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Queen Mary 2

In May 1998, the directors of Carnival Cruises, the world‘s leading cruise line, asked the naval architect Stephen Payne to think about the design of a giant transatlantic liner, with totally new fittings, destined to replace the famous Queen Elizabeth 2 within the fleet of their subsidiary Cunard. Very quickly, Stephen Payne, who had a passion for the great liners of the 1930s, defined the general line of this exceptional ship, quite simply the largest liner in the world with its 345 metres long, 41 metres wide and 72 metres high (the equivalent of 23 floors). The architect takes the best aspects of the past and translates them into the present: the breakwater on the foredeck is inherited from the very elegant Normandy breakwater. The facade is very much inspired by the staircase facade of the original Queen Mary. But the „steps“ have given way to a gentle slope. The Queen Mary was equipped with open bridge wings: They are now being reused but closed to better cope with the bad weather in the North Atlantic. QM2 borrowed its wheelhouse and the general line of its chimney from Queen Elizabeth 2. However, the new Cunarder is indeed a 21st century boat which combines the advantages of a cruise ship with those of a liner.


Because it's important to us!

At Heller, we are constantly working to produce our products as sustainable as possible. In recent years, we have therefore taken many measures to increase resource efficiency as much as possible.

Recycled plastic

Since 2023, we have been producing all Heller model kits with recycled plastic. This gives existing plastic a new life in a great kit while maintaining the same quality.

No bags and film

Instead of packing our sprues in plastic bags, we use tissue paper to transport all components in a clean, protected and environmentally friendly way. Thanks to our seal closure, we do not need shrink film. This also significantly increases the recyclability of our packaging.

Oldies but Goldies

We are proud of our large archive of injection moulds. That is why we rework, repair and improve existing moulds instead of throwing them away. Great models are preserved and at the same time a lot of energy and material is saved. That's why we proudly display the year of manufacture of our moulds and the year of the last general overhaul clearly on every product box.

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