Current TRMA Trustees

Scott Andrews

  I began my working career immediately after high school at Foster Wheeler Corp. in Livingston, NJ, as a draftsman and, later, as a modelmaker with the same company. In 1982 I went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Whippany, NJ, working on the design of telecommunications equipment. My wife, Karen Signell Andrews, and I relocated from northwest New Jersey to the Atlanta, Georgia area in January, 1998. Today, I continue to work as a Senior Mechanical Designer at OFS in Norcross, Georgia, formerly the Fiberoptic Apparatus unit of AT&T, and then, Lucent Technologies, where I work on the design of fiberoptic telecommunications hardware.

I first became aware of the story of the Titanic at the age of four. I became captivated by a picture of the ship published in the Reader's Digest as part of a condensed version of Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember". Between repeatedly asking my mother to re-read that condensed version and then seeing the J. Arthur Rank movie of the same name, I became thoroughly and hopelessly hooked. I have to say though, that given it was a photo of the ship, and not her story, that first captivated me, I'm sure that I would have the same interest in the Olympic-class ships today, even had all three lead routine and uneventful lives.

While my primary interest in the Titanic centers more closely on her as a ship and an engineering achievement rather than as an historical icon, I am also very interested in the historical aspects of her story, and in the history of the development of the steamship. Coupled with this is my general interest in "The Machine Age" borne out of the Industrial Revolution. In addition to the above, my hobbies also include modelmaking (both scratchbuilding and kits). I also have an interest in old cars and have done a ground-up restoration on my first car, a 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe 2-door sedan.

Further interests include pipe organs and organbuilding. My favorite instruments are the large American and English “symphonic” organs built during the first decades of the 20th century by such builders as Skinner, Austin and Willis.

In addition to the TRMA, I am a member of the Titanic Historical Society since 1972, when it was still known at the Titanic Enthusiasts of America. Additionally, I'm a member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.


Bruce Beveridge

  Bruce Beveridge was a police officer and police sergeant for many years in a small suburb outside of Chicago, and is currently employed in specialized armed security and investigation work. He has been a history buff for many years, centering on early civilizations, the Crusades, and famous ships. He is also the senior historical archivist for local community library and spends his time away from Titanic working on local history projects.

Bruce has established a reputation in the Titanic community as being one of the foremost visual and technical historians of Olympic and Titanic. He is a founding trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association, where he took part in advising on the updating of the 1:350 Minicraft Titanic model. He also revised and updated the instruction booklet for the model. He has advised on technical specifications of Titanic for professional modelers, The Danbury Mint, restaurant designers, and other professional entities requiring specialized consultation on the visual and technical aspects of the ship.

Bruce's publicly released achievements include his co-authorship of Olympic and Titanic- The Truth Behind the Conspiracy with Steve Hall of Australia and his consultation back in the 1990s on the Titanic CAD Plans created by Robert Hahn of Germany. Bruce is also well known for his highly sought-after General Arrangement plans of Titanic that were originally drawn for, and subsequently used by, dive teams investigating the interior of the wreck.rA detailed plan of this type had never been done before, with researchers having to make do with plans of Olympic that differed in many interior details, and missing a great deal of information in the crew and machinery spaces. These same plans are the ones available for viewing on the Discovery Channel's Titanic webpage.

Bruce has been interviewed and quoted on Titanic-related matters by the U.S. and British press, and has appeared on the U.K.'s Sky 1 television in a Titanic-related documentary. Bruce has traveled to Southampton as well as places local to his home state to present talks on Titanic and has consulted for the auction firm of Henry Aldridge & Son. He has written articles about the Olympic-class liners for the publications of the Titanic Historical Society, The British Titanic Society, The Irish Titanic Historical Society and Titanic International. He is an honorary lifetime member of the British Titanic Historical Society, a position he holds with Robert Hahn and Millvina Dean.

The crowning achievement of Bruce's research is the book TITANIC-The Ship Magnificent, A two-volume tome he coordinated and co-wrote with Titanic experts Steve Hall, Scott Andrews and Daniel Klistorner. Though Bruce states he is retired from future research projects in way of Titanic, he continues to make himself available for professional consultation and assisting fellow Titanic enthusiasts on the Titanic Research and Modeling Association's discussion forum.


Art Braunschweiger

Art’s involvement with Titanic history and research follows a long-standing interest in maritime and naval history. Subjects with which he is well acquainted include the British Navy of the period 1750-1820, World War II submarine warfare in the Pacific, and the Atlantic convoys of World War II. Art also has a passion for travel and has taken several trips on the Queen Elizabeth 2 as well as transatlantic on the Queen Mary 2. He started building ship models at an early age and completed a fully rigged model of the clipper ship Cutty Sark age 14.

