#46252, "Must have photoeched parts ? for Minicraft Titanic 1/350"
Soon Iím beginning with my Minicraft 350 model (revised edition). Iím not the best builder & not the richest builder but I really want to add a little extra to my model. Which of the following sets are a must have? And can I mix them?
Gold Medal Models: -Merchant Ship Set (Titanic/Lusitania) -Gold PLUS Titanic/Lusitania Detail Set -Ocean Liner Figures -Titanic Lifeboat Davits
#46259, "RE: Must have photoeched parts ? for Minicraft Titanic 1/350" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome aboard. It's going to be hard to help anyone decide which pieces to buy as a model project is kind of a personal thing (what you wish to accomplish). Both sets are great but if you wish to keep your cost down, I'd go with Tom's Modelworks. They offer a complete, bundled set for around $70.00. It's very complete,too.
If a complete set is out of your budget, start with the windows first. They're only available from Tom's. Definetly get railings too. Nothing looks better than the fine details of the railings. I can spot a "bone-stock", undetailed Titanic from far away just by the railings used.
As for which brand...that's a tough one. If you decide on adding railings, look closely at both manufacturers. Gold Medal Models has different things included on the railing sheet than what Tom's offers.
Gold Medal Models detail sheet for railings includes life rings, long stairways, short stairways, crane hooks & rigging, rat lines, short ladders and funnel ladders. Included with the Titanic stuff is also Lusitania railings, which you won't need. There is someone here on the forum begining a Lusitania project. I bet you could sell those railings to him and recoup some of your cost.
Tom's detail sheet offers the same stairways above as well as the railings and rat lines, but that's it.
Yes, there is a difference in what's offered but there is also a difference in cost.
That part relies strictly on you and what your willing to pay. Titanic is not a cheap project. Some of the outstanding models you see here have hundreds of dollars invested in parts and supplies. Never mind the rate for "labor". You can't put a price on a labor of love. I don't even want to know what I've invested so far, labor vs. supplies.
Don't glue your fingers together. Regards .............. Matt
#46372, "RE: Must have photoeched parts ? for Minicraft Titanic 1/350" In response to Reply # 0
I am also a relative beginner. The amount of detail one can add is overwhelming. I would agree with Matt's analysis of PE parts. Read Art B's guide to working with PE parts (on this web site) for help in understanding what other equipment you should have. While no one piece is very expensive it can add up. I would guess that I have spent about $350-$450 for a lot of the stuff listed below. You don't have to buy all of it, or all of it at one time. It can add up. Particularly if you need an air brush/compressor for painting. In thinking of additional things to purchase to enhance the kit consider the complete PE set from Tom's, a bending tool for the PE parts, paint brushes, paint, and solutions for decal's and windows. Then you may want to buy some books. Also there is a new set of wood decks from scaledecks.com which look very interesting to use on the 1/350 model. So the list can be endless. I already had an air brush, and some other tools, like a Dreml drill kit, and micrometer. I mention all this, not to brag, but to let you know how easy it can be to get enveloped by this project.By now, you get the point. Having written all of this I have to conclude with the following. This project has been wonderful, and superb relaxation from the stress of my profession. I estimate it will take me as long to build this kit as the 15,000 Irish workers spent building the real ship. Also the people on this web site are dedicated, conscientious, and are patient and supportive mentors.