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Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« on: Sat Aug, 24, 2013, 12:30:PM »
Hello everyone,

I've been looking at this kit in my closet for over a year now and finally decided to open the box and get started.  I've loved the story of the Titanic since i was a child and for the ship itself, I would say I have become quite enamored with it.  Over the years I've learned as much about the ship as I can, so I think I'm finally ready to start this model and be able finish it with the respect the ship deserves.  That being said, I plan on fully lighting the ship, and fixing any of the inaccuracies of the model (of which there are a few) to the best of my abilities.

So here she is out of the box! Bon Voayge and wish me luck!

Box Sleeve



Production Number



Box Art featuring an all new painting by Ken Marschall



Side of the box



That's a lot of parts!



She takes up my whole desk!



The bow



And stern



The decks and the base of the superstructure



Funnels, lifeboats, windows, and railings



Gold plated parts for the stand and propellers, the clear dome windows for the grand staircases, the raised roof over the 1st class smoking room, and declas.



Now for the whole reason I really wanted this kit to begin with.

Painted Photoetch rails, steps, lifeboat davits, grand staircase dome covers, compass tower, poop deck docking platform, ladders, deck doors, cargo cranes, and other various bits and bobs.  Also real planked decking!



and... potoetch deck benches, rigging ladders, vent covers, the base plaets for funnels #1, 2, and 3, and a few 1/400th people for scale.  Also, more decking!



Finally anchor chain and gold leaf decals.



I'm really excited to get started on this kit.  If anyone knows a affordable reputable source of warm white led tape and smd led's that ships to the U.S. please feel free to mention them in the comments as it wouyld be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for looking! I hope to have an update soon.


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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #1 on: Sat Aug, 31, 2013, 05:09:PM »
I didn't get as much done as I would have liked in the first week.  There is a lot more to do on this kit than I first realized.  First off was drilling out the portholes. With 1,346 portholes on the actual ship, it took about 5 hours to drill them all out by hand. and that doesn't include the ones I have to add to the stern later.  Only having about an hour each day to work on her, I've spent most of my week doing this.  The next task is to get a plan for what needs to be added/removed.  Due to the photo etch and wood decking, many of the molded in detail on the decks needs to be removed before many of the additions can be added.  After going through the instructions I went over with a black marker and colored in all the deck detail that needs to be removed.  This included benches, railings, vents, stairs, and other fiddly bits that are in the way.

First off is the hull.  I like the fact that there are braces to hold her shape and give the superstructure something to sit on once it is to be attached.  It does, however, block some of the drilled out portholes.  I suppose those people will be somewhere else on the ship and not in their rooms then.



A closer view



She holds together pretty well just dry fit together.  I've read that there a a lot of gaping issues between the hull and the superstructure, but I haven't seen that here.



Now onto the decks.  here's where things get somewhat disappointing.  Underneath the forecastle and the poop deck there were accesses to the cargo holds and other crew areas.  The detail is completely missing from this kit and it will have to be added.  I have marked out where the walls will need to be cut out and the additional rooms will have to be scratch built.  Luckily there is enough scrap decking around the pre-cut decks to extend into these areas.



Any of the other areas marked in black will later be removed with either a chisel or a dremel. 



Although every kit I've ever owned of this ship (3 to be exact) have had the stairwells next to the bridge covered, the ship did not have them covered during her voyage.  Supposedly there were canvas covers for inclement weather for these stairwells, but why every company feels the need to put that in I don't know.



The next issue is the wheelhouse front.  Although the wheelhouse on the Olympic (Titanic's sister ship) was curved,  on the Titanic they made it flat, giving a greater field of view to the crew inside.  The change in the floor should not be hard to fix.  I plan to scrape up the rounded end and then fill excess gap on the floor with some scrap wood decking.



As for the wheelhouse front itself,  I am wondering if I can heat the part and get it to flatten out instead of trying to scratch it.  I would appreciate any input or thoughts on this idea as I have never tried this technique.  Here is the part.



One of my biggest complaints, by a mile, is the placement of the first class forward grand staircase.  While molded in B deck and C deck, they didn't mold it into A deck, which would be directly underneath the glass dome.  The plan is to cut out the staircase from C deck and transplant it into A deck.  Since the staircases are the only interior parts I plan to do any detailing to, I would like to have something to show... even if you'll never see it finished.

A Deck, marked where the stairs should be.



B deck and C deck



Showing A deck, with the 1st & 2nd funnel and staircase housing in place over it.  This makes no sense



Here are a few pictures of more of the benches and other details that need to be removed from the decks marked in black.

