Toothpick Models of Early 20th Century Ocean Liners
and Ships From the Age of Sail
by Folk Artist Wayne Kusy
RMS Titanic


Length: 10 feet Beam 18 inches
Toothpick Tally: 75,000
Glue: 1 Gallon of Elmers
Current Display: Naples Philharmonic Museum Naples Florida

The RMS Titanic was the first ocean liner I had ever built. It was inspired by the first search of the Titanic by Grimm in the early 80s. And, of course, the book "A Night to Remember" by Walter Lord. The ship was built from deckplans from Lord's book. There was no internet back then. So, if I could not find it in the local library, my ship was sunk. This ships was built with a 3 section skeleton. They would be jointed together for a total length of 10 feet.

Though there were many mistakes in the construction process, I learned a lot how to make a toothpick infrastructure, similar to how bridges are constructed. Ultimately, I would be able to make them bigger, better and more detailed.











The Fleet
Click on a ship!

Titanic
10 Feet Long 75,000 Toothpicks


Lusitania
16 Feet Long 197,000 Toothpicks


Queen Mary
25 Feet Long 814,000 Toothpicks


America
14 Feet Long 272,000 Toothpicks

Custom Boats

I do special requests as long as they are boats, and around 2-3 feet in length. This way, they will not take too long to build. They can be carriers, schooners, yachts, racing boats, clippers, as long as you have deck plans or some sort of drawings to guide me.

It is easier for me to build small stuff, but be aware that you will not have the details as seen in my larger vessels. But, I will pay just as much attention to constructing it, and document it's progress with my trusty iPhone for your approval!

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