Titanic 1/350 Triple Expansion Engine


Joe100

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Greetings everyone,

This is my 1/350 Titanic steam engine scratch build, which is coming along briskly, as you can see it’s just a little less than 2” long. I’ve always been fascinated with large marine reciprocating steam engines and it really doesn’t get much better than those used on the Olympic class in my opinion.

The crank is made from styrene and aluminum used for the webs. The baseplate is styrene and brass. Deep down in there one can see the crank bearings, valves, eccentric etc. The crank is set to TDC because it was just easier to get everything set that way.

The rest of the model is brass, styrene, aluminum, and steel.

I’m at about 30% with the piping so far, lots more gauges and valves to come as well.

Being as small as it is, compromises were made here and there. It’s about the size of 3 postage stamps, so it won’t be exact, but I think I’ve captured the essence.

Much more to come, I’ll post updates as it moves along.

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Rancor

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Superb workmanship, well done!

I know of at least one person who'd pay money for another one if you were willing to construct a few more to sell.
 

Joe100

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Thanks!

As for making more to sell, I’m 100% confident that with the many, many hours I have in this, the price just wouldn’t be low enough to make sense. Thanks though, it’s nice to see someone interested!

Here are some other models I’ve done of Edwardian era ships:

1/700 USS Helena PG9, 1900

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HMS Montagu as she appeared in the Mediterranean fleet, 1906. She was destroyed in one of the goofiest accidents in RN history. No injury worse than a couple broken arms and legs though. Fascinating story of classmanship trumping common sense which lead to a nearly new Battleship being destroyed very publicly.

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HMS Orion, 1/700, the first Super Dreadnought as she appeared in 1914

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This is my 100% Scratch Built S/Y Endurance of Shackleton fame, depicted here with her sails set, trying to force a lead, trapped in the ice

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Here is another scratch build of S/Y Endurance inside a pocket watch case. This one is 1/1250 Scale

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Joe100

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After about 3 weeks of work, my 1/350 Titanic Triple-Expansion reciprocating steam engine is finished.


I have no idea how many hours I have in this little creation and I don’t want to think about it. Probably too many.


The whole model is entirely scratch built from styrene, aluminum (both tube and milled), brass (stock, tube, photo etched, wire), and stainless steel.

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Stephen Carey

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That's really rather nicely done! I suppose you have seen the Pohlmann model on Titanic's Portside Engine - Part 1 ? I have seen some fantastic model steam engines at model fairs over the years, and have never met one of the modellers who had any formal engineering training whatsoever - they were postal clerks, roadsweepers, bank cashiers etc (not denigrating any of those professions, just showing how there's not one iota of engineering in them). I would be interested if you are the same, joe100? Any relation to Joe 90?
 

Joe100

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Thank you, glad you like!

I’m Joe100, the one and only since the early days of the internets. It was my handle on a long-dead ship model and history site. Back in the days of when screen names couldn’t be 3 characters.

I’m an air traffic controller with my education being in aeronautical science so I know a thing or two about aircraft power plants. It doesn’t really translate to early 20th century steam prime movers though!
 

Harland Duzen

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You done an Amazing job both on Titanic's engine and the other ships, I never see the reciprocating engine done so well. Their all fantastic!

Also thanks for the funny story about HMS Montagu. That was not a good day for them...
 

Grim Raven

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Greetings everyone,

This is my 1/350 Titanic steam engine scratch build, which is coming along briskly, as you can see it’s just a little less than 2” long. I’ve always been fascinated with large marine reciprocating steam engines and it really doesn’t get much better than those used on the Olympic class in my opinion.

The crank is made from styrene and aluminum used for the webs. The baseplate is styrene and brass. Deep down in there one can see the crank bearings, valves, eccentric etc. The crank is set to TDC because it was just easier to get everything set that way.

The rest of the model is brass, styrene, aluminum, and steel.

I’m at about 30% with the piping so far, lots more gauges and valves to come as well.

Being as small as it is, compromises were made here and there. It’s about the size of 3 postage stamps, so it won’t be exact, but I think I’ve captured the essence.

Much more to come, I’ll post updates as it moves along.

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Greetings my man, may I ask where you got the plans for your engines please? ... I'm constructing the minicraft kit and want to do a detachable lower hull showing the engines, but I can only use plastic sheet, card and wire...
I am trying my best to do a decent job of this kit by sanding the hull and scratch building alot of the bulk heads and deck houses...
Thanks in advance for you help!
 

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