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  1. Good evening everyone Welcome to yet another of my builds The build is one of the Titanic’s sister ships, not the Olympic, but the HMHS Britannic Britannic (II), yard number 433, was the third Olympic Class ship, and the largest ship ever built for the White Star Line. Britannic is best known as being the sister ship of Olympic and Titanic, and also for her own sinking while serving as a hospital ship in 1916. Prior to her launching Britannic, had also been referred to as Gigantic, although it is uncertain whether or not White Star intended to use the name Gigantic. In order to construct the Olympic Class liners Harland and Wolff constructed two massive slipways, 840ft by 270ft wide and up to 228ft high. Olympic was constructed on one side and Titanic on the other. Following the launch of both ships, on 30th November 1911, construction work begun on Britannic in the slipway that had been occupied by Olympic. On 14th April 1912, Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later with the loss of around 1500 lives. As a result of the disaster it was decided to stop all work on Britannic until a safer design could be created following the Titanic inquiry – in an attempt to ensure that Britannic did not suffer the same fate as her sister, and also probably to increase public confidence in the ship. When work continued on Britannic, a number of changes had been made to the design, most notably was the addition of lifeboats for all and large gantry davits to support some of them. Britannic also had her watertight double skin extended, a new bulkhead added and her bulkheads made higher. Witnessed by some 50,000 people, Britannic was launched on Thursday 26th February 1914 at Harland and Wolff, Belfast. It was intended that Britannic would enter service as a passenger liner on the Southampton to New York service; however, World War One would intervene. On 4th August 1914 Britain declared a state of war. As a result, work on Britannic was slowed down – as priority had to be given to ships involved with war services. On 13th November 1915, Britannic was requisitioned as a hospital ship. As a hospital ship, Britannic’s duty was to transport wounded soldiers back home. To turn her into a hospital ship, Britannic’s interior was converted into wards, operating theatres…and accommodation for medical equipment and medical staff. So that Britannic could be easily identified as a hospital ship, Britannic was painted white with three large red crosses on each side, a green band going across the ship, and two further crosses on each side which were illuminated at night, this made sure that according to conventions, Britannic could not be legally targeted – providing that she was not used for military purposes other than transporting any wounded persons. Upon completion Britannic sailed to Liverpool, where she arrived on 12th December 1915, under the command of Captain J Ranson. In Liverpool on 14th December, Britannic was officially commissioned as His Majesties Hospital Ship (HMHS) Britannic and given the identification number G618. Also on that same day Captain Charles A Bartlett took command of her. On 23rd December 1915 Britannic’s maiden voyage began; she departed Liverpool bound for Naples, where she arrived on 28th December to take on coal and water, following Naples she headed for Mudros, on the Greek island of Lemnos, where she arrived on new year’s eve and took patients onboard. When Britannic left Mudros she sailed straight for Southampton, where she arrived on 9th January 1916. Unlike her younger sister, Titanic, Britannic’s maiden voyage – which had seen her crew celebrate Christmas on board – had been a success. Britannic completed two more voyages, the first from Southampton (departing on 20th January 1916) to Naples, where the patients were transferred from smaller ships and the second from Southampton (departing on 20th March 1916) to Augusta, where patients were also transferred from other ships. Due to the failure of the Gallipoli campaign, which had been supplying Britannic with casualties, Britannic was no longer needed, and was laid up at Cowes, Isle of White, UK. On 6th June 1916 Britannic was discharged from her war services, and returned to Belfast, so that she could be made ready for her true intended purpose, as a passenger liner. Shortly after, due to new campaigns in the Balkans, Britannic was again needed, and was recalled back to war time hospital ship services on 28th August 1916. She departed Cowes on 24th September 1916 bound for Mudros, where she collected her patients from other hospital ships, and arrived home at Southampton on 11th October 1916. Britannic made one more successful voyage, departing Southampton on 20th October 1916, for Mudros. On this voyage Britannic had been given permission to transport over 480 extra medical personal and tons of medical supplies that were destined for Egypt, Malta Salonika, India and Mesopotamia. Britannic arrived at her Southampton home on 6th November 1916. Under the command of Captain Bartlett, Britannic’s sixth and final voyage started from