On April 10, 1912, more than 2,200 passengers and crew set sail aboard the RMS Titanic from Southampton, England for New York City, USA. As most know, this beautiful ship did not make it to her destination. After striking an iceberg just before midnight on April 14, she slowly sank into the ocean and broke up, killing over 1,500 people.
The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time she entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. Facing increasing competition from rival Cunard, White Star Lines chose to compete on size and luxury rather than speed. Shipbuilders Harland and Wolff of Belfast, Ireland began construction of the Titanic on December 16, 1908 and she was completed on March 31, 1912. Her sea trials only lasted 12 hours.
Trade publications of the time described Titanic as ‘practically unsinkable’ – contrary to popular belief, she was never actually marketed as ‘unsinkable’. However, a combination of ignoring ice warnings from other ships, a lack of lifeboat capacity, the use of cheaper steel and rivets, compartments that were not truly watertight, and pressure from the owners to speed through to New York resulted in a disaster the world had never seen up to that point. The sinking of Titanic was a unfathomable tragedy, but the ship and her story will live forever.
I am looking forward to having a large-scale model of the Titanic in my collection. I have always been fascinated by the history of the ship, as well as the construction and the immaculate class that was built into her.
“Designed according to the original construction plans at 1:200 scale, this is an unprecedented model constructed with a die-cast metal hull, wooden deck, and with tiny details from the deck fittings to the hull coverings and mechanical parts at a level of perfection and realism that capture the euphoria and optimism of that moment when the liner set out.”
- Scale: 1:200
- Materials: Fully painted die-cast Metal Hull, Wood Deck with Brass accessories, photo-etched metal details, and ABS plastic
- Length: 52.75″ (134cm)
- Width: 6″ (15.5cm)
- Height: 8.75″ (22.5cm)
- Number of parts: approximately 1,800
- Metal Hull
- Wooden deck
- Many intricate details
- Smoke effects from funnel
- Working internal and external lights
- Electronic rotating propellers
- Removable sections that expose a replica of functioning engine
- Remote Control unit based on the original design of the engine room telegraph on the Titanic