Graham's Titanic

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Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:02 pm

The time has finally arrived!

Issues 1 - 100. CHECK.

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Brass Etchings. CHECK

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Tools, paint & glue. CHECK.

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Eyes down for a full house then!!
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Mark » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:31 pm

K given for starting a diary : CHECK !

Mission control, we are cleared for launch !
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Eric » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:36 pm

Brilliant!

I look forward to seeing your build take shape.
You are waaaay more organised than me!!!!

Have another K from me. :clap:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby COENIE » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:42 pm

... and a K from me.

Good luck with the build Graham. :dance:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby maximus2012 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:29 am

COENIE wrote:... and a K from me.

Good luck with the build Graham. :dance:

Good luck with the build. :clap:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby denzel » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:05 pm

Eric wrote:Brilliant!

I look forward to seeing your build take shape.
You are waaaay more organised than me!!!!

Have another K from me. :clap:


And me....................mine is still in a box.................to start :dance: :dance:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:33 pm

Thanks guys. She's coming along nicely and slowly - patience comes with age :lol:
Will post picture updates shortly - she's side down on the build board straightening out!
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:29 pm

Keel all done now - just keeping it flat for a couple of days under some heavy books. Next task is to modify spant's 3 - 8 as per Mark's Titanic website.
Should be fun! :superlglue:

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Postby Eric » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:34 pm

Nice to see the keel started Graham!
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:29 pm

Didn't realise just how big she's going to be Eric - will have to rethink where I'll put her... :doh:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:21 pm

Well, have made some progress over the weekend - it all takes time :D

She's been currently flat on a baseboard weighted down to stop any warping.

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I started on extending the spants as per Mark's site. A couple of the frames were easy to get underway as there was enough excess wood from the original spants so it was a case of just gluing. I've started on the others, and it's this which is taking the time. I've been cutting out as close as I can with a coping saw and then using a dremel workstation to file down to the right size (which has taken quite a few attempts). Any tips??

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Anyway, also started on the anchor well; painted this before gluing so as I don't get any white paint on the lower deck.

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Made the jig and started to glue the bulkheads in place - started aft as I've still got spants 3-8 to finish resizing and wanted to make a start - began by using the ones that were assembled from the top.

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So, slowly but surely, coming on. Patience is a virtue :lol:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Eric » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:32 pm

Very nice work Graham! :clap:

The rib alterations are a bit of a slog, just keep going the way you are going.
I used a Power File to do final shaping of them, but rather than holding the power file and clamping the frame, I did it the other way around. I clamped the powerfile to a workmate facing up and held the frame against it gently. I found it worked amazingly well, but one slip and i'd have had a ruined frame....or ruined fingers!

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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby rusttorust » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:59 pm

Thats some moneys worth of brass in that pile, I'm starting with c deck for now and have just had a verbal beating for spending around £50 on brass etchings.
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:21 pm

One of the advantages of being single again Rust :D
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:30 pm

Managed to get a bit of work in today - all remaining spants sanded to size and then all glued on to the keel. Next task to sand the frames forward and aft for the planking before gluing the decks - hope to get this done tomorrow, so stay tuned! :D

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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Eric » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:57 pm

Good to see some progress Graham.

When you are sanding the frames, use a length of plank and hold it along the ribs, it will show you where you still need to sand down some more, try to get the frames so the plank sits flat on them.
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:42 pm

Thanks Eric - trying to do that and it does take a bit of time, hope I get them level enough - first time planker here :lol:
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Eric » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:30 am

The planking starts very easily with the big ply sheets then the long planks around the bilge keel.

Nothing difficult there!
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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Graham » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:15 pm

Can't believe it's been nearly a year now, but hoping to get some Titanic and ME time this weekend!!

Been studying Mark's site, and Eric's build, and have a quick question about painting the photo etched parts. Never worked with these before (only airfix, graupner and balsa kits in the past), so it's an interesting learning curve.

My thoughts of how they should be painted (looking at all the recommendations), but please jump in with comments/suggestions/slap on the wrists...

1. Rub down lightly with fine wet n' dry (presume dry - not wet)?
2. Then clean with a lint free cloth - white spirit ok or something else?
3. Spray lightly with a white primer. (All frets supported on matchsticks)
4. Once dried, spray with White Appliance Gloss.
5. Hand paint the C Deck lower wells in brown.

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Re: Graham's Titanic

Postby Eric » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:26 pm

That's basically it Graham, I would add to use white spirits to clean off residue before painting. I only sand the reverse side of the brass so the glue gets a good grip. I use Tamiya grey fine undercoat spray.
The white gloss I use is car spray paint. I hand painted the brown colour with Humbrol.

Another tip. Pre bend the brass into the correct shape and fill the small gaps at the bends before painting. I use thick SG, but you can use solder too.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
I'm hoping to restart mine soon too now things are quieting down with work. :pray:
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