Southampton on Sunday 12th November 1916. From Southampton she sailed to Naples, where she arrived on Friday 17th November for the loading of coal and water; Britannic was supposed to leave Naples the next day, but a storm had prevented her leaving until Sunday afternoon. On the morning of Tuesday 21st November 1916, at 8.12am, Britannic was sailing in calm waters through the Kea Channel, when suddenly she was rocked by a massive explosion originating from her starboard side. The damage to the ship was serious, with watertight compartments flooding and bulkheads damaged. The situation was made even worse by the fact that many of the ships portholes had been left open – perhaps sealing Britannic’s fate. It was not long before a distress signal was sent and the order given to prepare the lifeboats. In an attempt to save the ship Captain Bartlett attempted to beach the ship on shores of Kea. Without orders, two lifeboats had been lowered; in one of them was Violet Jessop, who had survived the Titanic disaster; once in the water these boats were sucked towards Britannic propellers, which where almost out of the water – resulting in devastation as boats and people were drawn towards them. Violet jumped out of the boat and despite hitting her head twice on something solid while struggling under water was able to get to the surface and survive the disaster. Soon after, Captain Bartlett ordered the engines to be stopped and at 8.35am he gave the order to abandon ship. At 9am the Captain give the last abandon ship order by sounding the ships whistle, and he then walked off the flooding bridge into the sea, where he swam to a lifeboat. At 9.07am, 55 minutes after the explosion, Britannic slipped beneath the waves. The cause of the explosion is now widely believed to have been a mine. Of the 1066 people onboard, 30 lost their lives. The wreck of Britannic was found by Jacques Cousteau in 1975 – in a relatively intact state, lying on her starboard side. Britannic is now the largest passenger liner fully submerged on the ocean floor;the only other passenger ship bigger than her lying on the sea bed being the Costa Concordia, which sank in 2012, but will eventually be raised.
  2. Next project is the Amati Titanic. This is a museum quality model. The kit is very good quality. Will build into a very nice model of the Titanic. The instructions are very good. There is an 40 page colour booklet to go with the 10 pages of written instructions, which are very extensive. Plus there are 8 plan sheets. The down sides are the way the second planking of the hull needs to be cut from two sheets of ply using paper templets. The colour card cut outs to represent the windows and doors on the various cabin parts. Also the plastic benches are a let down. I will however replace all the card and benches with photo etch from Minibrass. I will start the build by cutting all the second planking parts out. I will then plank the decks before starting to put the kit together. I am unsure with the discrepancy with the 6 bulkheads. I have the template, but when I lay the bulkheads on it they are to small if I increase the size and to large a fit if I decrease the size. Will have to put them in place loose and see how the first planking sits on them. Have started by cutting the second planking out.
  3. This is my first complete build of a model in about 40 years. I have looked at it as a learning process. There are many inaccuracies and novice errors but it has taught me a lot. Once I found that I enjoyed doing this I saw this as a way to work on improving my skills. I realize Titanic models are everywhere but it was the easiest to purchase for a first attempt, and I am an ocean liner fan. I used a Scaledecks wood deck, various photo etch sets, and brass masts from Master Model. I'm not quite sure if I am posting this in the correct spot as this is my first post. I just recently completed this so perhaps it should go in a section for completed models? Being that the photos are throughout the building process I thought it might be better here. Thanks for looking.
  4. Evening, Thought I would get this build up and going. I rarely have two projects going, but I just couldn't keep from buying the kit and upgrade set. With my Niagara nearing completion, now is as good as any. Initially, this build will be a little sporadic. I need to study the instruction booklets. Figure out an approach to the build. Probably start by painting the hull. I will be installing the LED's. That should look awesome!!! The kit is almost as big as my couch. I've only just started to crawl around the kit and upgrade set. I should have some good pics as I go thru the contents. I'm no expert on PE, but it sure does look good. The wooden decks are pretty cool. Some damage to the very outside edge of the sheet of wood, but no damage to the particular piece. This should be fun! Tom E
  5. I looked at the Amati kit for awhile, then OcCre came out with their version. After building the HMS Terror, I enjoyed that one. I pulled the trigger for the OcCre kit. Just going thru the kit, iding the parts and the keel has been removed from carrier sheet.
