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First Titanic Build

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  • Member since
    April, 2018
First Titanic Build
Posted by b17bill on Friday, April 06, 2018 1:32 PM

Hello Everybody I have been modeling for over 27 years. Tho it has been mostly aircraft (WW2 are my passion) i thought i would try the Minicraft 1/350 Titanic. Ha i know what a jump But im older now and way more patient. i think it will be quite a fun build. I am hoping i can get some help in the way of advice from everyone. The model came today waiting on some more paint and rigging line and ill start. I have been reading the discussions and have found them most interesting and helpful.Oh i did get the wood deck in the mail for Her any advice as to the best way to glue it on. THANKS

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    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, April 09, 2018 3:24 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

I dabble in ships from time to time, but in 1/700.  Since you've been reading the discussions, maybe you've run across some threads from others who have built the Titanic.  I always find it helpful to read through and look at in-progress photos from other builders.

If you do a search for Titanic, here on the "Search Forums" bar, you will probably find lots of suggestions--if you haven't already done so.

Otherwise, doing a google-search can take you to other sites that may have helpful information and build-advice.

Fair winds!


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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, April 09, 2018 3:38 PM

There are two kinds of wood decks. Ones with self adhesive and ones without.

If it has self adhesive, do not try to use any added glue. If it does not have self adhesive, do an online search for recommendations.

The number one thing is to get it to fit and lie flat before attaching. For various reasons these things never seem to fit as well as they should. It can't be forced to be flat, and have the adhesive hold.

The most common fit problems are in between the various cut outs, like hatches. If it's too tight and looks buckled, it needs to be trimmed. Time spent solving these issues first is time well spent.

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, April 09, 2018 4:15 PM

Welcome aboard.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 09, 2018 4:40 PM
Welcome aboard,be sure to post some pics in the ship forum when you get going.

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    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, April 09, 2018 4:42 PM


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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:45 PM

Welcome to the Forums Bill! Glad to have you aboard.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:54 PM

Hey Bill, I got that kit for Christmas.  Not much of a shipbuilder myself.  Ill be following along. Heck, maybe I'll break out the kit and build along with you



  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:15 PM

Howdy !

.Oh i did get the wood deck in the mail for Her any advice as to the best way to glue it on. THANKS

Wood deck's can be "Tricky", you have to be careful with ANYTHING water based. Too much Elmers Glue , and you will Warp your deck. The same goes for when you get ready to Paint / Wash the deck.

I used a CA type glue on my wood deck, and I used it very sparingly. ( The wood has a tendency to "Suck up the CA. ) Next thing you know .... the deck is glued to your fingers !

Hope this was "Helpful". There are other's here on this forum that have WAY more knowledge than I do, so get all the "Tip's " you can before starting on this Quest.

Welcome to FSM.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:46 AM


 The deck I saw had a peel off backing .Try to get it to fit before taking that backing off !

I used Cigar tube lining wood for mine .One plank group at a time . I used The same adhesive they use for formica installs .


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