First build Minicraft 1/350 Titanic (11320)

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You are doing a fantastic job on this ship. You make working with PE and small parts look so easy. Very precise and clean work so far. Looks great!
Hey thanks. Believe me those small parts have caused a lot of cussing!

I permanently installed the forecastle and forward mast. The spacers I made up to adjust the mast seem to have worked out well. I have them epoxied to a wood block under the deck. One more mast, 2 lifeboats, forecastle railing, and rigging and I should be done. I'm in the homestretch now. I just would like it finished now that the mast is on there because I'm concerned I'm going to forget it's there and bend it while doing the rest.92 Installed Mast.jpg93 Installed Mast.jpg
 
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Great work! You’re in the home stretch for sure. I have the same mast kit in 1/400 and was also concerned as how it will hold up to rigging. I planned to use fly tying thread. I think your choice of ez-line is a better move. Once you get the line taught the stretch in the give in the line will be better then rigid thread I think. As for masts, I built a 1/570 Titanic years ago and the plastic masts kept snapping off which is why I went with brass this time. They do bend though but look great and are true to scale
 
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Great work! You’re in the home stretch for sure. I have the same mast kit in 1/400 and was also concerned as how it will hold up to rigging. I planned to use fly tying thread. I think your choice of ez-line is a better move. Once you get the line taught the stretch in the give in the line will be better then rigid thread I think. As for masts, I built a 1/570 Titanic years ago and the plastic masts kept snapping off which is why I went with brass this time. They do bend though but look great and are true to scale
Thanks. Yes they are much thinner than the plastic masts. It takes a little customization to get them to mount but I think they look better. Plus the plastic masts don't look very durable at the top. The parts are tiny and I lost one of the bells as it shot into neverland when I had it in the tweezers. So far I'm liking the EZ Line a lot. It was really nice doing the funnels with it as I could stretch it a good amount out of the top to give me some room to glue the inside of the funnel. They also keep things taught without putting too much stress on the attachment points. I don't know about EZ Line longevity but I'm hoping it doesn't dry out like a rubber band. Time will tell.
 
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Good point, I never thought about the lines possible decaying though I’ve never heard of that happening and EZ-line has been around for some time now and gets accolades from so many modelers. I’d like to know your final thoughts on it when the project is complete. Ed’s Hobby Shop is the only “show in town” here, I know they carry quite a bit, but did not stock e-z line,So I used what I had in my worship. Based on your recommendations, I may will go with easy line for my next I Titanic build.
 
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I against my better judgement put the little pulleys on the lifeboats and hung the first two in each row. In my opinion the whole lifeboat situation has been my biggest disappointment. Well maybe the crooked docking bridge can give them a run for the money! The whole photo etch davits deal were well beyond my ability at this time. The front davits should have been assembled in the deployed position to accommodate hanging the first boat above the one underneath. I didn't do that so I needed a way to hang it. I tried a bunch of things but they all looked worse than what I eventually did. I wound up having to bend some wire and hook it over the davit arms. The arms are not in the right position and twisted so the whole assembly looks amateurish. There are globs of glue and wire painted with a brush. I guess that's what happens when an armature does something like this lol. All the davits look pretty bad upon close inspection. In the end I didn't learn how to make and space photo etch davits but I did learn how not to do it!!! I need to find a better way to bend the davit arms. The instructions said to bend them around an X-Acto knife handle. That just wound up making them all twisted and of different bends. Next time I will try another way.

I also added the front railings, ratlines and the screws. Today I may mess with the main/rear mast (which I had to cut down slightly) and maybe some rigging. The rear mast was a little over 1/4 inch taller than the front when seated. I believe the rear should be slightly taller but not that much. Over a quarter inch at 1/350 scale must be an awful lot in real life. It may be a result of the wood decks and glue building up height as they are stacked on top of each other. I also may have drilled the hole in the block of wood at the wrong depth and angle. Anyway I ground some off the bottom of the mast to have it about 1/8 inch taller than the front which looks better to my eye. It is only dry fit at this time, today I will epoxy it into final position.94 Rat lines boats.jpg
 
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I do not see amateur anywhere in your work. Your work has been impressive on all points. As I understand this is your first attempt at a ship in some time, as well as photoetch and a wooden deck, assumedly for the first time. Fantastic work Chris!
I only wish my project was coming along as well a d expeditiously as yours.
Incidentally, regarding ideas for the davits and lifeboats, check our the “lifeboats and davits” section of Art Braunsweiger’s website. He explains how he manufactured and installed the boats, falls and davits in fair detail. What surprised me After I bent all of my photoetch lifeboat chocks are they are inaccurate and should be cut in half. the lifeboats were held up by the ropes and the chocks did not hold them on the deck. I have no extras and am nervous about cutting them down for accuracy. For the balance of my build I plan to create a jig for bending multiple items such as benches and davits.
As for your current project, What you’ve gleaned from from this build will make your next Titanic all the more impressive.
 
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Thanks AER3393. The lifeboats caused me the most issues and concern. I totally understand being nervous about modifying parts that you may run out of if it doesn't work. I skipped quite a few things on this model just because I didn't feel confident enough in doing them. I tried to strike a balance of getting out of my comfort zone to try and learn how to do new things while at the same time trying not to totally ruin two months of my time and effort. I wound up modifying the plastic chocks that came with the kit to sit the lifeboats on. I tried making my own chocks out of cut down plastic benches but they really didn't look good. There were no PE chocks at all with the davit set i bought.

I needed to pay more attention to the instructions also. For instance as I went along the instructions always told me how long a piece of rigging should be and to make sure you had it put through the holes in the decks before you glued them down. So today I get to the final rigging and on the last page of instructions it shows all these steadying lines that are needed to keep the rigging between the masts straight. I had everything glued down already so I couldn't finish the proper rigging. The only way I would have know about that would have been to read the entire instructions to the last page before I began to assemble the model. I made the mistake of assuming you didn't have to jump ahead in the instructions. Another lesson learned. Next time I'll read to the end before I start.

As far as jigs go that would make life so much easier with these PE parts. Again, next time I will take the time to make them up and avoid the inconsistencies I ran into on a lot of parts that needed to match exactly. A jig would have made the benches and davits look so much better. I'm glad I learned how to do a lot of stuff without totally messing the model up! I put it in a case now where I don't have to worry anymore about breaking stuff off of it lol! Good luck with yours.
 
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