Art’s relationship with the TRMA began in 2003 when he decided to build a scale Titanic model and found the forum and its members to be a welcome source of information. His model, a 1:350 Minicraft, is a waterline model with hundreds of corrections for accuracy and enhanced appearance. Many are scratchbuilt to satisfy his demand for detail above and beyond that provided by the kit parts. Based on his experience with the model, he was asked by Minicraft in 2006, along with Bruce Beveridge, to submit revisions for a new release of the kit’s instructions. Art has done extensive research for his model in several areas, and has since written three of them – paint colors, flags, and rigging - into comprehensive reference guides on this website. His paint recommendations are also included in the 2006 re-release of the Minicraft instructions.

Art is Editor of Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, authored by Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall and Daniel Klistorner, and served to coordinate, proofread and edit the text for the two-volume set. He also assisted with researching and writing some of the book’s material, and produced the rigging plan which appears in Volume 1. He lives in Somerset County, New Jersey, with his wife and two Labrador Retrievers, and has been a TRMA Trustee since November of 2004.



Jerry Davidson

Jerry Davidson has recently retired after being a very active secondary school educator for 25 years. During those years, Jerry had been the Director of Instrumental Music at Thomas J. Anderson High School in Southgate, Michigan, working many long hours educating the students in his award winning competitive Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Bands and Individual studies. In 2001, Jerry transferred to Gerisch Middle School where he taught Computer Technology, Music and was Department Chairman of the Encore Curriculum area. His transfer led to a very enjoyable career and life change and gave him much more time to pursue his many and varied life interests. He was nominated 9 times for Teacher of The Year awards, winning the prestigious honor 2 times during his career. Jerry has attended Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan - Flint during a very extensive career and study in the area of secondary education. He completed his Masters Degree in Education at Eastern Michigan University. He has 32 credit hours beyond his Masters Degree in continued studies.

"My interest in the Titanic started, like most people, with the viewing of the first movie of notoriety on the subject, "A Night To Remember". Since viewing that film as a boy, I found myself reading Walter Lord's book of the same title and building (and sinking) the 560 scale Revell model when I was a youngster."

"I would be less than honest if I told you that I have had a lifetime interest in the Titanic. My interest was renewed with the viewing of the James Cameron film. Also, the need for a hobby after a near fatal automobile accident guided me to this hobby and organization. My doctor bluntly told me to find a hobby so I wouldn't immerse myself totally in my job. So, I walked into a local hobby center and purchased the Minicraft version of the Titanic, paint, an airbrush and all the accessories that I would need for the project. Next, looking for a source of information, I searched the Internet and found The Official Titanic Model Web Site. From there, I have purchased almost every video and/or book available on the subject. I love to research the models so that they are as accurate as I can possibly build them. It is now a labor of love and has become a larger portion of my life since the organization of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association. I have been made very welcome by the association's membership and find that I am inspired by their intelligence, knowledge and modeling skills.

Jerry's affiliation in professional organizations includes; The Titanic Research & Modeling Association, The Titanic Historical Society, The Downriver Detroit Modeling Club, National Education Association, Michigan Education Association, Music Educators National Conference and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Jerry was instrumental in working with Tom Harrison of Tom's Modelworks in helping facilitate the research, design and production of five new sheets of photo etch details for the Minicraft and Academy models.

Jerry is a charter member, founding member and Trustee of the Titanic Research & Modeling Association, being active in the organization since it's inception.

Doug May

  I have always been interested in building models and working with my hands, but my interest in Titanic became really strong after I saw the James Cameron movie. Shortly after I saw the movie, I happened to be surfing the Internet and found Sean Winterberg’s website devoted to building the Minicraft Model. I started to visit the site regularly and found out that Bruce Beveridge lived in the Chicago area . I talked to him a few times and he instilled more interest in me. Now I was hooked on anything to do with Titanic, not just the modeling aspect.

So, I went out looking for a Titanic model to build and I bought my first model at, of all places, Toys R’ Us. It was the Revell 1:570 scale. This model was supposed to give me experience to get back into modeling in few month’s time. That was three years ago. I am finally almost finished with it. I thought I would be done with it in a few months, but I kept adding things onto it and I even bought all of Bruce’s decals and put them on my model. I also helped design a set of railing decals for the 1:570 since I didn’t want to cut off all of the molded plastic where the railings were supposed to go. I intend to continue building other versions including the Revell 1:400 and the revised Minicraft 1:350.

I have looked at many websites and read a lot of publications and articles devoted to the Titanic and I find that my interest is balanced between actual model-building and the historical and technical aspects of the ship. I find it all fascinating so I have no particular preference in my interest level. I have attended all of the TRMA meetings the past few years and I have made some great friends through the Association. It is great to know and meet other Titanic enthusiasts like myself.

I am sure that my interest will continue for many years to come. Titanic is a fascinating ship with a fascinating but tragic history. I will never get tired of exploring the history behind this great ship. .



