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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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)
  17. I started building this ship of dreams and hope about 2-3 years ago. I ran into to early problems with the build and therefore tucked it away. Now I have decided to give it another try, since I am fascinated by this ship and its story like so many others. I'll post some pictures of the build until today and will try to update the log as I go. Tips and advice are welcome!
  18. First build of a model in wood. Just over 2 weeks into build. I put very thin line of wood glue on edge of each hull plank before I attached it to hull. It makes structure stronger and better for sanding after I find, cause there is no individual movement of planks in and out when sanding, so result is smoother finish I think anyhow as pics of stern show that I have sanded. Also I painted paper cut out of windows, doors etc in a semi clear varnish to prevent fading of them over years due to sunlight. Anyone else who has any tips greatly appreciated More brains the better. It never hurts to listen
  19. Hi all thought i would post a build log of my first plastic ship kit in years. this is how the kit came from The Model Dockyard After opening the box this is what i got and withe the sleeve removed the box has a real feel of quality about it. So thats what you get lets get started. i have decided to light her up so first job is to drill out all those port holes all 806 of them. i know you cant see it from the photos but trust me all 806 are drilled out This is showing the decks after the bit have been removed to have the wooden deck atatched. and this is with the wooden deck atatched(i must say its the first part of the model that has disappointed me i thought the wooden decking was precut but it is not only the outline (and that not very well) ) there is an outline for you to follow but 1 mistake and you have ruined the whole kit since you have already removed parts of the plastic decking ready for the real wood decking.well thats all tonight what do you guys think.
  20. Right this is my first time at doing a build log and hopefully all will go well I have decided to try my hand at making the Titanic as I have a very keen interest in the real Titanic and is a bit different to the Mississippi Paddle Steamer I have almost completed, this will be the third ship I have built so hopefully I will have enough skill to complete quite a complex model. The kit will be completed as per the instructions with no modifications on my part, having read a bit on models of the Titanic I believe the finished shape of the hull may be slightly out but I am not too bothered about this....it will be an achievement just to finish it lol I bought the kit from Cornwall Model Boats who have been fantastic and have a quick delivery time. Some pics of the open box....... The instructions and plan sheets take some going through and are quite thorough. Lets make a start, sorry but my descriptions may be a bit sparse with pictures telling the story, thats just me lol if anyone wants any further info just ask and I will do my best to answer. I have no special jigs etc I just constructed on the table using a square to make sure all the ribs were true. The insertion of the two wooden bars pulled the hull into a straighter shape thankfully! I found the fitting of decks etc before planking the hull a bit of getting used to and the planking of the decks takes some time the first walls have been built to give some shape and base for the other decks, I kept forgetting the brass parts on the walls which proved frustrating trying to glue in place once the walls were on the ship! Well thats progress so far, roughly three or four nights work so progress is slow but steady.
  21. Just bought this off a chap who had this up in his loft for the past 4 years.He admitted that model-making wasn't for him! It's the "Build the Titanic"magazine collection. Nearly complete collection,except for issues 93-100.I hope I can get hold of them over the coming months. Most of the planks are falling off or broken.Don't know what glue he used but it didn't work very well! Have stripped off the one side,and am just waiting for my order of new ones. Can't strip the other side off yet,as I have to make a template off it to drill the portholes,etc. Wish me luck!!
  22. Well, here goes with a repost of my Titanic build. It will take a few posts to catch up but I will do my best. The Mantua kit comes in 5 parts including the RC part. I am building this to include the RC part but it will mainly be a static model, hence posting in this forum. I started the model in early December 2012 and have been surprised at how fast I have progressed - too much time building and not enough time for the house chores! The kit is very complete and I have not really had any problems yet. The hull is a standard 'double plank on frame' construction and as long as you take care with the planking, the hull builds straight and true. I prefer to treat each plank as a separate project and not worry about the progress. Anyway, on to the photos ...
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