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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Titanic recreated in back garden
Stan Fraser with his labour of love

A maritime enthusiast has built an 88ft model of RMS Titanic in the back garden of his Inverness home.

Stan Fraser, 41, is fascinated with the story of the passenger ship which struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

Mr Fraser and his sons Jason, 12, and Scott, 14, have spent six years so far on the model which dominates the garden of their home in Clachnaharry Road.

It disguises two caravans the Frasers stayed in while renovating their home.

While neighbours might be content with a garden gnome or two, Mr Fraser's garden is awash with marker buoys, defunct mini commercial submersibles and fishing gear.

Everyone knows the amazing and tragic story of Titanic
Stan Fraser

However, the wooden Titanic model dominates the back yard.

Mr Fraser said: "Everyone knows the amazing and tragic story of Titanic.

"I started out building the model six years and it is to a scale of one to 10."

The ship hides two old caravans the family stayed in while their house was being done up and a new extension built.

Mr Fraser uses a disco smoke machine to create smoke for the ship's four funnels and has launched his own website to promote his ambition to open a maritime museum.

Titanic sank on 15 April 1912, with the loss of 1,503 passengers and crew.

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