Bob's Titanic effort

Robert Bean with his scale model of the Titanic.
Robert Bean with his scale model of the Titanic. John Mccutcheon

IT TOOK three years to build the Titanic.

Bob Bean did it in six years.

The real thing was more than 882 feet long - Mr Bean's Titanic is a mere three feet.

It cost $7.5 million in the early years of the 20th century to construct, while Mr Bean got away with it for about $1000.

The 75-year-old Nambour man was proud to show off his model version of the famous ship in the weeks leading up to the 100th anniversary of its sinking.

On April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck a massive iceberg.

It sunk in the early hours of April 15, claiming 1517 lives and leaving only 706 survivors.

Mr Bean has had a long standing fascination with all things related to cars, aircraft and boats - but only the mystery of the Titanic could capture his attention for such a long time.

He subscribed to a 100-issue magazine Build the Titanic about six years ago, published by Hachette Partworks.

Every edition unveiled a little more history on the "unsinkable ship" and also provided another part of the model, by UK company Amati.

Within two years he had all the pieces necessary to construct his own model ocean liner.

"I was very motivated to see it through to the end," Mr Bean said.

"The result was fantastic. It's very detailed, right down to the flags on the mast."

Mr Bean said he was a bit sorry to see his long-running project wind up just a couple of weeks ago when he finally got around to putting the propellers on.

"There's nothing else I can do for it now," he said.

"I really did get into a routine waiting for it every week.

"I'm still a bit surprised I stuck to it for as long as I did."

Mr Bean still might have a chance to fill the void left by the Titanic, with another model of the Titanic.

A friend of his, who has recently got his hands on the same Titanic kit, might give it to him to build.

"I would enjoy that," he said.

Mr Bean's Titanic is proudly on display in a perspex case in his lounge room.



The Titanic was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats but only had 20.

The first lifeboat out, which had a capacity of 65, had only 28 on board.

It took two hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to sink.

The Titanic now lies 12,600 feet below sea level.

It took 74 years to find the wreck.

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