R.M.S Titanic https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/ R.M.S Titanic Pic 1 - Model Box Cover This is the MiniCraft Model Kits 1/350 scale Titanic model Delux edition. The only thing I will be adding to this model is the lighting and wiring. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931343 23931343 Pic 2 - Kit Parts Layout The complete parts compliment. For the most part I will be following the suggested paints from the instructions sheet. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931344 23931344 Pic - 3 Drilling out the Portholes The first thing I did was drill out all of the portholes. If I counted correctly there are 479 small portholes on each side of the ship. I didn't count the larger ones... Sorry. It took about 1/2 hr to drill each side. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931345 23931345 Pic - 4 Painting the interior Hull The inside is also painted white to enhance the lighting effect. There are 2 coats of the white to completely cover the black plastic. The white was done with a spraycan. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931347 23931347 Pic 5 - Painting the Exterior hull 1 to start, the hull needs to be painted and the model base assembled. The first color will be "FLAT WHITE" on the top section of the hull. I use painters tape to mask off the line. Painters tape doesn't leave any gum on the model. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931346 23931346 Pic 6 - Painting the exterior hull 2 Next, the white is masked off and the hull is sprayed Flat Black. I let this coat dry for one day, then mask off the the water line and spray it Terra Cotta or a Rust Color. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931348 23931348 Pic 7 - Masking for gold stripe The Terra Cotta is dried for one day. This pic shows the mask for the GOLD stripe the surrounds the entire ship. I measured the width of the gold decals that came with the kit as the basis for the stripes thickness. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931349 23931349 Pic 8 - Exterior hull - Finished Here are all of the final colors for the hull. The decals will be added and then sprayed over with a DULCOTE to seal and protect them. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931350 23931350 Pic 9 - Painting the Deck Walls - 1 When lighting a model, most of the small pieces need to be opaqued to prevent light leaks. I put 3 or 4 pieces of tape together then stick the part to be sprayed onto the tape. This allows you to hold the parts vertical while spraying them. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931351 23931351 Pic 10 - Painting the Deck Walls - 2 After the Flat Black the parts are then re-sprayed white and/or their final colors. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931352 23931352 Pic 11 - Wiring for Lighting effects 1 In order to make the soldering a little easier, I wrap the ends of the wires around a small drill bit so that it can wrap around the main wire and be soldered into place. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299940 25299940 Pic 12 - Deck Lighting Effects Here is the test lighting. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556554 29556554 Pic 13 - Wiring for lighting effects - 2 The small loop allows the solder to adhere a little better to both wires. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299941 25299941 Pic 14 - Masking the Crane turrets - 1 This is how to paint the lower half of the base for the cranes. Fisrt I cut a strip of the painters tape, I lightly clamp the tower of the crane in a hobby vice, the wrap the painters tape around the entire base. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299935 25299935 Pic 15 - Masking the Crane turrets - 2 Next I wrap the entire top part of the crane base with a larger piece of the tape so the overspray won't get on any of the towers. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299936 25299936 Pic 16 - Finished crane turrets Here's what they look like after spraying. Next the booms will be added along with the cables. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299938 25299938 Pic 17 - Painting the funnel Caps These are the inside crowns and grids for the funnels. Painted Flat Black. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299937 25299937 Pic 18 - Painting the deck pieces All of the bases where the funnels will be assembles are painted a light Flat grey. The Ratlines are also painted Light Gray. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299939 25299939 Pic 19 - Painting the funnels - 1 The funnels are now assembled and ready to be painted. First the tops are sprayed Flat Black then left to dry over night. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556109 29556109 Pic 20 - Painting the Funnels - 2 The tops are masked off at the rims with the painters masking tape. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29555978 29555978 Pic 21 - Final Funnel Assembly The funnels are thoroughly cemented into place. I then drilled out some holes in the deck by each funnel to allow light to project onto the funnels. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966018 26966018 Pic 22 - Deck Wall assemblies Here the decks are sprayed NATURAL WOOD then a light coat of DULCOTE is sprayed. The hatch walls are painted by hand "RUST". Also, where the walls will be placed, the paint is scraped off so the cement will be able to bond with the deck. More to come! https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23931353 23931353 Pic 23 - Deck Lighting Effects - 2 A piece of reflective material is attached to the rear wall to enhance the lighting. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556113 29556113 Pic 24 - Grand staiscase The Grand staircases are painted brown. Then I'll dullcote them to take away the shine. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556551 29556551 Pic 25 - Lighting Effects - 3 Here is the wiring of the LEDs before they're soldered. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556104 29556104 Pic 26 - Deck Assembly - 1 I set the upper deck up on two paint bottles while I appleid the cement to all of the areas that will hold the decks in place. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299944 25299944 Pic 27 - Deck Assembly 2 I feed the wiring through the boat deck, then cement this deck in place. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26965995 26965995 Pic 28 Deck Assembly and Lighting - 1 This is the test lighting to make sure everything lights up. Once the deck is cemented into place I will no longer be able to access the witing. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556107 29556107 Pic 29 - Deck Lighting test Finally the decks are cemented together and test lit again. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299943 25299943 Pic 30 - Deck assembly - 3 Finally this deck can be cemented into place. The hull is kind of warped so the tape helps hold everything into place until the cement is dry. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556553 29556553 Pic 31 - 2nd Class Entrance Painting Here is the 2nd class entrance. All the windows are painted brown. The benches are now in place. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556552 29556552 Pic 32 - Vent prep All of the vents needed to be bore out just a bit. The injection molding was not done properly on this kit. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556100 29556100 Pic 33 - Painting the Vents After the vents are drilled out, the insides are painted Light Flat Gray. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869755 29869755 Painting the Deck Benches These are all of the benches that dot different parts of the ships decks. They are all hand painted while on the parts tree, https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556110 29556110 Pic 35 - Painting the Bench Legs Next the ends of each of the beches are painted Flat Black. