How to Build a Small Scale Titanic for a School Project

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How to Build a Small Scale Titanic for a School Project
Build a small scale model of the Titanic for your next long-term school project. (Doors from Titanic :-) image by zimous from

The Titanic ship disaster continues to fascinate people, long after its tragic events unfolded. The Titanic lives on in peoples' hearts and minds all over the world, from the small scale models they build to documentaries, websites and even a blockbuster movie that made more money at the box office worldwide than any other film until director James Cameron surpassed it with another blockbuster (Avatar - 2009). You can improve your knowledge of the Titanic and impress your teacher by building your own small scale model of the legendary vessel.

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Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Small diagonal cutters
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Fine-point scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Masking tape
  • Liquid plastic cement
  • Testors or other brand model paint in these colours: Natural wood, brown, flat light grey, white, flat black, terra cotta, tan, metallic steel, bronze, dulcote, flat sea grey, yellow, red, light brown and gloss white colours
  • Fine and broad paint brushes

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  1. 1

    Purchase a small scale Titanic model kit such as the 1:350 RMS Titanic model which is available online and at local craft stores across the nation.

  2. 2

    Clear a large workspace that can be left undisturbed for 6 - 12 months as the model is very intricate, has many parts and generally takes skilled modelers about one year or sometimes more to assemble.

  3. 3

    Expect a challenge. The manufacturer lists the skill level as a level three for builders age 14 and older. Expect more than 300 pieces but also expect to have a near museum-quality model when you are finished that you can display proudly for years to come. Take great care when assembling the pieces, as the pieces are delicate and easily broken during the building process. Follow the detailed, pictorial instructions included with the kit closely and print out or pull up online photos of the actual Titanic as well as the completed model to continually refer to them as you build the model. Start with the ship's hull, then move up to the decks, and finish with the funnels, wires and external details like benches and portholes. Expect to have to sand some pieces with fine grit sandpaper and to make portholes with a pair of fine-point scissors or utility knife.

  4. 4

    After assembling the ship, paint the pieces starting with funnels and working your way downward to the hull at the bottom. Refer to online photos and the pictorial instructions included with the kit to create realistic detail. Allow the paint to dry completely, take photos of the model and display it in a safe, secure location.

  5. 5

    Take pictures of your progress building the model and have a friend or family member take photos of you working on the model. Keep a daily or weekly journal of your observations, challenges and success as you build the model. Prepare a presentation for your class about the Titanic and your model.

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