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Trumpeter 1/200 Titanic & Pontos detailing set


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I am not a ship builder and have no previous experience of photo etch or wooden deckings so this is a new challenge for me. Nor am I a Titanic expert so please enjoy my build on the basis that this is strictly just a model and not guaranteed to be a 100% accurate reproduction of the titan herself. I've used a few books for reference where needed but have come to the conclusion that the limited pictures of the Titanic itself (as opposed to her sister ships) don't really help the modeller to accurately paint her based on black and white photos and film stills, James Cameron seems to have produced good data to work from but that has left me asking myself if he too improvised.

 

The Pontos set was a bit of a shock for me but I have literally taken it in small stages and have not worried about setting any deadlines. I have however focused purely on this build and have down tooled on all other builds as I need to stay focused on the Pontos detailing and not get myself distracted. The photo etch railings are something I have no previous skill at modelling but it seems to be going together OK so far.

 

I did drill out all the hull portholes and added some 3D printed bulkhead and hull straighteners. The bulkheads in one of the photos below did not end up getting used as I need open frames to allow for the interior hull lighting to be added. I've had to go back and fill and paint the davits as I drilled them out mistaking them for portholes. I used some of the kits packaging to wrap the additional 5v LED hull lighting onto, and will add another level of LED lights for C/D deck. The kits funnel lights are not being included as they are bulky and do not do the model any credit.

 

The Port side will be at waterline, while the starboard shall be on full display. With such an amount of superb brass pieces, I've also chosen to not over paint the capstans and leave them looking nice and shiny. The same applies to some of the doors, hatches, vent covers, steps; I just felt it would be very white and loose some of the finite detail that the Pontos set provides, so some silver has been used just to break up the deck and super structure colour work.

 

Based on the sheer amount of hard work this kit generates, I'd prefer the Titanic fanatics to just enjoy my attempt here rather than criticise, however any help and guidance will be thoroughly appreciated thank you.

 

Here we go.

 

Firstly, Nigel's superb porthole drilling guides which cover 4 different sized portholes

 

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If you choose to use Trumpeters recommended Cocoa Brown, don't because it is too brown. I added a 50% bright red mix and got it right the second time unlike the below first attempt.

 

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Now the hull with the colour corrected using the 50/50 cocoa and bright red mix

 

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Below shows the 3d printed hollow hull strengtheners and the kit packaging I added to attach the hull LED lighting onto

 

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Having tested the LED's I over painted them using Tamiya clear Orange as the kit's LEDs are a nice Victorian yellow type light

 

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The lower davits were later filled and overpainted, but here is the hull with it's interior lighting. The Portside hull has not been completely painted as it will be displayed at waterline.

 

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Early work on the Stern

 

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I felt it to be a shame to leave out the Pontos sets interior detail for the lifeboats so my model will show the Portside boats with their covers on, and the starboard side without covers

 

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My son who has an appetite for war gaming figure painting has kindly offered to paint this bag of 200 x 1/200 figures - he hasn't seen how small they are yet !!!

 

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Yep, I know, I've still got to drill out the forward front end aperture below

 

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Shapeways bench folding jig

 

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initial first attempt to use them, I need to use a vice next time and tape the etch into the jog before the fold process

 

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And that's it for the moment. I hope you have enjoyed the challenge I have on the workbench this month. I think I've been at work on this for about 4-5 weeks now (Furlough is brilliant)

 

John

 

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Hello Gimme, I will be following your build, as I will be building the TITANIC. Currently I am awaiting the delivery of the MK1 detail set and 'The Scale The Titanic' photo etch sets. If you are looking for some interesting references for your build may I suggest; www.rivet-counter.com. Also I would recommend www.titanic-cad-plans.com, I use the latter quite extensively. Good luck and most importantly enjoy and have fun building.

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Looks like a lot of great details on this build already 👍

 

beefy 

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15 hours ago, Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies said:

Hi John,

 

You want to watch yourself. You've quite an aptitude for this shippy stuff, and it's possibly too late to warn you that it is both contagious and addictive. :D

You may very well be right - I've just bought myself the Trumpeter 1/48 U Boat and Big Ed set. As much as I am looking forward to starting the U552, I am going to stay loyal to the Titan and complete her before starting the Sea Wolfe

 

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17 hours ago, Jerry L said:

Hello Gimme, I will be following your build, as I will be building the TITANIC. Currently I am awaiting the delivery of the MK1 detail set and 'The Scale The Titanic' photo etch sets. If you are looking for some interesting references for your build may I suggest; www.rivet-counter.com. Also I would recommend www.titanic-cad-plans.com, I use the latter quite extensively. Good luck and most importantly enjoy and have fun building.

Thank you very much for your tips here Jerry. I shall follow your advice here. I have also found 4 very specific facebook groups dedicated to this kit and it is nice to see how others are tackling the pontos funnel wrap stages as I am about to start that stage and can see problems on the horizon

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Hi

So with the help of a lot of very knowledgeable Titanic specialists, I have managed some good progress of this kit - thanks mainly to the facebook group builds I must add. The below pictures have been best uploaded in date order. Working with the addition of the Pontos set, I have found that the kit's instructions are best not followed and have therefore added a wide breadth of pictures for you below in case it helps anyone else, particularly around the assembly of the superstructure from the gym, boat deck and down to C deck level and promenade areas etc. The figures now seen below are the TORI Factory 3D printed Titanic sets available from KA Models of Korea. Expensive but worth while at 1/200 size for areas of the ship where you want to display accurate passengers, and of course; Rose and Jack!

 

An extra layer of LED's added between the Hull lighting and where the kit's supplied lighting starts off. Overpainted warm white LED's with Tamiya clear yellow to give it that Victorian feel

 

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Basic agricultural figures out on the promenade enclosed levels

 

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Assembling the promenade sides not the way trumpeter suggest so as to ensure figures and lighting can be added successfully

 

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TORI Factory figures

 

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some more of the railings now added etc

 

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correcting the waterline (again)

 

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Test fit of the funnels

 

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Never let go Jack

 

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Captain E Smith and his officers

 

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