'Build The Titanic' UK magazine

Mike Bull

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UK ET members may not know that a new 'magazine' has been launched this week called 'Build The Titanic'. It's one of those weekly things that costs £1.99 for the first part, and £3.99 for every part thereafter. You get a thin Titanic magazine, a thinner shipping mag, and pre-cut wooden parts that will eventually all build together into a BIG model of the ship-1.250 scale, 3 feet 6 inches long! Of course this is all very tempting, though I find it a bit suspect that all the 'finished model' photos are of the smaller 1.350 plastic kit version...anyone else have an opinionon this?
 

Mike Bull

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...oh, and I've just found out that it is 'complete in 100 parts'...making it nearly £400, more again in dollars...what would YOU do?!
 

Mike Bull

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Yes, MUCH cheaper! I've also been noticing that on all the advertising for this thing, the 'completed model' pictures are in fact of a Minicraft, and NOT the wooden thing-VERY naughty I feel!
 

Kyrila Scully

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Sounds like someone is ambitious to make a fortune! Perhaps a letter campaign to the publishers is in order, or letters to the editor where this magazine is available to warn potential buyers.

Kyrila
 

Mike Bull

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Apparently this model has already run in many countries, though has been 'improved' for the UK-I have notified the British Titanic Society anyway, as well as the UK consumer affairs TV show 'Watchdog'. It's just not right that they show the plastic model instead of the wooden one, and that they all but hide how many parts the thing is actually in!
 

Mike Bull

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As a follow-up I'm hearing that it's already been running in other parts of the UK, and people are WAY behind with their copies-one nice lady I've heard from is only on Issue 10 after a year...remember that this thing is supposed to be weekly! Nobody can contact anyone about this, either...it amazes me how such a blatant rip-off can stil sit quite happily in high-street stores.
 
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David Robert Hemmings

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I have a completed model of the Minicraft Titanic on a shelf at home and apart from the base and the railings around the bridge (which incidentely shouldn't be there) there is no difference in the model and the photos in issue one. Even the anchors and propellers are finished in the same gold colour!!
And my model only cost me £40.00 not £400.00.
Dave.
 

Mike Bull

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EXACTLY, Dave! This company are using images of someone elses' model to illustrate their product, complete with all it's own errors on show! This has GOT to be stopped!
 

Mike Bull

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As an update, I believe the BBC TV consumer affairs show 'Watchdog' is currently investigating this publication.
 
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Mike, Yes indeed! Watchdog researchers have been on to the British Titanic Society recently asking for our co-operation in a programme which features this publication - well, we all said it would end in tears didn't we??

Geoff
 

Mike Bull

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It would appear that this dreaded magazine model was actually featured on TV on Tuesday 19th, and I missed it! I have read the small report on the Watchdog website though. They made it into one of those 'You pays your money and takes your choice' type things, which is fair enough I guess...it all seemed to focus on the number of issues needed to complete the model, and online at least did not mention the fact that actually annoyed me personally the most-the fact that there is no photo of the WOODEN model finished-but lots and lots of shots of the dear old Revell/Minicraft kit finished instead! Tut tut...
 

Dave Gittins

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I saw the same publication advertised on Channel 10 in Australia tonight.

Caveat Emptor! (And beware of pirates too!)
 

Dave Gittins

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Further research shows that the first edition costs $5-95 AUS. The rest cost $10-95. There is no hint on the packaging of the total number of magazines. I think that the packaging has been changed for Australia and now shows the actual wooden model. The outfit behind this is French and their web site is at http://www.hachette-collections.com

From my limited French, I gather that this is how the firm always does business. They issue a cheap opening magazine and the rest cost much more. They don't publicise the total number. The models appear to be quite decent but the price is ridiculous.
 
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This magazine was on sale in the South West of England almost a year ago as a trial and appeared to be proving a success.It promised issues at the rate of one per week - however, twelve months later they are still only up to isue 10 and have notified readers that in future they will only issue one magazine per month. Issue 4 never appeared at all!
It works out that it will take 8 and one half years to complete the model - provided each issue is actually published!
Seems this is one publication to drop from your wants list!

Geoff
 

Dave Gittins

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As I understand the French site, they offer back issues. According to the site they are up to number 58 in France.

Phillipe, are you out there?
 
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Riki Jewell

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Hi,

I am collecting this one, as I am an avid Titanic fan in Australia, and I knew before purchasing the first one that it was in 100 parts, I think the TV ad had it in small print or something.

Regards,
Riki J
 
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I bought issue 1 but sent back issues 2 and 3 to the distributing company when I found out the total cost with a letter explaining why I wasn't willing to part with £400 for a model that may be left incomplete due to it's very dubious delivery system. Thankfully, I've received no more parts.
 

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Here in Belgium it just started. I bought the 1st and 2end edition, but I'm still thinking about buying the rest. As for it is allot of money, and you are and sure if you can finish it.

Now I read that there is another model (Minicraft Titanic?) And I was wondering, is the titanic also 1 meter in this edition or smaller? and do you think I should buy the Minicraft Titanic instead of the 'Build The Titanic?'