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The origins for the development of rc rms titanic models all started with: Iceberg…right ahead!” With those fateful words, one of the deadliest maritime disasters was foretold. The sinking of the RMS Titanic sent shockwaves through the entire world and rocked the cruise ship industry to its core. It would take several years, but the industry eventually survived and the Titanic would have a lasting legacy that continues to this day, with countless books, movies, a Broadway musical and even RC RMS Titanic model ships commemorating that terrible night.
Of course, she didn’t start out as a horrifying symbol of poor planning and reckless standards. She was born in a shipyard in Belfast, Ireland and was conceived as the crown jewel of the White Star Line. She was one of three Olympic class liners from White Star that by far dwarfed any of their competition. Along with her sister ships, the RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic, she was outfitted with every luxury, built to be bigger and grander rather than being built for speed.
She set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England bound for a triumphant entry into the port of New York and carrying a wide array of passengers, ranging from some of the wealthiest men and women in the world to hundreds of poor immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and Europe seeking a better life in the U.S. Although her launch was full of hope and promise, just four days into the trip, on the night of April 14, 1912 she would hit an iceberg just south of Newfoundland. The giant iceberg ripped a hole in her hull and the great Titanic, once thought unsinkable, was soon in mortal peril.
Unfortunately, following outdated safety standards, the ship lacked the proper amount of lifeboats to carry her 2,224 passengers and crew. When all was said and done over 1,500 men, women and children went down with the ship. The wreckage of the Titanic sat on the floor of the Atlantic for more than 100 years until it was finally discovered in 1985. Many artifacts have been recovered from the wreckage but the great ship herself remains in her watery grave to this day.
Not surprisingly, the story of the Titanic held the fascination of many and gave birth to many historical and fictional books on the subject and, in 1997 she became the subject of director James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic. Of course, model ship builders were drawn to the Titanic as well. Aside from being a terribly tragic figure in maritime history, the Titanic was one of the most opulent and beautiful ships ever to sail the sea, so she is a natural candidate for scale model rendering.
With expert skill and loving attention to detail, model builders have brought the Titanic back to life, recreating the ship down to the tiniest of details. Marvel at her four tall stacks, take in the detail of the aft-deck benches and even peer inside the precision-cut deckhouse windows to get a glimpse of her exquisite interior. It’s all so realistic and so artfully rendered that it will make you feel as if you are strolling her decks yourself.
This is an experience that any RC enthusiast or avid collector cannot afford to miss. And with many different models available, there is no reason to. If you want to add a truly unique piece to your collection or you’re simply intrigued by the romance and history of this classic ship, then wait no more and make the Titanic part of your fleet today!
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