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Minicraft Titanic..
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:07:28 AM »

For various reasons, I've had to have a change of plan with the Glasgow. But after a lot of hunting around I've found something I've been after for a long time...a Minicraft Titanic in 1/350th scale, which works out at 30" long. One piece plastic hull, should make converting it to r/c a lot easier.

A perfect size for me..well pleased with that. Came from a charity shop in Bristol...41.
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2015, 05:49:17 AM »

I had one of these to convert to RC after watching a few Youtube videos showing it can be done.

On careful examination, there's an awful lot of heavy plastic way above the waterline and not much below - and after looking at batteries & motors too, I felt it could be a little unstable. (perhaps I'm over cautious)

I consider that it's on the borderline of size (dimensions) vs mass vs complexety of build - it would be much easier if it were a little bigger - say 1/300.

Some people talk of thinning parts down with a grinder to lose some mass or fitting a keel.
I don't like fitting ballasted keels to my models so I passed the kit on via ebay.

Good luck with it - there are many, many parts to put together! Are you going for the photoetch detailng too?
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2015, 08:30:53 AM »

Hi Plastic...


You're right, the box does seem full of bits...might keep me occupied for a while.


I did build the Revell one years ago, but nowadays with mini/micro radio gear and motors, plus lipo batteries, it might be easier to keep the weight where it's needed. If I remember correctly, I ended up attaching a steel bar under the keel to keep it from falling over, so I'm hoping that this one, being a bit bigger, shouldn't need anything like that.

Not sure about the photoetch yet, I want this one to be a working model (maybe even a sinking one, with the radio built into a small cylinder) so I don't want it to be too fragile. I'll  have to have to do a lot of research into it before I make a start on it.
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2015, 09:03:30 AM »

hi Rich...

have a look here on SN............Donald Meek has rc'd his Lusitania which I think is a smaller kit than the Minicraft Titanic.............and he says his sails beautifully in calmish weather. no tenderness at all.......he is also always happy to talk about his models.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/690786/title/rms-lusitania-2/cat/521

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/690778/title/rms-lusitania-3/cat/521
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2015, 09:08:08 AM »

Ooh...thanks Neil, looks interesting. I shall go and investigate that further...thanks mate, much appreciated.
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 10:28:00 AM »

hi Rich...

have a look here on SN............Donald Meek has rc'd his Lusitania which I think is a smaller kit than the Minicraft Titanic.............and he says his sails beautifully in calmish weather. no tenderness at all.......he is also always happy to talk about his models.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/690786/title/rms-lusitania-2/cat/521

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/690778/title/rms-lusitania-3/cat/521

The Lusitania at 1/350 is almost exactly the same size as the Revell 1/400 Titanic.
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 10:29:59 AM »


Come on down ...........................

http://titanic-model.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=100

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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015, 10:54:02 AM »

Oh my gawd...I never quite realised just how much detail there is on this kit. I think the purchase of one of those head word magnifying glass things is called for... ;D


Ken, I take it you've built one of these kits? If so, is yours converted to r/c...and how on earth do you gain access to the internals?
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2015, 11:17:31 AM »

Hiya Rich,

 I have the kit completely un-started still in it's box in the loft. You will find it to be the most accurate version and quite praised and corrected by the club's members. There are several builds on the Titanic forum, but it could take you years to read them all.   %)     They can be motorised but you really do have to keep the top weight to a minimum.

It was bought to assist in my construction of a scratch build version over 5 foot long as it's quite an accurate version to copy.  My build blog is on here way back in time, and no, it doesn't float upright as I concentrated on getting the details as accurate as I could, so making it top heavy.

Regarding the kit you have, there are references to it on the titanic club I mentioned earlier and I put this up so that you could have a read through and see exactly what is involved.

Have an enjoyable time building her.

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2015, 11:19:13 AM »


I forgot to answer your question.

To access the insides is easy as you can make the whole cabin assembly lift off.

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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2015, 11:34:26 AM »

Right, ok...thanks you Ken, I forsee plenty of reading coming up.


And thanks for the links, and access information too...gratefully received.
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Re: Minicraft Titanic..
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2015, 01:29:43 PM »

The Lusitania at 1/350 is almost exactly the same size as the Revell 1/400 Titanic.

yes,plastic, but Rich's Titanic is the 1:350 scale minicraft kit (NOT  the 1:400 scale revelle kit)........same scale but 29mts (95.5') longer or approximately 3.5 inches longer in model terms, than the 1:350 scale Lusitania that Don Meek has built,

That is why I pointed out to Rich that as it had been done successfully in the Lusitania, it could be done with the Titanic a similar vessel, freeboard and top hamper wise, but longer.........

You have no objections do you?
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2015, 02:04:34 PM »

yes,plastic, but Rich's Titanic is the 1:350 scale minicraft kit (NOT  the 1:400 scale revelle kit)........same scale but 29mts (95.5') longer or approximately 3.5 inches longer in model terms, than the 1:350 scale Lusitania that Don Meek has built,

That is why I pointed out to Rich that as it had been done successfully in the Lusitania, it could be done with the Titanic a similar vessel, freeboard and top hamper wise, but longer.........

You have no objections do you?

Sorry - I don't understand what you're saying - it's obvious from the first post that this entire thread is about the 1/350 Titanic - I was merely saying that the Lusitania at the same 1/350 scale is the same physical size as the Revell 1/400 Titanic - so if that can be done, then a 1/350 Titanic should be easier - as demonstrated by the number of youtube vidoes of other people's 1/350 Titanics - Also, there is a company selling a 'ready to run' Titanic made from the same kit (more or less) but to avoid accusations of copyright theft, they claim their model is something like 1/325 scale.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Remote-Control-Titanic-Cruise-Line-Ship-1-325-Ltd-Ed-w-LED-LIghts-RC-Boat-/381038234738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item58b7a60c72

These 'toy-like' models are usually available for about 100
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