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Distant photos from the show look much different.
As a photographer I've been curious if this was all a lens-distortion problem, not a kit problem. If you look at photos taken at the toy fair, at a distance...where wide angle lens distortion would be minimized...the stem appears to be nearly vertical, like it should be. I'm not one to usually come running to Trumpeter's defense but as a photographer myself it was the first thing I thought of. Lens distortion can be really misleading.
There are photos here if you have a dreaded Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.1180183125473612/1180182905473634/?type=3&theater
I see a few comments below about Trumpeter's new 1:200 Titanic and her excessively raked stem. Anyone have original drawings to determine the correct angle?
A few years ago (2007), I had the chance to see Fine Art Model's magnificent 1:48 Titanic. Now FAM's owner, Gary Kohs (RIP), could tell a tale... but he insisted that all the Titanic plans out there were best guesses, and that he was the first modeler to be allowed into Harland & Wolff's drawing vault to access the REAL Titanic drawings, which were used to build his 1:48 model. He like to say that even the script printed on his light bulbs was correct!
Anyway, a few of my poor photos of the model behind glass, which show a fair bit of rake to the stem. FWIW...
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