  6. I have been following a youtube tutorial on building the wreck in 1/350 scale, I will use the Revell kit I have in my stash to build the same. In addition to the tutorial, I will use these books. The bow section is only 470 feet of the 882 foot long Titanic, in 1/570 scale that is under 10 inches! So far, I cut the hull at 470 scale feet and started the forecastle, the boat deck and A deck. I did get the Tom's Modelworks photo etch set for the cranes and railings.
  7. This was a last minute choice in what will be 2 ships. This is the 1/400 Academy Titanic kit. I purchased laser cut wood decks, PE Deck Chairs, PE Hand Rails.
  8. Hi good folk of MSW! I will try something I haven't done since I screwed up my friend's Tirpitz when I was about 14... I do build models and have some skill, but I don't measure up to most on here! On to the build, I sold a few kits to make the Titanic fit the budget, and refurnished the model headquarters so that I could have a dedicated desk to my ship, whilst I also work on my other larger scale projects. I got the kit a couple months ago, and have started cleaning up decks to receive the wooden deck parts, and done some minor photo etch work, just ensure I can actually do this! PE is not my favorite material to work with, but I will attempt to do the ship some justice with these parts. My plan is to build subassemblies where I can, and join these together as the build progresses. I have watched a few videos on Titanic builds and other ship builds to see what order I should work in, and what aftermarket sets to get. My 'research' has led me to get the KA Models from Korea for their set, which has PE, 3d printed parts, resin parts, and wooden decks. I have also gotten "fiber optic" strands to do the portholes, I got 5 different sizes, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3MM and also ordered drill bits to the same size so I can install and light the model completely. I have looked at the portholes from Scale Warship, but they don't seem to have them anymore. I also was looking at Stern Plates upgrades from MiniBrass in France, but I'm afraid that may be out of my skill area. We shall see! Anyway, here is a picture of the model as she sits on my new work-table the kit is about 4.5 feet long so it takes most of the desk space, once I've "finished" the hull, I may move it to a side table so I can do sub assemblies and other projects at the main table. The wiskers is drill swarf from the port holes, I've used Porthole Jiggs from Nigels Modeling Benc to drill pilot holes on all the ones that are to be drilled. Thank you for letting post in this exceptional group of modelers!
  9. I'm at the stage of rigging my HMS Beagle so thought I would make a start on the Titanic. I've always had a fascination with Titanic, my parents had a book by Robert Ballard about Titanic and the discovery of the wreck. I would spend hours looking through this book. I have the hobbyzone building slip but the Titanic keel is slightly to long to fit. With a bit of fiddling I can sort of use the building slip, not as entirely as it should though! False keel assembled and bulkheads dry assembled.
  10. I received this kit for Christmas from my admiral......she was so bummed out, that it wasn't the Billing's Titanic. I have never built an academy kit before......I was impressed with how the kit looks. there is quite a bit of detail to it, and I really like the size......the hull is 26 1/2 inches long. I have to be brief....I am to grill supper. it has been an off the wall busy day! I will start with an overall view of the parts......there are so many small parts.......I really have been away from plastic for quite a while. I had to do this on the dining room table, so there may be some bad lighting issues. the instructions don't look too bad, but since I plan to do some painting, I think it best to hold off on the rigging until the painting is done. {I'm sure they mean well} I'm not too keen on the chrome....a few of the parts pertain to the stand, but the name plaque, props, and anchors will need to be stripped. I use brake fluid for the process and a good stiff brush. there are a few water slide decals.......jury's still out on the flags.......they are peel and stick. I neglected to mention that the parts are done in colored plastic. for those who don't do much painting, this kit would be ideal........reminds me of the larger scale Revell kit from the past. here are all the white sprues. the deck parts and sprue is done in a tan color....the deck areas will need to be painted a flat tan. sorry.....I have the sprue panel upside down. there is a black sprue panel, a couple brown sprue panels, and the funnel parts are done in an orange / yellow color. there is a pack of rigging thread tucked in