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Minicraft 1/350 Titanic WIP

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Minicraft 1/350 Titanic WIP
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:53 PM

I am not a ship builder so this will no doubt take months.  I'm sure there's been many threads on this subject, but I thought perhaps a rookie ship builder's perspective might be interesting.

 Anyhow - I received this as a Christmas gift in 2017:

 

 Massive bench hog:

I ordered these beautiful wood decks from scaledecks.com:

 

Got the bulk of the airbrushing done- this is no small task.  I love airbrushing and I literally got tired of it after 45 minutes or so.  There's so much to paint!  Mr Color flat white - 2 bottles, True North anti-foul red and Tamiya flat black.  The black crazed the anti-foul red a bit where I had overspray - not sure what I'm going to do about that.  The True North paint went on really nice but remained tacky for days.  I let it set for a couple weeks before masking and spraying the Tamiya black today.  Here's the hull:

Uncharted territory for me for sure (no pun intended).  I've worked with photoetch quite a bit, but not certain how to approach the railings - paint first?  Any advice is welcome.

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, February 18, 2019 8:58 AM

I am a model ship builder, and my ship projects frequently take months.  So don't feel bad about taking your time to do it right.  In fact, I have a heller 1:100 Soleil Royale on a shelf that was started over fifteen years go.  Lots of rigging on that kit, so it is going slow.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 18, 2019 9:26 AM

This looks good so far. Ship builder too, less talented than Don.

I'd go back and repair the red. You wont be able to do that once you start adding detail, and you will wish you did. No rush.

Paint all of the PE before gluing it on. It just can't be done later for railings, esp. with all of that wood deck.

 

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    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:02 AM

I am not a ship builder either, and kudos to you for jumping into it. And I think it WILL BE interesting. 

Following your thread.

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    March, 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Monday, February 25, 2019 7:32 AM

This will be well worth watching. Pulling up a chair.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:58 PM

Little more work on the Titanic - I bought Gorilla clear glue for the wood decks.  Scaledecks reccomends Gorilla wood glue so I have that on order.  I did a bit of painting before putting the decks down.  Slow going as they take a while to try and require every clamp I own!  Any advice on putting these decks down will be greatly appreciated.  They fit pretty well all in all.

My first attempts - small pieces that went on easy.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March, 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Sunday, March 03, 2019 3:53 AM

They will add a touch of refinement to the Kit John.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:02 AM

I've been on hold waiting for these Pontos pedestals as I'm at the point of adding the main deck.  They arrived this week along with a few tiny! little folks to add to the deck.

Hope to get back to this HUGE build

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:05 AM

This is epic. Will be watching this beauty come together.

                   

 

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    March, 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Monday, April 01, 2019 6:01 AM

keavdog

I've been on hold waiting for these Pontos pedestals as I'm at the point of adding the main deck.  They arrived this week along with a few tiny! little folks to add to the deck.

Hope to get back to this HUGE build

 

Those Pontos Pedesatls are great to work with and will add a touch of refinement to your Build.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • Member since
    February, 2014
Posted by tfritt on Monday, April 22, 2019 11:09 AM

Hey, John,

I hope everything is going well with your build. I have been working on my minicraft titanic about 5 years now. I could have had it done much sooner, but I haven’t worked on it all the time. Here is a link to a website that you may find of interest http://www.titanicmodel.net/. Another site to get some info on detailing the Titanic is http://www.rivet-counter.com/. Both sites are valuable resources for someone wanting to go the extra mile to detail the model. Happy modeling.

Tony

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 22, 2019 8:35 PM

Hey Tony thanks for the links.  Very helpful.  I started doing the rigging for the main deck and the material provided is finer than human hair! Difficult to work with but probably has a nice scale appearance. 

Thanks,

John

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    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:49 PM

tfritt

Here is a link to a website that you may find of interest http://www.titanicmodel.net/. Another site to get some info on detailing the Titanic is http://www.rivet-counter.com/. Both sites are valuable resources for someone wanting to go the extra mile to detail the model. Happy modeling.

Tony

 

All I can say about that first link is WOW!  Not sure if he would do the lighting differently today with all the SMDs and micro LEDs, but that is some incredibly fine work.  The attention to detail is beyond astounding.  Makes me want to build one.

Bob

 

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:48 PM

tfritt

Hey, John,

I hope everything is going well with your build. I have been working on my minicraft titanic about 5 years now. I could have had it done much sooner, but I haven’t worked on it all the time. Here is a link to a website that you may find of interest http://www.titanicmodel.net/. Another site to get some info on detailing the Titanic is http://www.rivet-counter.com/. Both sites are valuable resources for someone wanting to go the extra mile to detail the model. Happy modeling.

Tony

 

There aint no way in hell I'd ever tackle a project like that. If I did I might as well get rid of all the rest of my stash because I'd be on it for the next two decades.

I do have to admit that it is impressive and that I admire someone who can pull a great build off like that.

                   

 

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 06, 2019 1:55 AM

After a night of wrestling with the super fine rigging I finaly have the main deck on.  The main deck had a bit of warping so I glued in sections but I think I have a workable ship!

Thanks,

John

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