A bit of an obvious choice admittedly, but despite all the clichés, I do find a certain elegance to the ‘Olympic’ class liners. It also provides me with a tiny reminder not to take anything in life for granted! At 46,328 tons gross, yes it became the largest ship, but was really only a stage in the evolution of ocean liners, where each new design superseded the previous one in a contest of superiority. While some claim that it was never surpassed, particularly the lavish interiors, Titanic itself would never have become so famous were it not for the tragic maiden voyage. It may not have survived for more than a few more years anyway because of the possibility of attack during the First World War. The ever growing study culture & fascination with the ill fated liner has provided a wealth of reference material, with the most valuable of these being a modellers website called ‘Rivet Counter’ which lists an unbelievable 500 modifications to the basic Academy/Minicraft 1:350 scale kit, in a quest for historical accuracy.