There is an assortment of signage mounted on deckhouse walls or railings around the Titanic. These can be seen in various photos and paintings of the Titanic. Some of the signs are board mounted and some are illuminated.

The kit does not supply most of the signs around the ship so you will have to make your own decals in order to add them to your model. Duane Fowler created a set of accurate scale signage decals for the Titanic, Olympic and Brittanic. The graphics for the sign decals are available from the Titanic Research and Modeling Association and see the MODELING TECHNIQUES section for information on making your own decals.


Most of the following section has been reproduced from Duane's 1:350 Decal instructions with his permission. Additional information has been added by the authors and some of the text has been abridged.

USING DUANE'S DECALS (taken from his instruction sheet).

These decals were printed directly to a water transfer clear decal sheet. That means that unlike the decals that come with most models which are separate from each other, these decals are all attached to each other.

Before applying them you must carefully cut them out and trim all extra material away. They are water transfer decals which means that to apply them you must soak them in water first and then slide them off the backing paper and onto the model. Decal setting solutions available at many hobby stores will help them adhere to the surface correctly. Many of the Notice Signs are either wall plaques or mounted on railings. You may want to leave these on the backing paper and glue them in place with small amounts of white glue. Placing them on white styrene backings is another option.

The signs are listed in the order they appear on the decal sheet.

Sign 1 (forecastle).

The first notice on the first row goes on the aft side of the forecastle breakwater on the starboard side of the No. 1 hatch. It's about 1/3 of the distance out from the center and reads: NOTICE, PASSENGERS ARE, NOT ALLOWED, BEYOND THIS POINT. (The Olympic and Britannic had two signs, one on either side.)

Sign 2 (A-deck forward).

This signage has been changed from the original instructions.

Place one 'plaque' decal on the stern side of the doorway located in the center of the enclosed crew stairwell on either side of the ship. This plaque should read CREW ONLY as seen in Robert Ballard's `Discovery Of The Titanic'.

Sign 3 (compass tower, docking bridge and passenger class dividers).

Place the red lettered NOTICE, PASSENGERS ARE NOT ALLOWED BEYOND THIS POINT signs (six on the second row and two next to the American flags) as follows:

  1. Poop deck - one at the top left side of the stairs leading to the Docking Bridge attached to the center two rails.
  2. Boat Deck - on the railings separating the Second Class section from the Officer's Promenade, one either side of the ship (2 signs).
  3. Boat Deck - on the railings separating the Officer's Promenade from the First Class section, one either side of the ship (2 signs).
  4. Boat deck - on the railings separating the First Class section of the Boat Deck from the Bridge, aft of the bridge (just forward of the expansion joint), one on either side of the ship. (2 signs).
  5. Compass platform - one on the rear of the Compass Platform to port of the stairs.

Sign 4 (B deck aft).

The first two signs in the third row read: NOTICE, FIRST CLASS, PASSENGERS ONLY, BEYOND THIS POINT. They go on the inside wall between the first and second class sections on B Deck.

  • Note: exact location is not certain but between the door sections seems logical (Ed).

Sign 5 (top of well deck stairs to B deck forward and aft).

The next four signs on the third row read: NOTICE, THIRD CLASS PASSENGERS, ARE NOT ALLOWED, BEYOND THIS POINT.

  1. The first two have dark writing and are attached to the railings outboard of either stair from the aft well deck to B deck facing aft.
  2. The third has light writing and is attached to the port bulkhead on the port side of the gate for the stairs leading from the forward well deck to B deck.
  3. The fourth sign is extra.

Sign 6 (stern railing).

The three large Triple Screw warning Notices are attached to the railings around the poop deck.

  1. Place one just to the left of the flagstaff.
  2. Place the other two just below of the Docking Bridge wings.

Sign 7 (crane manufacturer's plate).

The Crane manufactures labels are placed on the right side of the crane tower about half way up.

Sign 8 (crane weight limit plates).

Rows six to nine are the crane weight limits. Place these on either side of the crane booms about 1/4 of the way out. The last two of the bottom two rows are 1 1/2 ton limit signs which should be placed on the smaller cranes on the A Deck.

Sign 9 (telegraphs).

The telegraphs were used to communicate between the bridge and the engine room. There were two on the Docking Bridge and five on the main bridge.

On the main bridge there were three to the port side of the wheel and two to the starboard side. You can make your own with sections of .08 styrene rod. There are 14 telegraph faces; one for each side of the seven telegraphs.