B deck



C deck



Fore well deck wall vent



Other upper deck detail and funnel housings



and the walls underneath the number 4 funnel.



Finally, all of the rails on this kit have been replaced with photo etch.  This isn't an issue as almost all of the railings on the kit are separate pieces, except on the parts for the forecastle and poop deck where they are molded on.  The most viewed parts of the ship need to have the railings carved off, so I will need to summon all of my steady-handedness before I attempt it.



That's all I have time for this week.  Thank you everyone for looking!

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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #2 on: Sat Aug, 31, 2013, 07:31:PM »
Just a quick pic.  I removed the necessary detail from the poop deck and dry fitted the timber decking.  What a huge improvement over the molded in deck!


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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #3 on: Sat Aug, 31, 2013, 11:04:PM »
A very ambitious project, better you than me ! Looking good so far, the wooden deck looks the biz.
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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #4 on: Sat Aug, 31, 2013, 11:53:PM »
Take your time on this one, she deserves it.
That said,it looks like you're off to an excellent start with planning your mods and making them
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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #5 on: Mon Sep, 02, 2013, 01:07:PM »
A very ambitious project, better you than me ! Looking good so far, the wooden deck looks the biz.

Thanks Rookie.  The woods decks are great, and I can't wait to see it all on.  They have a much better sense of scale than the molded detail, but they have no finishing on them so I'm going to need a thin varnish to protect them.

Take your time on this one, she deserves it.
That said,it looks like you're off to an excellent start with planning your mods and making them

Thanks Q.  My ETA to completion is about one year.  Since I plan to light her, there it a lot wiring and fiber optics needed for the superstructure.  I am not the most experienced with these things so I plan on really taking my time with it.  Also the photo etch.  The more I look at the directions to more daunting it becomes,  so many tiny parts that require multiple precise bends.

This will be my final post for this weekend since now I really need to start my stat's research paper that I've been putting off the whole weekend by building this.  I cut out the entrances to the cargo annexes under the forecastle and poop deck and I have the walls put in place.  I still needs to cut the floors, but I am going to wait to attach them anyway since it will be easier to mount the wood decking and paint the walls of the annexes without them attached.  Here are some pictures of my progress

The cut-outs for the poop deck



and for the fore deck



The general shapes are based off of the original plans.  The circles inside are the motor mechanism for the cranes above but you can see that the modeled bases (the sunken areas of the roof) are nowhere close so I'm just going to make them ventilators attached to the floor so they aren't empty.



Under the fore deck was the entrance to the forward cargo hold.



Aft starboard interior walls



Aft port interior walls



Fore interior walls



The annexes with floors









My plan it to have them filled, sanded, and at least primed by next weekend.  The walls of the well decks are white on top and a rusty brown on bottom, and I plan to extend that into these areas.  It was a hard choice to either paint them first or glue them first.  I decided to glue them first so the delineation between colors would be even all around the well decks and the annexes.

Thanks for looking!

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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #6 on: Mon Sep, 02, 2013, 03:46:PM »
Excellent work there
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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #7 on: Mon Sep, 02, 2013, 04:36:PM »
I agree! nice depth improvements!


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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #8 on: Mon Mar, 28, 2016, 05:53:PM »
It saddens me that there are no updates. How did the build turn out?

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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #9 on: Sat Apr, 29, 2017, 08:57:AM »
Sorry for the long silence.  :'(

This kit hasn't been touched since that last update. Since then I moved, went back to school, changed jobs, finished school, changed jobs again, and then moved again. For much of that time this kit was in a storage unit in its current condition. Since the last move it is out of storage and in my new home.

I've been wanting to get back into this kit as it will be beautiful completed and the 105th anniversary of the sinking this month really got me back into the subject.

I am currently finishing up the academy 1/700 scale version to get me back into the swing of things before I pull this one out and start work again. Hope to have an update on it soon.

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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #10 on: Sun Jul, 09, 2017, 01:42:PM »
Definitely interested in seeing updates!  Also interested in the 1/700 you're working on as well as I'm currently building one too.
My shelf of doom is full at the moment....lol
Current build: 1/700 Academy Titanic

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Re: Academy 1/400 Titanic - Centenary Anniversary Edition
« Reply #11 on: Sun Jul, 16, 2017, 10:51:AM »
Also interested in the 1/700 you're working on as well as I'm currently building one too.

Which brand are you working on? I'm finishing up the Academy one right now (pictures soon) and have been very disappointed with the accuracy overall, so I ended up also getting the revell 1/700 and, while not perfect, I think it is a much better representation of the ship.

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