Roy Mengot

  Roy Mengot is a systems engineer with Raytheon in the Dallas area of Texas. He has been a life long enthusiast of Titanic and began studying Titanic in earnest after its discovery. His desire to build an accurate model of the wreck led him to landing a research slot at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to study the archive of Titanic wreck photographs and videos.

The resulting model won Best in Show at the 1997 International Plastic Modeler's Society National convention in Columbus Ohio, winning out over 2200 entries. He published a website on the wreck and included the earliest modeling guide on technical fixes to the Minicraft kit. The research into the ship with other members of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association further broadened his base of technical knowledge of the ship. He was recently accepted as a member of the Marine Forensics Panel (SD-7) of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Roy was born in 1953 and has aspirations of going on a Titanic expedition and writing a book on the wreck.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith became interested in Titanic at childhood, at the age of seven years in 1977. His first encounter with the famous liner was via a neighbour, a former deep sea diver for the Royal Navy. His stories of the "unsinkable" ship sparked a huge interest for Jonathan. The 1958 Rank film "A Night to Remember" was his first outing of Titanic in movie form. After watching the film on television, Jonathan wanted to know more about the ship and to why she sank. Jonathan's interest in Titanic sparked in 1980 with his first cinema experience with the Lew Grade box-office failure "Raise the Titanic", a film which is still has much passion for and with hopes of releasing the first book to cover the making of the film. Over the years, Jonathan has worked with a large number of Titanic researchers, authors, film distribution and television networks. Ten years ago he became one of trustee's and historians to the Titanic Research & Modelling Association.

His commitments to Titanic research besides the TRMA, include the Channel 4 acclaimed television series "Titanic: The Mission" which saw key structures of Titanic being replicated. Jonathan was one of the three credited historians and technical advisors on the series. The Ray Johnson documentary "Titanic: Prepare to Launch", the forth coming documentary "Return of the Titanic Anchor". Written work includes "Titanic: The Noah Hingley Anchors" for 'The Black Country Bugle' newspaper. Selection of local newspaper Titanic related articles for 'The Express & Star'. Article on the anchors for 'Horse Talk' magazine in New Zealand and 'Heavy Horse World' in the UK which looked at the transportation via horse and cart of components for the Titanic. Supplying information for part of the two-volume set "Titanic: The Ship Magnificent". Written and photographic material for "Titanic in Photographs". Written material for "RMS Titanic Owners' Workshop Manual". Written and photographic material for "Titanic and her sisters Olympic and Britannic". Photographic material for "The Olympic Class Ships". Photographic material for the forth coming publication "On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic". And photographic material for the forth coming book "Titanic & Olympic: Which Ship Sank". Written and photographic material for 'The Irish Independent' Titanic magazine special in 2011 and another in the works for the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Photographic material for the publication "Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography". Written, photographic, page header designs and book cover design for "The RMS Titanic Miscellany" and the authors second book "705 Things You May Not Have Known About RMS Titanic", which includes photographic material, page header design, book

cover design and the books foreword. And more recently a programme with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) to air on the anniversary of the ships sinking.

He also supplied the 'special features' and inner sleeve notes for the 2007 'Network' UK DVD release of "Raise the Titanic". He is currently working closely with them again on a proposed 2012 'special edition'.

Jonathan has plans for the near future to release some of his own works on Titanic with him as the author. One on anchor manufacturer 'Noah Hingley & Sons' who were based just a few miles from his home town. They manufactured and supplied the anchors, chains and out-fitting gear for the Titanic and other historic liners such as Olympic, Britannic, Lusitania, Mauretania and Aquitania. The other works is an in-depth look into the making of the 1980 movie "Raise the Titanic". Jonathan also has an online Titanic group; 'The Olympic Class Liners - Olympic - Titanic - Britannic which can be found on Facebook and as a separate forum at


Bob Read

Bob grew up in south central Illinois and lives in the St. Louis metropolitan area. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Illinois, majoring in pre-professional healthcare studies. From there, he attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1975. After practicing dentistry for thirty years Bob retired in 2005.

Bob’s interest in Titanic began while reading an account of the tragedy in a 50th anniversary article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1962. Bob enjoyed building models as a hobby in his younger years and transitioned to an interest in ship modeling around 1979. Titanic has always remained a particular interest for him. In 1998 Bob discovered Sean Winterberg’s Titanic modeling website. From that time, he concentrated on the Olympic class ships almost exclusively. During this time, Bob taught himself how to use computer drafting software. The combination of intensive study of the Olympic class ships and the development of his drafting skills led him to begin drafting plans of the Olympic class ships for ship modelers in 2002. In 2010 Bob launched his plans website, to sell plans of the Olympic class ships. Currently Bob is trying to decide what his next major project will be.

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