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Round 2, under the Lindberg label, has reissued the American President Liner.
This model is a reissue of Lindberg’s American President Liner. First marketed by Pyro in the 1950s, it was reissued by Life-Like in the 1970s. The box says the model is 1/350 scale, but the ship’s length overall was 609' 5 3/4", and if the box is correct about the length of the model at 17.5", then it is 34.83 feet to the inch or a scale of 1:418.

The American President express service to the Orient was operated primarily by the two-class President Cleveland and President Wilson. Their 1940s modern First class public rooms and pool occupied the entire Promenade deck, while Economy class had a lounge, veranda and pool aft on the lower decks. They were particularly popular with tourists, government and military personnel and migrants enroute from Asia to the USA. Beginning in 1962 they were assisted by the all First class President Roosevelt, whose spacious layout included many single cabins and a private bath in every stateroom. All three ships were fitted with full air-conditioning and stabilizers. These ocean liners normally were routed from San Francisco to Honolulu (5 days), Yokohama (14 days), Hong Kong (18 days) and Manila (20 days), with the return voyage sailing via the same ports plus Kobe. The round trip was 42 days. The slower President Hoover, added to the fleet in 1957, was sometimes scheduled to bypass Honolulu which saved her three days steaming time. American President Lines also offered around-the-world passenger and cargo service on the combination sister ships, President Polk and President Monroe. The complete voyage could be taken westbound from New York or San Francisco, and included the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Orient, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean, and returning home via the Atlantic. Accommodations were modern, comfortable and simple, and included a lounge with bar, library, an outdoor pool and dining salon.

The American President Liner is available from various on-line retailers including Total Navy (http://www.totalnavy.com/presidential_liners.htm ) ranging in price from $20.00 to $30.00 (US) plus shipping.


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