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556549 29556549 Pic 36 Deck Benches Completed I put all of the benches on the sticky side of a piece of tape so they won't get lost if I accidently bump them. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556099 29556099 Pic 37 Aft Deck Assembly Here most od the details for the aft deck are painted and in place. All that's needed now are the railings. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299934 25299934 Pic 38 - Circulation motors and vents This is the upper center portion of the deck with all its air circulation moters and vents. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299945 25299945 Pic 39 - Deck Details Another view of the painted details of this deck. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556557 29556557 Pic 40 - Main lighting test 1 These next few slides are a lighting test in the dark. This was done with an 8 second exposure at a 100 ASA setting. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869753 29869753 Pic 41 - MAin Lighting Test 2 https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869752 29869752 Pic 42 - Main Lighting test 3 This is the front of the ship. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869754 29869754 Pic 43 - Boat Deck Railings 1 Here the side walls attached to the boat deck then the railings are painted Brown. It looks sloppy, but the next slide will show how that is fixed. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556558 29556558 Pic 44 - Boat Deck Railings 2 With a little bit of thinner on a paper towel I wipe the excess paint off. This is also done when I paint all of the window frames as well. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556579 29556579 Pic 45 - Wiring for the upper deck You can see the final wiring for the top deck cabins. The first 2 funnels are test fitted. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966017 26966017 Pic 46 - Fore Deck Details Here is the fore deck. I just have to paint the tops of the capstans and add a few cables for the rigging, but basically this piece is done. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=25299946 25299946 Pic 47 - Painting the Sky Lights 1 Here's how I painted the skylights. First I measure out the width and length of each of the panels then cut out the segments of painters tape and using an exacto blade and tweezers I adjust the positions of each of the pices of tape. Then I spray them Flat Black to prevent light leaks. Then I use Flat White as the final coat. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966015 26966015 Pic 48 - Painting the Sky Lights 2 The painters tape is then removed with the tip of an exacto, then any paint that needs to be removed is lightly scraped off of the panels. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966016 26966016 Pic 49 - Life Boat Decals 1 When appying the decals to the life boats, I make sure the backing is very soaked. I let a bead of water stay on the boat then coax the decals off the backing with the tip of a blunted exacto blade. I use a paper towel to absorb excess water. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966020 26966020 Pic 50 - Life Boat Decals 2 After I move the decal off of the backing I adjust it on the lifeboat with the tip of a blunted exacto blade, then blot the excess water . The pieces are then sprayed with dullcote to make sure the decals stay on. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26965994 26965994 Pic - 51 Life Boat Rigging This shows the Lifeboats in place. I used a piece of thin styrene rod painted Flat black for the ropes and cables rather than use the monofilament. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966022 26966022 Pic 52 - Lighting Test 4 Here is te final lighting test before I start the rigging. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29556112 29556112 Pic 53 - Straightening the Rigging lines To straighten all of the microfiber rigging lines, I borrowed my wifes hair straghtener and run the fiber through slowly. It really does work. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442227 29442227 Pic 54 - Painting the Railings These are the laser etched railings. I sprayed them Flat White while they're still in the parts frame. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=26966021 26966021 Pic 55 - Titanic almost completed Here's the model almost finished. I just need to add the railings and riggings. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442223 29442223 Pic 56 - Funnell Rigging 1 All of the rigging completed. Front angle. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442231 29442231 Pic 57 - Funnell Rigging 2 A little closer in. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442230 29442230 Pic 58 - Funnell Rigging 3 Here's a good shot of all of the funnel rigging. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442229 29442229 Pic 59 - Funnell Rigging 4 This is the aft part of the boat deck. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442228 29442228 Pic 60 - Poop Deck Details 1 The poop deck. You can see the laser etched railings. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442226 29442226 Pic 61- Poop Deck Details 2 A lower view. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442225 29442225 Pic 62 - Beauty Pass 1 Just showing off the rigging. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442233 29442233 Pic 61 - Beauty Pass 2 The ship is now heading away from us. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442234 29442234 Pic 64 - Beauty Pass 3 This is just before I added the props. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29442232 29442232 Pic 65 - Display Stand Assembly 1 I didn't like the way the ship sits on the display stand becaus I was afraid the ship would slide off and get damaged so I decided to drill 4 holes in the mounts for screws. The screws go directly into the hull. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869683 29869683 Pic 66- Display Stand Assembly 2 To secure the mounts to the display stand I added 2 toggle bolt screws through the mounts and cut them to length... https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869684 29869684 Pic 67 - Display Stand Assembly 3 I then fed the screws and the wires through one of the mouinting legs then added the toggles and twisted the ends of the screws until the toggles were snug but not too tight up against the base. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869685 29869685 Pic 68 - Display Stand Assembly 4 Here you can see how the toggle holds the entire model securely to the display base. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29869682 29869682 Pic 69 - Titanic Completed 1 All of the rigging is now finished. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614725 29614725 Pic 70 - Titanic Completed 2 Showing of the props Or SCREWS as they call them. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614726 29614726 Pic 71 - Titanic Completed 3 Similar angle but in direct sunlight. The hull color looks totaly different. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614724 29614724 Pic 72 - Titanic Completed 4 This shows the rigging for the wireless radio. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614727 29614727 Pic 73 - Titanic Completed 5 Pics turn out better when in the sun. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614728 29614728 Pic 74 - Titanic Completed 6 I just wanted to set her up against a Blue Sky. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614729 29614729 Pic 75 - Titanic Completed 7 The entire model. https://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=29614730 29614730