Posted by Stev187 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here's a photo of the "amlost done" Titanic. We need to add one more gold/yellow stripe along the side.
Thank gooness for Krylon paint pens. They work great!
Here's the current state of Titanic. As with the Edmund Fitzgerald, I made some changes in scale and measurement for "toy" purposes--making it easier to build and play with. The decks are larger than scale and so are the funnels. Still, I think it looks cool this way. The point is that it still looks like the Titanic.
The old Elvis Costello song "Shipbuilding" is going through my head...
I used my son Owen's pleading for a model of the Edmund Fitzgerald as an excuse to force myself to learn about my bandsaw. Well, I've created a monster. Now he wants to build a model of the Titanic.
I didn't want to buy a plastic model. There are number of reasons for this. The main reason is that he wants to play with it. He plays with the wooden Fitz all the time and a plastic model would have been destroyed. That's the main reason the production values are rather, well... folksy on this thing. It's designed as a plaything, not as a model. (The fact that I'm not very good at detail work and have zero modeling experience is the real reason).
Without knowing what I was doing, I built the Edmund Fitzgerald almost exactly at 1:350 scale. Actually, I just wanted it to be 25" long! Turns out, that's nearly dead on for 1/350. So, we'll build the Titanic to that scale, too. That will make the Titanic 30" long.
Also without knowing what I was doing, I built the Fitz as a "Waterline Model," which simply means that you don't build the part of the ship that's below water. Again, Owen's intended purpose for the model is the reason for this: it would be impossible (or impractical) to play with if it couldn't stand up and cruise around on the carpet.
The Titanic will begin life as a scrap piece of 2x6 left over from my utility bench project. The Edmund Fitzgerald began life as a 2x4 left over from the same project. We built the Fitz in one day; I am going to string the Titanic project over a much longer time.
I will probably make working on it some kind of reward for good behavior, too. Why not build in some kind of incentive?
I love being a Dad!
P.S. I have deliberatly NOT introduced Owen to the Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmud Fitzgerald" for a couple of reasons. First, it was a very overplayed song from my youth--it came out when I was 8 years old and was almost as much of an earworm as that other nautical pop tune "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." Second, knowing Owen, the song would be played over and over in a manner that put the repetition of 70s FM radio to shame.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @2:14:27 AM
Love the model. The pictures are great! :-)
Banjo Island Says:
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @6:14:26 AM
Sweet! I need to get one of them "kid" things so I can do cool stuff like this!
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @9:09:31 AM
Great. This gives me something new to look forward to with my GRANDkids.
It's still hard for me to imagine just how old I am!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @9:10:14 AM
Oh, NICE BOATS, Steve!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @9:18:08 AM
That is excellent Steve, a handmade toy in todays world is something he will remember as long as he lives.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @9:32:05 AM
You could always teach him the song on the banjo. That might stir up a musical interest if he doesn't have it yet.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @12:42:24 PM
Hey, aside from the current blog, which is cool, you gotta update the banjos you own on your profile. I suppose if I got myself a beautiful new banjo, I might forget about updating my profile cause I was too busy playing it too. (Did I type that out loud?)
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @1:03:57 PM
Oh, Steve built the ship Titanic to sail the carpet beige/ 'Cause little boys like toys like that no matter what their age/ With a swift imagination and a little old band saw/ the Titanic and Cap'n Owen will sail the seas once more!
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @2:19:15 PM
Thanks, Joan! How did you know the carpet was beige??? ;-)
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