RMS Titanic 100th Anniversary Edition 1:400 Revell 85-0380 Kit Review

2013 March 7
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20130307*
RMS Titanic 100th Anniversary Edition 1:400 Revell 85-0380 Kit Review


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 At the beginning of the Twentieth century, steamships were the fastest means of travel across the mighty oceans.  The White Star Line, a British company wanting to be the leader in that endeavor designed three new ships for carrying passengers from England to America. These ships, the Olympic, the Titanic, and the Gigantic were to be the largest ships ever built at the time. These ships were then outfitted with the most eloquent furnishings available at the time. The interiors rivaled the most luxurious building, castles and homes in Europe.  In 1909 the keel was laid for the Titanic and the Olympic simultaneously and then on May 31, 1911 they were launched within 4 hours of each other.  For Royal Mail Ship Titanic (RMS) Titanic though, the luxuries were not to be enjoyed for long, for she started her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912 and on April 14, 1912 at approximately 11:35 pm she struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Two hours and forty minutes later she was gone, along with some 1500 passengers and crew who thought the RMS Titanic was truly “unsinkable”.

For the Modeler: This kit is a 100th anniversary edition of the RMS Titanic in 1:400 scale. It consists of 262 parts molded in white and black. Finished length is over 26 inches long. The instruction booklet is quite detailed, but lacks written text so diagrammatic interpretation is necessary. This kit goes together very well.  The length of some of the pieces tends to cause some assembly issues but they can be overcome by using superglue instead of model cement.  The instructions lead you in building sub-assemblies and then attaching them which makes for a better built model and also makes it so much easier to detail it.

Covered in this Review: Basic construction; color selections; build strategies; prop shaft symmetry; painting the hull; aligning the decks; installing guy wires; adhesive selections and applications; mold marks identified; tricks for installing the railing and stack guy wires; ladder modifications; rigging line tension; decal application and suggestions; are all fully examined in this extensive 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review. 


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