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Build the Titanic!!

Posted by Stev187 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Update, 3/22:

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!

Update, 3/21:

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.

9 comments on “Build the Titanic!!”

PruchaLegend Says:
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!



frailin Says:
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!!

frailin Says:
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @9:10:14 AM

Oh, NICE BOATS, Steve!!

Badger Says:
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.

DandyRandy Says:
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.

clawfootcurt Says:
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?)

Joanchek Says:
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!



Stev187 Says:
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @2:19:15 PM

Thanks, Joan!  How did you know the carpet was beige??? ;-)

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