  • Note: though these are not actual signs, Duane was thoughtful enough to make these for anyone that may be constructing the bridge or docking bridge telegraph instruments. In keeping with quoting his decal instruction sheet we left them in here for reader's interest (Ed).

Sign 10 (lifeboat numbers, names and passenger capacity plates).

The Lifeboat markings are arranged in eight columns and eight rows as follows:

Odd Number Port Bow and Stern, Starboard Stern and Bow, Even Number Port Bow and Stern, Starboard Stern and Bow.

It is important to remember that the loading plaques were on the port side for the odd numbered lifeboats and on the starboard side for the even numbered lifeboats. This was so they would always face the passengers when they were getting in. The decals are in numerical order from 1 to 16. Remember, the flags always point aft.

  • Note:' loading plaque' is the same as a 'capacity plaque'. It usually gave the boat's dimensions and person capacity.

Sign 11 (draft markings).

Look carefully and you will see the draft marks for the bow and stern. The decals supplied in the kit twist the numbers as they wrap under the hull where on the Titanic and her sisters they stayed level.

On the bow, the number 40 should be on the water line (the edge between the black and red). On the stern, the number 37 was on the water line. See Scott Andrews' explanation in the HULL section.

  • Note: The stern decals provided go to 42 like the bow, however, the actual marks stopped at 40 on the Titanic. Please cut off the top two numbers for this ship. They went to 42 on the Britannic for a time and possibly on the Olympic, although this is less certain.

Sign 12 (flags).

The British Blue ensign flew from the flag staff on the stern of the ship. Normally a merchant ship would fly the Red Ensign but since Captain Smith and number of his officers were members of the Royal Naval Reserve they flew the Blue Ensign. The other flags would be flown from the foremast depending on the port of destination. Titanic was flying the US flag since her destination was New York. The White Star flag would be flown from the Main (aft) Mast.

One method of obtaining realistic looking flags is to apply the decals to foil and then bend them to the desired position.

Sign 13 (ship hull's names and port).

The Name plates were included so that you could choose between these and the ones included in the kit. Please use the ones you like the best.

Sign 14 (builder's plaque).

The Builders Plaque should be centered on the front of B deck.

See Ken Marschall's painting on page 44 of Robert Ballard's `Exploring The Titanic' for the exact location (Ed).

Sign 15 (door name plates).

The door plaques are centered over various doors to indicate their purpose.


There were at least six illuminated signs that we could find.

To make these cut 1.5mm lengths of .030 x 0.30 Evergreen strip.

Paint the section white. Dan Cherry suggests two colour schemes for the outside of these signs, either paint the edges brass or grey. Modeler's choice see pages 60 and 106 of Titanic Triumph and Tragedy for examples of the possible grey colouring.

.Glue into position using CA glue.

Sign 1.

Located on the port side of the Boat Deck's Grand Staircase foyer near the aft corner by the door. This sat almost level with the height of the arched windows along this port side.

Sign 2.

Located on the partition between the 1st class entrance and gym doors on the starboard side of the Boat Deck's Grand Staircase foyer. You can clearly see it on page 76 of Leo Marriott's "Titanic" behind the head of Jacques Futrelle.

Sign 3.

Similar to Sign 2, there was an illuminated sign on the port side of the Boat Deck's 2nd class entrance's partition.

Sign 4.

The mirror of Sign 3 on the starboard partition.

Sign 5.

Located on B deck's 2nd class entrance above the starboard door. See the photo of Titanic's poop deck in Walter Lord's book "A Night To Remember" or in the October 1976 Scale Model article "A Kit To Remember" by R.L.Rimell.

Sign 6.

The mirror of Sign 5 but on the port side of the B deck's second class entrance.

  • Note: Cameron also has illuminated signs on the Boat Deck's stair entrances on #3 funnel deckhouse, but to date we have found no conclusive evidence for these. Should information come to light we will update this segment accordingly.


Sign 1 (Aft Well Deck).


There appears to have been signs on the C deck bulkheads in the aft well deck underneath the stairs from the well deck level to B deck. These sat in the outboard corner of the bulkheads, outboard of the doors. These are represented as bumps on the kit, however, they are slightly too small and lack detail.

Duane's decal kit comes with a few spare signs, file off the existing signs and use these spares.

This picture is of the Olympic.


Thanks to Duane for allowing us to use his product's textual information. Please consider buying his product in support of the fine effort he has put in to it for the modeler's benefit.

See LIFEBOAT section for notes on working with Duane's decals.


This site was created by David Cotgreave January 2000