|Old web page at TPG Coming here soon||Amateur Radio G3UJS - VK6DX||Western Australian Birds|
|Scale Model Ship Building||Astronomy & Astrophotography||Flora & Fauna Country WA|
|HMS Manchester the model||HMS Loch Killisport the model||My Story of survival|
|Home Page and Guestbook||Smithdale Family Heritage||Email Me|
|Holiday 2015||RMS Titanic the model - Under Construction!|
RMS Titanic - The ModelBelow is my model of the RMS Titanic made from a kit originally published by Hatchette Partslist Ltd, in the UK
The kit came in the form of a subscription via a local newagent and ran to 100 booklets and parts. The ultimate cost for the "static" non working model was around $1200AU at the time.
Normally, I have always avoided using kits to create model ships and yachts, but this was a challenge I could not refuse
Following the publication in a local newspaper in Perth, a photo of my HMS Manchester model, I received a phone call asking if I wanted the "Titanic" kit as the purchaser had found it too difficult for their skills in fine modelling. The hull had been partially completed, but due to errors in parts was not suitable to be re-used. The upper deck parts were complete in their packaging.
I decided to completely rebuild the hull on the same lines as my other models, permitting radio control equipment, batteries and 2 electric motors to be fitted.
From previous modelling I have built up a comprehensive set of tools needed for the task including a home made mini sawbench and plank/strip "thicknesser" Powered by an old 12vdc model aircraft motor starter! (see slide show) This was done using MDF formers in the hull, which were then covered with 0.8mm modelling ply and balsa blocks for the bow and stern. The entire insides were washed with a fibre glass resin, to seal and waterproof the inside of the hull. The hull planking was filled and the prop shafts bonded with "plastic wood". In order to access the Radio Control equipment the upper decking had to be made separately to enable it to be removed.
TO BE CONTINUED..........>