Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1:700 Airfix Titanic complete

As I mentioned earlier, my nephew got me a Titanic model kit for my 30th birthday. Even though I'm not much of a naval enthusiast (exc. age of sail), I was quite happy of his choice and started working on the kit this autumn. I converted it into a waterline model which proved challenging. In addition, this was the first model I do rigging on, which is probably the most difficult thing I've ever done modeling-wise. It was really, really hard to try and get the strings to look taut. Applying PVA glue to the strings helped a bit and I think it turned out ok. The Marconi aerial (the clothesline between the masts) was the most difficult bit. I'm happy it turned out the way it did.

The rigging and the water effects really took me outside my comfort zone, but I think those are the things that make an otherwise plain and dull looking model interesting. As for time, I think this model took maybe 30 hours of work all in all, but the time spent was quite fragmented.

I'll finish with a song by a finnish king of Disco that's been playing in my head through the whole goddamn project. Finns know what I'm talking about.


  1. How did you make the sea and foam?

    1. Hi!
      I first painted the base with a dark blue for the deep water color, and then stippled two or three layers of brighter shades for the foam. I then poured in a pool of Vallejo Still Water for the flat water, and made the surf on top of that (once dry) with Woodland scenics water effects, drybrushing the foam with white and then giving a quick coat of water effects to the surf to retain gloss. I'm not perfectly happy on how it turned out, but I think it was a successful "first attempt".