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Royal Mail Steamer TITANIC
A ship, a story, a myth, a model
The sea, the ships, the travel, the distant lands, the adventures have always exerted a great charm. But no ship, no episode happening on the sea, has ever affected the collective imagination like the Titanic
Go to see the Titanic's photos ever published.
They are spectacular photomontage made with the model described on this site.

If you want to get in the ship's engine room visit the page
Le macchine del Titanic

Or watch the video
Le macchine del Titanic
visita guidata alla sala macchine

Home page
Articles on newspapers and magazines

Participation in the film and TV of the Model

Go to the interior furnishing of the model

Visit the model bridges
TITANIC - The Artifact Exhibition - Torino 2017 :   
This model has participated in several television broadcasts. Only the scenes in which the model is present are reproduced here.
These videos are reserved for visitors to this site and can not be downloaded or played in any way.

April 14, 1992 Network 4 - “Incontri sull’Arca” Titanic Special With Mino D’Amato
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May 11, 1998   Network 4
“La Macchina del Tempo”
TITANIC, mystery night
With Alessandro C. Paone

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March 31, 2012   RAI 3 “Ulisse, il piacere della scoperta” The Titanic’s Long Night With A. Angela
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April 12, 2012   RAI 1
“Porta a Porta”
From Titanic to Concordia
With Bruno Vespa

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Grandi Magazzini
MANOR - Lugano
Album Fotografico
della mostra nel 2012
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30° del ritrovamento
del relitto
di Valentina Bigai
Rete55 - Ott. 2015
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L'anima del Titanic
Un breve video che ti porta a cercare l'anima della nave attraverso i suoi ponti arredati.  
Clicca sulla foto e  ...benvenuto a bordo.
Pubblicato il 7 Agosto 2008 - Durata  5'  0"
Titanic storia e modello
La tragedia del Titanic attraverso le immagini di un suo modello completo di arredamento.
Clicca sulla foto e rivivi quella tragedia
Pubblicato il 21 Giugno 2010  -  Durata 5' 33"
The ship
We are in 1908. The White Star Line decides to build two ships, followed by a third: the Olympic class.
These ships must offer luxury, speed and safety to compete with the competitor Cunard Mauretania and Lusitania.
The construction is entrusted to the Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast.
In March 1909 the Titanic was set up.
The name is important and seems to fit perfectly with the massive transatlantic that is emerging. Nobody thinks about the novel of the American writer Morgan Robertson's published fourteen years earlier. It is told of a ship, the Titan, whose technical characteristics (size, power, speed, number of passengers, number of propellers, even number of life boats) are incredibly similar to those of the Titanic. Well, in the novel the Titan hits an iceberg in a cool month of April. It sinks fast, the life boats are not enough to accommodate all the passengers, and the number of victims is very high.

   Main technical features

   Length outside                        882 '9 "
   Length between perpendiculars 850 '0 "
   Maximum width                        92 '6 "
   Displacement                   52,200 tons.
   Gross tonnage                 46,300 tons.
   Alternative power output   30,000 HP
   Turbine power B.P.          16,000 HP

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic left Southampton Harbor.
On board there are 2200 people including the "crème" of the society of the time.
From the luxury of the upper bridges, to the elegant second class, through the most modest third class destined for emigrants, down to the boiler rooms where sweaty stokers fired coal and discharge ash, the Titanic can well depict the stratification of the society of the time.
The ship imperses the pride of an era, the excessive confidence in the possibilities of tecnology, the presumption of infallibility: it is in fact believed by many "unsinkable".
Titanic heads to New York.
The speed is 20.5 knots. On board entertain parties, hopes, illusions. The sea is calm. The temperature is very low. They are 23.40 on April 14, 1912.
Suddenly the tragedy bursts. The two lookouts see a iceberg just 400 meters away.
The alarm, the desperate approach to the left and the attempt to slow the race by bringing the machine telegraphs "All the strength back". Everything useless.
The ship has just started evolving to the left when, with the hull, it strikes against the iceberg. During the crash, among the damaged plates, there are numerous waterways that are affecting five pond compartments. Too much for the ship to stay afloat.
The order to leave the ship is imparted after only half an hour from the collision.
Passengers, at first unbelieving, begin to go down badly on the life boats that move away, at least in the beginning, only partially charged.
The ship plunges the bow more and more until the entire aft part is lifted from the water.
At 2.18 of April 15, with a strong boom, it breaks between the second and the third chimney.
The bow throw to the bottom and the stern, after a partial rotation, follows it.
On board there are still over 1500 people.
Seventy years later, in September 1985, a Franco-US scientific expedition found the wreck.
The Titanic, broken in two trunks, lies at 4000 meters in depth at a point located at 49 ° 56 'west longitude and 41 ° 43' in Latidune North.

The model
I decided to build the Titanic model in 1986.
At that time I had completed the model of the Gulf of Palermo, a modified cargo ship, which had followed the construction of the Gulf of Trieste (these two models are described elsewhere in this site).
In both of these models I had built the interior and her furnished them. I liked it and it became almost imperative to measure me with the construction of a passenger ship whose interior is, of course, much more interesting and complex.
At that time, the news and pictures depicting Robert Ballard's attempt to locate the Titanic's wreck were published

A little for the charm that the ship has always exercised, a little for the solicitude, almost provocation, of some friends, I have overcome the initial perplexities linked to the size of the model, the space needed for the "yard", the manipulation and transport.
So here's the decision to try this enterprise.
Of course, I have immediately decided for a static model.
At the time I had no experience of floating models.
And then, wanting to build interior spaces, I had to find solutions that were totally unique, which were hardly compatible with the features of a dynamic model.

I managed to obtain four drawings and some twenty photos from the Harland & Wolff builder in Belfast.
I then found other photos on books and, for some details, helped me also the old Titanic black and white film.
I could not find the construction plan, but interpolating between some sections found on the books and I managed to reproduce the model it in an acceptable way.
The construction is made of wood, with the classical technique of the frame and the plating.
In the star or curved parts I used 2 mm plywood strips and varying widths depending on the case.
In the flat parts I used 2 mm thick birch plywood.
The plating effect was obtained by overlaying birch plywood strips (to simulate the external plating courses).
I have made the bridges separately so that you can build the interior spaces.

Helping me with some books I found the most diffused styles on board and the accommodations of the various rooms.
For the colors I was helped by an expert restorer of antique furniture (the material I had was black and white and J. Cameron's film was not yet released).
These bridges had to be perfectly aligned between them so that the expected final closure could take place without any problems.
The closure of the bridges has been criticized by many but I could not leave the separate structures to avoid deformation and breakage as well as the impossibility of ending the model.
I covered the decks with little strips made of birch plywood of 0.6 mm thick by gluing them to simulate the planks.
Between the strips I left a small space that I filled with rather liquid putty, which, when dried, I blackened with black ink.

I then painted it all with trasparent paint.
To build the railings, I welded brass wire. To keep them in place during the welding I used wooden small planks with brass nails to which I welded the ends of each wire.
I also helped with a small "comb" of wood whose holes kept the threads during welding.
To make the portholes I used brass tubes of various diameters at the end of which I welded a brass wire then leveled.
The inner "glass" is made of 1 mm acetate obtained by rotating a piece of sharp tube rotated by a drill.

Model Dimensions:  Scale 1: 100  -  Length f.t. 269 cm  -  Length between pp 259 cm  -  Width 28.2 cm

The four top bridges of this model, namely the boats bridge, bridge "A", bridge "B" and bridge "C" are fully furnished. Go visit them!