the sleeve of the stand base. there are plastic ratlines in the kit as well....I may do away with them, as well as throw another size rigging thread in the mix. I'm pretty sure that not all the rigging is the same size. the hull is an interesting part........the bottom paint has already been done. I'll go into it more in my next post. as the build progresses, you'll see the detail that is molded into this kit. it is a pretty nice kit......but it's going to be a nightmare to paint the detail on the bow and stern panels. personally, they might have done better to increase the part count, instead of molding the detail into these parts. that of course would alter the skill level.......and the market span as well. I just hope I haven't lost my knack in painting small detail
  11. Doing the planking job on a scratch made 1/35 scale model of Titanic Lifeboat 15, one of the standard 30ft boats and also the aftmost one stored on starboard side. The boat is not the Artesania Latina one by the way, although I do own it and while I was building the thing years ago, I nearly sent it flying across the room out of utter frustration, the kit still stays unfinished as of today. I would say that the AL kit is neither accurate nor friendly enough with first timers in wooden kits,let along the fact that clinker planking itself is already way much challenging than the straight forward carvel planking. The current lifeboat plans was directly tanken from an expert Titanicist on TRMA, I ditched all the thoughts of using AL parts and completely reengineered the entire hull. The keel, strakes were all new fashioned. This is the second wooden model boat I've worked on, the previous one being the AL kit. I've followed a traditional clinker boat technique to smooth out the plank joints where their ends meet with the false stem and sternpost. That is, having all the plank tips slightly rebated, and all the inward, lower area of planks bevelled(see last two pics). After I've finished all the planks on the hull including the gunwale, the plank joints at both ends will receive a final sanding to ensure that they lined up neatly in a straight line.
  12. For years now, I have been thinking about building R.M.S. Titanic. Just like many other people, I have always had a keen interest in her history. By moving through this build, I am looking forward to gaining even more information about this amazing piece of machinery and how she helped shape our history going forward. Just recently, the opportunity came upon me to do so. Last Sunday I woke up made, my coffee and breakfast sat down in the living room and proceeded to figure out what I was going to do for the day. While sitting there I received a message from a colleague of mine in my model club. He asked if I would be interested in building a ship for someone. I was intrigued about this notion, as this would be my first commission build, so I replied to his message and said yes I would. He put me in touch with the person and the next thing I know is I now have a 1/400 scale model of R.M.S. Titanic in my shop. This build will include many firsts for me. My first ship of this scale, first time doing PE and First-time laying wood veneer. I hope everyone enjoys the build as I go along, and I will be open to any comments or suggestions as we move through. Thanks, Craig K
  13. Well I'm back from vacation, and it's time to dig into the Titanic, which I've had in my sights since I started modeling a couple of years ago. Here's the "What's In the Box" post: Manual with picture books plus lots of plan sheets A large wall poster of the entire model The stuff: plywood laser cut sheets, parts, wood strip, etc. Just on the surface, this looks like it's going to be a different kind of build from the Amati ships or other boats I've built. Because there isn't a complete log that I can find, I'll try to post frequently as I go. Regards, David
  14. Hi All, Over the past few days, I have been dabbling with the Academy Titanic. This is the first plastic model that I have attempted in many years. (The Dark Side?) The kit comes with PE and Wooden Deck. This is also my first PE exposure. I have started on the Fore and Aft Decks, painting what is required and removing plastic, not required for the Wooden Decks. I have done the same for all three Main Decks Planking applied. (A note: Planking is not Laser Cut, just an outline, so separate components with a sharp blade....) Tried my hand at the PE, some errors, (Learning Curve), and have ordered replacement PE from Toms Model Works and Eduard. (The PE is so fragile....) Anyway, on with the build, don't know if I'll be able to use all PE, some components are way above my ability at this stage, so, some details may be the plastic variety.) Photos tomorrow. Cheers....HOF.
