In what can only be described as a titanic effort, boat-model enthusiast Jason King, from England, has spent two and a half years building an exact 1:100 scale replica of the Titanic. The 40-year-old used all kinds of scrap materials, from old clockworks to broken VCRs and managed to finish his masterpiece on April 15, exactly 100 years after the real Titanic sunk.
Titanic buffs have built replicas of the famous boat before, but Jason King wanted his to be perfect, right down to the number of benches on its deck. To pull off his perfect 1:100 replica, the man actually bought 150 books on the Titanic and consulted every photo of the vessel he could find. Jason knew most people would never notice the tiny details, but he wanted to make sure no one could ever “pick holes in it”. So he painstakingly recreated every single part of the original Titanic to scale, right in hid home study. Although he admits he had some model experience behind him, the Titanic project still took him two and a half years to complete. But that actually kept him out of his wife’s way, so that made her happy.
What’s even more impressive about this -9-foot-long Titanic replica is that it’s actually made of scrap. For the hull of the boat Jason used scrap wood, and in replicating some of the tiny details, he made use of anything he could get his hands on, including clockworks, and VCR parts. The resourceful father-of-two ended up spending just £2,500 ($4,000) which is not really that much, considering the level of detail of his little Titanic. Jason King worked on his impressive model every day, and reckons that he put in about 25 hours a week tinkering with it, for the last two and a half years. He managed to finish it right on April 15, 100 years since the real Titanic sunk after colliding with an iceberg.
Although he has received very generous offers for his identical Titanic replica, the expert model-builder isn’t considering selling it. He doesn’t want to say he’ll never sell it, but for now, after two years of work he plans on enjoying it a little longer, and even considers keeping it in the family, as an heirloom.
Photos: Jason King via Titanic-Titanic