How to build a model of the titanic

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The story of the Titanic is still told to our children in schools today. There is something intriguing about this magnificent ship, deemed unsinkable, yet sunk by an iceberg. Making a model of the Titanic is a wonderful way to experience and study the size and breadth of the great ship. Physically manipulating materials to put together the different decks helps make the story come alive for those making a model.

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Things you need

  • A picture of the Titanic
  • Scissors
  • Heavy cardboard painted black, or a sheet of black-coloured oak tag
  • Tape
  • Staples
  • Glue
  • Markers or paint in white, black and yellow
  • Long, rectangular box painted white, two-thirds the length of the ship
  • A minimum of two sheets of solid white paper
  • One sheet of yellow-coloured oak tag

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  1. 1

    Cut one-third of your black oak tag or cardboard to make the bottom of your ship. Fold the cut piece in half and staple the two sides together.

  2. 2

    Design the ship's prow (the very front part of the ship's bow) by cutting off one end in a prow shape. Use a yellow marker or yellow paint to write "Titanic" in capital letters on the starboard (right) side of the bow as the ship faces forward.

  3. 3

    Paint portholes onto your model using small white dots. The dots are in three rows near the top of the ship's base.

  4. 4

    Make the decks using the white paper. Place the first paper in a horizontal position and cut it so it is approximately one inch high.

  5. 5

    Attach the white paper to the bottom of the ship using staples or tape, forming a rim around the edge of the boat as seen in the image of the Titanic. Use another piece of white paper to form the deck of the ship by taping it to the rim you just made.

  6. 6

    Carefully cut four circles into the top of the rectangular box for smokestacks. Cut the yellow oak tag into four equal strips, and roll it into four cylinders that fit down into these circular openings. Color the top inch of each cylinder black.

  7. 7

    Place the rectangular box on top of the deck to form the upper three floors of the ship. Add three rows of windows with black paint or markers.

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