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Having finished my Titanic kit I wanted to build the SS United States as a size comparison. The Glencoe kit is one step above "bathtub toy". I intend to replace the decal hand rails with photoetch.
Hello all - Welcome to those of you who followed my build log of my previous ocean liner, the SS Andrea Doria. If you have not seen it, you can reach it by clicking the link below my profile, below. The Michelangelo was a slightly newer ship and sleeker in appearance. To give myself a bit more of a challenge, the model is being built to the scale of 1/350 rather than 1/200 as were my previous liner models. This means that the model's overall length is just over 31", which is a reasonable size for home display. I hope to still incorporate the same level of detail as at the larger scale, with some windows laser cut and others done with custom decals. Railings, ladders, etc. will be done in photoetched brass, and let me tell you, those pieces are tiny! The primary challenge of the build will be to replicate the cages around the funnels at this scale. The cages are one of the most visually appealing aspects of the ship, and were magnets for publicity photographs and even made it to the cover of the New York Times Magazine section. Nice shape, don't you think? As usual, my research began with trolling the internet, various books and other publications for images of the ship that would confirm and supplement the engineering drawings that would be ordered from the Italian naval archives. Out of about a thousand images some 200 were selected that were of such sufficient clarity and resolution to be useful. The covered almost every aspect of the ship, from her construction in the Anseldo Shipyards in Genoa to her ultimate end in the Pakistani breakers yard in 1991 Next time I will go into the process that I used to go from the plans to a laid-up basswood hull. Until then, be well Dan