#5935, "Dane's old AM 1/350 Titanic" Tue May-08-12 04:18 AMby TRMA
Hello all. I just registered so I could ask some questions. But I guess I should say hi and tell you about me and my model progress.
I became a Titanic enthusiast when I was five and read the book Exploring The Titanic by Robert Ballard. The wreck is what fascinated (and terrified me!) from the start. But as the years went on I became intrigued with the entire story. Somewhere around the release of James Cameron's "Titanic" my Mother and Father bought me the Academy/Minicraft 1/350 model.
My father had been a model builder his whole life, I on the other hand made a couple Corvettes that were nothing to brag about. Him and I painted the water line on the hull, and then all work ceased. I kept it with me in a box for 15 years. Upon the 100th anniversary of the sinking, my love was reignited once again, and one night I found myself digging through boxes in my shed.
Out came the model and Titanic: An Illustrated History. And I began work once again this April. I have found a hobby that I absolutely enjoy and I am learning so much now about a ship that I've always loved. Thank you TRMA for your amazing resources and insight, I can't believe I didn't know you existed a month ago!
Ok enough of that, here is my progress so far. This is my 3rd model ever, first ship. There are some inaccuracies I chose not to change, some that I did. I do not have the resources currently for an airbrush kit, so unfortunately this is all spray and brush. I'm giving it my all though!
The ship out of the box after 15 years.
I repainted the hull black and then did my red and white ( I know now that the etching on the hull is wrong..but I can live with that)
Just trying to get a feel for my chosen deck color, I think it will work.
That was a challenge! Now I realize that the hatch is missing many details, I will be working on that soon.
I am waiting to do a lit model. I consider this my practice run. I weighed down the hull with a little concrete and then applied clear plastic behind the portholes (which I drilled) and the foil to help reflect light, I think it turned out well.
#5936, "RE: I'm new here and posting now, so here's my model progress." In response to Reply # 0
Lookin' good so far. I hope those decks are just dry fitted in the 3rd photo. Like I mentioned in your other post...Awesome sheer stripe! I can empathize with the amount of work just laying down the tape.
#5989, "RE: Dane's old AM 1/350 Titanic - scratch built number one hatch" In response to Reply # 0 Thu May-17-12 06:38 PMby DrUnKeN_MaX
Okay so here is the little progress I've made thus far. When I first realized the inaccuracies of the number one hatch...I did not think I would be able to fix them! But as many of you know, when you're a beginner, you learn A LOT as you go and become more confident.
So, here is my attempt at the number one hatch, it's not perfect, but a lot better than the flat piece of plastic AM gave me! Comments welcome! And I'm sorry about the grainy photos...I need a real camera..
Starting with this...
I cut a piece of CPVC water supply pipe to use as the curved portion of the hatch (I'm a plumber)
the capstans are not glued yet!
Plenty of touching up to do, and in the future I will not photograph so close, those darned imperfections! And FYI the forecastle is NOT cemented to the hull.