  15. Good morning. It's been quite some time since I posted on here. I have taken a long break from ship builds, focussing mainly on cars/bikes. However my partner wanted a Titanic built, and has been nagging me for about 2 years now. So I snagged Academy's 1/400 Premium Limited Edition, c/w PE, wooden deck and lighting. If you can call it lighting. It's just 4 LED strips, but it does come with a nifty touch sensitive switch, and the contacts between LED's are conductive so I can, and plan on, adding to them. Came in a nice double sleeved box: The first thing I wanted to address was the rather plain stand. I had planned on planking the entire thing but I decided on just the upper surface, it was sprayed black and glossed using a 2K clear. And a quick check to see how it was going to look... OK so, moving on, the prepainted hull. I absolutely despise prepainted plastic, especially when they also get the colours wrong, as well as leave an awful mold line. So that got rubbed down, and a coat of primer applied. That was followed by a dull red, which was then masked and the black for the upper hull applied. Academy molded the kit so the white sections are seperate so no need to mask those. Interesting side note, I cannot seem to find a definitive answer as to whether or not the gold sheer stripe was present or not. Most of the advertising images show it there, but any photographs suggest it wasn't. At this point I am undecided, but for now, it's being left off. I tackled the spinners and anchors next. Gold plated plastic. Ugh, no, just no. They were stripped using a foam oven cleaner, then painted black and overcoated with a brass/bronze. I think the anchors were probably black or even an anthracite colour, but I think this is more visually appealing. I also at this stage, permanently attached the hull to the stand, and installed the power source and switch in the stand, and the first two LED strips into the hull. Things get a little scatted from hereon in. I wanted to check my ability with the PE before I started hacking off parts of plastic I couldn't then replace. I am not that great at working with small fiddly photoetch. I started doing a few benches, with one painted up. I made a crude tool for bending the slats which was very effective. They didn't turn out too bad, so I don't think they will be a problem. Now that is out of the way, I can start actually moving forward. The first task is making the cargo cranes, which also involved more photoetch. This didn't turn out as neat as the benches, but with the naked eye they look quite good. Close up camera photo's say otherwise. Also, this was the start of adding some further lighting. This being done with fibre optics which I will later drive from a 3 or 5mm LED. That's pretty much where I am upto now. I have since painted the lower half of the 4 well deck cranes in a shade of brown. I should probably point out, I rarely build for accuracy. At times certain things are either beyond my abilities or I simply don't like reality, so forgive me if a few things aren't quite right here and there. Back soon...
  16. Hi Model ship world members. Here are some pictures of my 1/700 Titanic Model Kit. This is an ACADEMY model Kit MCP 1/700 scale and My first build. Ever since I was 6 years old (32 years ago) I've always loved the history behind the Titanic. I remember being super exited on 1985 when it was discovered and I waited eagerly for the National geographic film to come out. I even went to several book stores looking for the printed issue and my dad couldn't understand the fascination with the ship, but he went along with it. I even bought (now lost 😪) reprints of the newspapers that came out the next morning of that tragic day. I've bought books and framed blueprint, you name it. And now, I'm having the best time working on these model ships and I dont think I'll stop with the Titanics. Loved the new hobby. Here are the pictures of my first build Titanic 1/700 Academy. If you have any suggestions on improving this build, Please I welcome them all. Sergio C.
  17. Decided to get back into wood after a side venture in plastic. My next wood kit is the Titanic Lifeboat by Artesania Latina in 1:35 scale. Purchased the kit through Tower Hobbies in Chicago when I heard that AL was in bankruptcy. Had this kit on my wish list for some time. Well here's the obligatory box photos. Interestingly the entire box was shrink wrapped in plastic, and the contents were likewise shrink wrapped in plastic over a large piece of cardboard. In addition each of the bundles were also shrink wrapped. Don't know if this is to prevent moisture; or sticky fingers absconding with spare parts or to prevent parts from getting lost if the box itself is damaged. At any rate it was a lot of plastic wrap to cut thru. One piece of laser cut ply had delaminated at one end caused 4 or 5 of the ribs to also delaminate, since the ply was 3 ply and only 1 ply came loose it was easy to reglue. First time I have encountered this with an AL kit. The part in the upper right corner of the next photo is the piece that delaminated. T
  18. Greetings - this is not a build log per se but the website for the completed model, which has over 12 pages of build photos and explanations of what was done and how. Plus, of course, finished model photos. www.titanicmodel.net Regards Art Braunschweiger Forum administrator, please move this to the appropriate location if it doesn't belong here.
