1/400 Academy Titanic build

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This is my first ship build in many years. Usually its Aircraft and armor. But after visiting the cemetery where victims were interred in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I became intrigued with Titanic's history. I’ve been working on this Titanic in my spare time, which does not amount to much, for almost a year. I chose to detail and light this kit as a learning project. Didn’t think about the size of the project until I was knee-deep into it. Here are a few pics of my project thus far. Quite a bit of work to go.

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A very good start of your building log - I will follow your log with interest
 

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This is my first ship build in many years. Usually its Aircraft and armor. But after visiting the cemetery where victims were interred in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I became intrigued with Titanic's history. I’ve been working on this Titanic in my spare time, which does not amount to much, for almost a year. I chose to detail and light this kit as a learning project. Didn’t think about the size of the project until I was knee-deep into it. Here are a few pics of my project thus far. Quite a bit of work to go.

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Hope to see an update on your Titanic
 
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Yes. All sidelights (portholes ) were hand drilled. I do not recommend using a Dremel as it can result in uneven rows. Plus it goes quickly once you get going. At some point I lost count as to how many portholes there were.
I used the TRMA sidelight diagrams and Art Braunschweiger’s 1/350 chart on drill bit sizes, converted to 1/400 scale, for the appropriate sidelight sizing. I’ve attached the diagrams and size chart in this post.
I used clear acetate strips to give all sidelights the glass effect, adding colored overlays in different colors to simulate cabins with drawn curtains or blacked out portholes for unoccupied spaces.
Titanic model.net is a great site for inspiring one to add greater detail to the kit.
I’m sure you know this; the lighting on titanic was very dim compared with today’s lighting. I went with warm white LEDs and dimmed them further with light filtering film. Which also helped disperse the light more evenly.
 

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Looking great so far! I'm also following the sidelight diagrams for correcting my 1/200 Titanic Trumpeter kit.

Keep up the good work.
 
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Thanks. I’m no rivet counter but I have researched this subject and am glad to share what I’ve found, it’s great to see that the 1/200 scale kit has revived interest in Titanic
. Coincidentally, I have recently visited one of the Titanic exhibits. Here is a shot of a 1st class window frame and a section of 401’s hull that were recovered from the debris field. The left side of the hull portion has cutouts for sidelights.
 

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Thanks. I’m no rivet counter but I have researched this subject and am glad to share what I’ve found, it’s great to see that the 1/200 scale kit has revived interest in Titanic
. Coincidentally, I have recently visited one of the Titanic exhibits. Here is a shot of a 1st class window frame and a section of 401’s hull that were recovered from the debris field. The left side of the hull portion has cutouts for sidelights.
 
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It has been awhile since I’ve posted any of the progress on my build. It has been slow going as this started out as a learning project in rigging, lighting and PE. Lots of PE!!!
Besides drilling out al sidelights and removing all window mullions, replacing them with PE, I’ve run all LEDs and F/O strands filtering all to affect lighting more accurate to the lighting of the era. 1619924073827.jpeg
Adding more details I’ve been scratch building as I go along. For instance, the aft well deck crane bases were inaccurate so I fabricated new ones as well as the poop deck skylights.1619921910174.jpeg1619923762496.jpegI applied a red oak veneer to the top of the base and added brass pedestals. The base is wired for an AC/DC adapter.
I’ve glued all upper decks and deckhouses into one component. 1619923535928.jpeg Some detailing to the bridge and it should be ready to glue all decking to the hull. Then the fun begins with the remaining PE and detailing the decks and rigging.
 

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