New Titanic from Sir Currell - Beta Report

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by milenio3, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Dear friends.

    I'm proud to announce that Mr. Ralph Currell is about to release his version of the RMS Titanic.

    Sir Ralph is planning to release the "production" version by the Titanic's sinking anniversary in April,
    but he gave me green light to show to you how it is as today.

    This is the beta building report for such a great model.

    This are the parts, two pages. At left are the formers laminated on 1mm stock.

  2. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    This is the base structure of the famous ship. Each former is cut an ready to be placed.

  3. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

  4. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    This is really great news! A Ralph Currell Titanic! How exciting!

    I'll be looking for every post on this thread, for sure!

    Go Gerardo, Go!

  5. cjwalas

    cjwalas Member

    Wow! This is great news! I can actually get my daughter involved in this one! Ralph Currell gets my vote for best performance in a paper model designer!
  6. NYC Irish

    NYC Irish Member

    What scale are we talking about...I cannot see the attahced picture at the moment

    John John
  7. On another forum, Ralph mentioned that the model is in 1:1200 scale, just under 9 inches long. I suggested future models of the Olympic and Britannic, so hopefully we'll see the first complete set of the White Star sisters.

    Thanks for the pictures of the beta build. I've been patiently waiting for more news on Ralph's latest masterpiece.
  8. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Thank you everyone for your comments.

    You are right, David, it's 1:1200, and the details are very clear (you'll see), so be not afraid of loosing any details.

    Continue today with the complete structure, formers in place.

  9. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Please note that there are additional structure on bow and stern, called well deck stiffeners. This picture is from the stern.

  10. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    And here the bow itself. Nice, ain't it?


    Please note the base of the structure in the photo. Ralph suggests in the preliminary instructions to glue the structure on an optional (and temporary if you want) base, to "keep the frame from wrapping". I used a piece of 2mm stock. I'm seeing that this can be a permanent base for me, that I will prepare to appear like a piece of ocean.
  11. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Is this a waterline only model?
  12. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Looks that way, John...I only saw side platings up to the waterline in the first photo. Very nice looking model, and in a micro scale! Yep, I'm excited about this...even more so if what David suggested is going to come to pass, a whole fleet of the White Star Transatlantic liners. Heck, I'm just tickled pink Lord Currell has shifted his attention to a waterborne subject.:grin:

    Can't wait to see more of this build...thanks for sharing photos with us, Gerardo!:)

  13. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Thanks, Jim. That's right, waterline model for this one.

    Hey, the whole Star Liners? WOW! That would be a great collection. Ralph hasn't mention anything, but taking on account his Airships and Concorde's... don't be surprised if not only the Titanic is released, but more of them.

    My wife is particularly expectant for this model, since she loves the Titanic and all that comes from it. Being at the Titanic Exhibition back in December when the Titanic Society brought the exhibition to El Paso, TX; man, the whole family was Titanic-fevered (if such a word exists).
  14. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    To prepare the hull surfaces, there are some pieces to glue together. This little pieces are key to form the hull and to put it on the structure. At first, I found it a little difficult, but it works like magic! A little bending in these pieces are necessary.

    The photo depicts the starboard hull surface just as the instructions present this (inked side facing down).

  15. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Same process for the port side. Then, both pieces of the hull are joined at the rudder. It doesn't say in the instructions, bu I opened little holes where the hinges of the rudder are.

    So far, so good.

  16. jparenti

    jparenti Member

    This looks like one to watch for! I was a Titanic buff long before James Cameron added his interpretation. :) I may even have to take a couple days off on my 1/48 scale Saturn V.
    The Olympic and Britannic wouldn't be difficult, since all three liners were virtually identical. A minor repaint would probably be all it takes.
  17. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    Then comes the fun part... put the hull along the structure frame. The ship takes a very good looking shape.

    Here is where I realized that the "optional temporary" base was going to be a permanent one. I had to glue the hull not only on the formers, but also to the waterline, because it kept on deforming. I soon figured out that my method of placing the hulls in the structure was not correct, even when I follow the instructions. It's here that you put your abilities at work. Again, it's a very easy task, but if you are not careful, it won't look much pretty.

    So I had to modify two or three times the correct position of the hull, and I choose to glue the whole thing.

    Again, it's not a design error, but my mistake and careless (due to my excitement) manipulation.

  18. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

    LEt me tell you, JParenti, that I have to take also some days off to go for the Apollo CM that Carl at al are designing! My hands are in fire! I also am building Alfonso's (AXM) Shuttles - 3 of them!

    I need 6 hands at least!
  19. Hans Christian

    Hans Christian Active Member

    He's done it again!!! Just an absolute jawdropper!!!

    BTW, is this a waterline model? or a full hull model?
  20. Darwin

    Darwin Member

    An interesting approach to a base platform for the framework....almost a hybrid of traditional egg-crate and JSC frameing methods. Impatiently waiting for this release.

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