Several conduits can be seen in various photographs of the Titanic.These are by no means necessary for your model but do add a touch of realism if you decide to add them.

All conduits were made from pulled sprue and bent with tweezers to gain the correct contours needed and then applied with sparing amounts of glue. The only exception is the larger mast conduit from the Boat deck over to the main mast which required thicker sprue to first be sanded on the sanding block to get the rectangular shape before installation. All conduits were painted white except for the wing cab conduits which were painted black as seen in the Countess of Rothes photo and the forecastle deck level conduits which again were also done black.

Here are some of the most visible conduits starting from the bow and working towardsthe stern.


Item 1 (windlass).

From the back of the windlasses to two small motors that sit in front of the #1 hatch splashguard/support bracket were conduit shaped drive shafts.

  • Note: The conduits in were connected to motors. The motors do NOT come with the kit and will require scratchbuilding. Use small sections of pulled sprue (or sprue tree if you can find the right diameter) around 3mm wide x 3mm tall. These were glued by the corners of the splash plate in front of #1 hatch and to these we glued the conduits to the base of them. These in turn were painted flat black.

Item 2 (forecastle).

In front of the foremast on the deck between the reel and duct (which you need also need to add).

Item 3 (starboard running light).

Under the wing cab running lamp housings.

Item 4 (tank room thermotank).

Along the base of the thermotank in the front of the tank room just behind the aft expansion joint. There is two conduits that pass from the tank into the tank room's wall.

Item 5 (the box).

The base of The Box on the forward starboard corner of the 2nd class entrance has a tiny conduit from its raised base to the deck itself. Both the Box and conduit will have to be made from scrap plastic stock and sheet plastic.

Item 6 (2nd class entrance).

Inside the winged doorway partitions of the aft 2nd class entrance is a horizontal conduit that comes out from the entrance wall to the illuminated light on the upright partition.

Item 7 (2nd class entrance).

Also on this partition is a vertical conduit that comes up from the deck to the roof's winged canopy for a decklamp hanging underneath.

Item 8 (2nd class elevator vents).

On the two large ducts on the aft side of the 2nd class entrance were two decklamps, one on each side. Electrical conduits came out of the top of these lamps to the base of the vent intake and then turned parallel to the base of the duct at roof level and into the 2nd class structure itself.

Item 9 (aft mast).

Add the large square conduit that ran from the boat deck level to the aft mast.

Item 10 (aft mast/A deck roof).

Add the small conduit that curls up from under A-deck aft's roof to enter the square conduit mentioned abovew.

These can be seen in the Father Browne photo of the area.

Item 11 (well deck thermotanks).

Add the conduits to the starboard thermotank under the Poop Deck canopy.

Item 12 (docking bridge).

Add the conduits that sat outboard of the supports on either side of the docking bridge. These conduits can be seen coming out of the deck, up the railings along the supports and then bending outward to reach the underside edge of the docking bridge.

Item 13 (1st class lounge & aft railings).

Deck lamps were attached to metal plates on the railings of the 1st class lounge raised roof and the stern of the ship behind the flagstaff. Conduits emerged from the bottom of the plates and disappeared through the deck below.

Item 14 (vent motors).

As a general rule of thumb there was a conduit coming out of a small box and entering the side of each vent motor.

This was usually located on the side of the motor that has the round cornered duct/fan housing (opposite the vent's opening).

This is a general rule of thumb so if you plan to add these, we recommend that you do a vent by vent examination.


Item 15 (No 4 funnel deck house).

There was a conduit on either side of the No 4 funnel deckhouse running from the centre deck lamp just under the curved section of the roof and disappearing into the bulkhead five or six feet aft of the forward bulkhead.

See both the Cork examiner photos of the area and Walter Lord's The Night Lives On.


This site was created by David Cotgreave January 2000