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April 10, 2012

Titanic replica sets sail ... in a pond

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MIDDLEBURG, Pa. —

He used a blob of glue from a hot glue gun to simulate the rounded lights lining one deck, and lit them from inside using tiny track lighting. To make a line of teeny windows on the B deck he drilled a round hole into the balsa wood, then filed each hole with a rectangular frame. The famous dome peeking through the top deck is a ping pong ball with a leaded glass design.

When making the rope ladders attached to the masts, he started by placing the rungs 1/8th of an inch apart, but when that didn't look right, adjusted to 1/16th.

"I was officially cross-eyed," he laughed.

Even the red port and green starboard lights are accurately placed to safely guide passing vessels at night.

He readily acknowledges his ship's shortcomings. The docking bridge, for example, is actually modeled after the Olympic's; the Titanic's bridge overhung the ship.

"If I would decide this had to be perfect, this would be a 10-year project," he said. "There's no way I'm spending 10 more years building a boat."

He also hopes to build an exhaust manifold and channel smoke from dry ice through the funnels, and friends tease him about building a big Styrofoam iceberg to float near it.

Heimbach laughed at that idea, and also at another one, saying, "It'd be great to get a picture of it, maybe next to a duck."

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Cindy O. Herman is a free lance writer for the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item. Contact her at Cindyherman1@yahoo.com or on Twitter @CindyOHerman.

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