Last month, I learned that there was a new Titanic kit from OcCre. It’s now officially released and soon to appear in your favorite ship model shop. Now, I have to admit my first thought was, do we really need another wooden Titanic kit? We have Mantua, Amati, Billing Boats, Woody Joe… and now OcCre. But, after looking more closely at the published details of this kit, I’m thinking this kit actually looks pretty good, and it’s at a lower price point than others.
OcCre’s kit is a 1/300 scale wooden plank-on-bulkhead model kit that measures a little over 35″ long and 9.5″ high. It should list for around $300 in the U.S.
I haven’t actually seen the kit itself, just the available photos. But, the details seem to look pretty good and seem mostly accurate. I suspect there’s a fair amount of photo-etched metal for the railings and such. Plus, the presence of all the perfectly shaped portholes and windows suggests there’s a far amount of laser-cut parts as well.
Without actually seeing the kit, the best way to understand what the kit is like it through the instructions, which are downloadable on the OcCre website here: Titanic Instructions. This shows us that they’ve gone the route of using what appears to be color printed adhesive-backed vinyl for all the small details. Having used this material myself to make details on some of my scratch-built Japanese watercraft, I can tell you that this method works well, and is a nice solution for dilemma of keeping a model like this both scale accurate in appearance and not too complex or expensive.
Again, I haven’t seen this kit in person. But, I have to say, the more I look at the details on this kit, the more I’m liking what OcCre has done. I don’t know how well it will sell, given the other Titanic kits on the market, not to mention the plastic versions, but it looks to me like OcCre has a winner here Ω