Dat????
James, Glad you liked the pictures hope to hear from others as well and will pass some of the comments on to Father Pirrone if they wish.
Cheers and think SNOW
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Jon Hollis

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Greetings All I'm back with some more Model Pics.
This is just about all I have at the present. If more come in I will post them later. You all should see Father Pirrones Titanic and Lusitania models on board the Queen Mary as well. They are just as detailed except with this Normandie Model, he pulled out all the stops. In this set I also have included some comparison pics of the real Normandie Like the Dining room and Turbo Alternator and Switchboard. In the last picture you can make out part of Father Pirrones detail in the switchboard top right.
A M A Z I N G ain't it! Wouldn't it be great if some publisher jumped in and offerred to do a big Illustrated Book about Father Pirrone and ALL his models? I suggested this to him but he fears the cost would be too much and that it would be a limited market. Who knows I would buy a few copies that's for sure.
By the way,some of the black and white photos are only photocopies and regretfully do not do the detail justice but they give you a good idea of this mans patience,skill and dedication..
Cheers All ENJOY
Jon Hollis
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Jon Hollis

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Regarding the second set. Don't know why but these you have to scroll to the right to view them all. Same to see all of text in First Set and Second. Againdin't know why they are posting this way. Maybe Mike S. Will straighten them out
Jack, Thanks for your comments. Got a publisher laying around anyplace???
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Mark Baber

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Maybe Mike S. Will straighten them out

He doesn't need to. I did it.

If you hit "Enter" after each photo's upload info, Mr. Hollis, you'll get columns of photos rather than lines of them which distort the page layout.
 
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This model is so detailed, if one were not told it was a model, they would think it to be pictures of the real McCoy.
I have never seen a liner model anywhere as detailed as the good father's Normandie model.
And his skills are improving- his Titanic and Lusitania models were stunning, but this Normandie model takes the cake...

Thank you for posting these images Jon!

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Jon Hollis

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Finally 3 quick pics of Father Pirroones Titanic Model again same scale as Normandie and Lusitania
These two are on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach Ca and the Normandie soon to join them
Cheers all hope you enjoyed these photo and I would be happy to relay any comments to Fataher Pirrone if you wish
Cheers again ALL Jon Hollis oiwant
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Jon Hollis

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Re trying the Lusitania again did not take first time out. Mr Barber Did as you suggested hit enter after each upload but note the Normandie Coin and medal sequence came out horizontially. Could I beg you to adjust? Thank you and again Cheers all and if you want to send any comments to Father Pirrone e-mail me and I will forward them to him. THINK SNOW
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Jon Hollis

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R U REDDY
Here we go I just received some more pictures from Father Pirrone and if you thought the ones above were something wait until you view these 11 new ones. In the first few pictures you will see Father Pirrone himself standing by the model which give you a great idea of the scale. Also you will see the stern view of Ken Marschall (Sorry Ken Father Pirrone didn't send a picture of your front side.)
now I am going to follow Mr. Babers advise and hit enter after each upload and hope the pictures do not go horizontally across the page, if they do perhaps Mr. Baber will be kind enough to once again straighten them out,. I do be a Kumpter Klutz. So here we go and like I said the detail is just plain WOW!!!! Last picture note the childrens playroom inside the 3rd funnel and also the views of the Normandies Huge indoor swimming pool complete with shelving like a beach, I think it was almost 100 feet long. Oh well, ENJOY and if you would like to send any comments to Father Pirrone sned them to me and I will forward them to him. Perhaps someone might want to send all this to Hugh Brewster at Madison Press and maybe he would publish a book on Father Pirrone and his SOOOPER MODELS
Cheers all let me know how you liked them
P.S. Phil Kind perhaps you might want to copy all of these to your modeling page???
CHEERS AGAIN and THINK SNOW.
Jon Hollis Looks like a couple of pictures were oversized so back to the editing board and I will post the right away Cheers once again, Jon
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Jon Hollis

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O.K.Here are the 3 that did not post had to re adjust should be alright now. Again note the Childrens Playroom inside 3rd funnel
Sorry Mr Baber but they still came out horizontally Would you pleeze be kind enough to fix? Thanks very very much
Cheers ALL and Mr Baber Thanks, Jon Hollis
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Jon Hollis

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Whooooops
Children's Playroom should have read in FIRST Funnel not 3rd. Still don't know why pictures and post go horizontal on me But again maybe Mr. Baber will fix.
Cheers all
Jon Hollis again
 

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