  19. Greetings Everyone, Being very much into genealogy, I was going through the hundreds of personal letters from the children of my 2nd great-grandparents and I decided to take a closer look at an old letter that was written on ships stationary. I always knew about this letter, however, with the other endless genealogy research projects, I just never got around to take a closer inspection of this particular letter. The letter is addressed to my great aunt, May Ivory, from her future sister-in-law, Constance Randall, and was dated June 14, 1910, with an envelope postmarked "REC'D. June 24, 1910 Coalinga, CA." Seeing the flag emblem on both the letter and envelope it stood out as something I had seen before but I just couldn't remember the connection. . . ."Where had I seen this before?" Ha! Well, after doing a quick search of the R.M.S. Baltic online I couldn't believe my eyes! The emblem, of course, is the White Star Line and the Baltic was one of the ships that gave "ice warnings" to the R.M.S. Titanic as she sailed into history. Although the letter was written nearly 2 years before the terrible events of April 15, 1912, I was absolutely stunned at having this letter and a little piece of the Titanic history. It is also worth mentioning that this stationary was most likely the same as used on the Titanic as well. My hands are still shaking! Incredible!!
  20. I am currently buidling the TITANIC, Mantua scale 1:200. This model will be completed with PE-parts, such as windows, railings, ladders and more little stuff. Much information comes from the Titanic Research and Modelling Association,the book " RMS Titanic, a modelmaker's manual" by Peter Davies-Garner and CAD-drawings by Robert Hahn. Here some pictures of what has been done so far : fixing the frames and start with planking the hull : funnels with the rivet-pattern : lifeboats with PE-davits Eric
  21. I received this as a Christmas gift last year and recently decided to give it a shot. The model comes packaged in a 6"x6" box and works up into a 5 1/2" model stem to stern. The materials consist of two steel sheets with all parts attached via sprues. Construction is of the "insert tab a in slot b" type. The tabs can be folded over or twisted 90 degrees to lock the parts together. Steps are laid out in a series of diagrams - no text here. Tools used for construction - a wire cutter to cut parts loose (some have three attachment points and I cut one before twisting the parts loose) and a needlenose plier to fold or twist the tabs to lock in place. The order of steps is logical and I was able to follow with no deviation. Here is a shot of the underside that shows several of the tabs twisted and locked in place. A few shots of the finished model follow. The pieces were not dangerously sharp, but I wouldn't recommend this for younger kids. I was thinking about getting one to build with my 7 year old granddaughter, but I think I'll hold off on that. I have a paper pirate ship I picked up a few years ago - we may start there. A size comparison with my Bluenose in progress and the model in it's display location atop my monitor. We'll see if the cat allows that to continue. Overall the model went together well. The pieces were strong enough to take some flexing, the assembly plan was logical (although a third hand would be useful at some points), and the completed model holds together well. In short it was just the thing to help me keep my hand in model building, while I continue in my Bluenose doldrums. It's a fun little project that takes a short amount of time and provides completion satisfaction quickly. Now I can say I have a completed build! Bob
  22. Hey guys I'm greg from Gold Coast Australia I also have another build log going and that's for the BLACK PEARL from hachette I bought this kit off a lady in Perth Australia who's husband had sadly past away a few years ago and she had collected all 100 issues every week for him but he was unable to start/ complete it it's copy righted 2001 so it's a good 13 years old all the issues are unopened except for issue 1 I am currently up to issue 8 and was wondering if anyone has done this partworks before if you have please feel free to help me with any tips or tricks as this TITANIC and the BLACK PEARL are both my 1st builds my girlfriend has been on my back for months now saying that I need a hobby and I saw the add on tv for the BLACK PEARL and so I thought I would give it ago I do know that the partworks are EXPENSIVE the BLACK PEARL. Is around $2,500 and the TITANIC was around $1,100 but I was able to pick it up for $350 I personally like the idea of having a magazine with every issue because you can learn a fair bit about what you are making as a example did you know that a first class ticket on the TITANIC would cost in today's money $100,00 if any one has any folders or the stand or any other parts I am miss I would be very greatful to buy them off you I hope you enjoy following my build log(s)
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