Making a RC Titanic model out of matches is a big project that requires a lot of patience and finesse.
What you need:
- matches or wooden sticks
- Craft glue or wood glue
- Narrow wooden slats
- Thin square timbers
- pliers or scissors
- Paint brush
- clear coat
Building the RC Titanic as a model – instructions for the hull
- If you want to build the RC Titanic as a model from matchsticks, start with the ship’s hull. To do this, first remove the heads from the logs with a knife, pliers or scissors.
- Make top and side outline drawings from templates. Using these templates will later make it easier to model the right shape.
- Soak the matches in lukewarm water for about 30 minutes, this will soften them and allow them to be bent into the required shape.
- Bend the wood for the bow and stern, using your templates as a guide.
- Begin by gluing the woods together, piece by piece. Use a little glue and work in two to three rows at a time.
- When you have finished gluing a section, let it dry for a few hours before continuing. This prevents the still wet glue from being loosened or the wood from shifting.
- Assemble all the parts for the ship’s hull and allow sufficient drying time here as well.
- Paint the first part of your RC Titanic with clear coat, inside and out and in several coats. This not only gives the hull a beautiful shine, but also stability.
Tinker the deck of the ship – that’s how it works
- First, make a frame out of strips of wood that optimally distributes the weight of the deck. To do this, use a strip on which you attach further strips across. Connect this rib construction with square timber as legs and insert the frame into the fuselage.
- Glue matchstick to matchstick again. Work in staggered rows at a time until you have a flat sheet for the deck. Glue this plate to the frame.
- Now build up the floors by finally gluing the wood together at both ends. Glue the resulting blocks to the deck and cover the gaps with a layer of overlapping and staggered matches.
- For round parts of the RC Titanic, such as the masts, use kebab skewers or round chopsticks as a base.
- Paint the deck with clear varnish.
- After everything has had enough time to dry, paint your model ship white, yellow, red and black. In order to keep the colors attractive for a long time, you can finally apply another layer of clear lacquer.