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Titanic       ©2020 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       29th place, 4 points
1/20s, f3.5, ISO 400, 25mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: None entered       Extra Info: This was purchased many years ago by a friend. She bought it from the wood carver himself. She later mounted it on the wall in her cottage after her kids were too old to play with it anymore. A few years later, it fell off the wall during an earthquake and was badly damaged.

In 2014 I made the mistake of finding the remains in a cardboard box while I was doing some electrical work for her. I admired the craftsmanship - mistake #1. She told me that she had not been able to find anyone to fix it. I volunteered - mistake #2. It took me over a year of part time work and this is the result. The model is 1200cm (4ft) long.

I had to make many broken or missing parts from scratch. For example, the front hatch cover (you can see it on the left) was just a flat square of wood but it was broken. I made a new one with an angled roof and a series of small skylights - similar to ones I had seen on ships when I used to sail. The new hatch is lit from below. When I was repainting the boat, I could have improved the finish in some areas but I didn't want to spoil the effects made by the original carver. It's obviously made of wood not plastic, so I left in a lot of faults.

I installed a miniature light system inside the hull and fixed it so that the lights through the portholes and the hatches turn on and off randomly which gave the model a bit of life. The upper lights stay on continuously.

After all that time I was anxious to get rid of it and I took this quick photo in the basement just before I gave it back to my friend. There was a lot of junk behind it. Had I the foresight to put a screen behind it I would not have had to spend a lot of time cutting the model out of the background and replacing the junk with a cloudy blue sky. If it wasn't for our isolation during the present crisis, I don't think I would ever have worked so long on this shot. At least I now have a good memento of the project.


 
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Jade O.
Apr 28, 2020
    Another skill I never knew you had....you are clearly a Renaissance man...maybe even an original version... : )
A wondrous piece of work worthy of a maritime museum. You know this is going to show up at some art auction commanding silly prices in another couple of decades, don't you...

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babysister
Apr 26, 2020
    What a great memory to have and a sense of achievement.

cookiejar
Apr 26, 2020
    Congratulations what an achievement.

CalicoFrog
Apr 26, 2020
    Great shot, great story.
As someone who was born with 10 thumbs, people who can actually fix things have always been a mystery to me.

SteveBee
Apr 25, 2020
    Impressive restoration job!

Jade O.
Apr 25, 2020
    I marvel at the skill of fine model builders....you have every right to be proud of what you've done here. I wonder if you tried any shots from "water level" how realistic it might appear...

Lo
Apr 25, 2020
    Having seen the original, I can really appreciate the attention to detail in the renovation. The photo really does it justice.

ysal
Apr 25, 2020
    Amazing craftsmanship. I think a plain black background would have worked too. The ship itself is photographed really well.

aoc46
Apr 24, 2020
    Very impressive work, both by you and the original carver. The random cabin lights are a really clever idea!

forkcandles
Apr 23, 2020
    One of the joys of the mini challenge there is no theme so judging is on the “ What I like” or “What appeals to my sense of humour “
Every picture has a story some are disclosed and some not, this doesn’t matter as The Image has meaning to every entry

such a great model, we have family connections to the Titanic and so I have an affinity with this one. a super piece of work and the mistakes are worth it
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