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A.V. man creates Titanic paper model

APPLE VALLEY • Ronald Luntz constantly assigns himself projects to keep himself busy. Otherwise, he'd go nuts, the 70-year-old retired correctional sergeant said.

He spent more than eight hours a day in his Apple Valley home for the past three months and built a 7-foot model of the Titanic. What makes it different from other models is that Luntz made his out of cardboard, except for the mast, railing and life boats.

“People don’t understand how sturdy cardboard is,” he said. “If you give me enough cardboard and glue, I can make you a bridge you can drive across. That’s a fact.”

The model sits more than 7 feet long, a foot wide and 3 feet high in his kitchen. Luntz said he applied to the Guinness World Records for the largest paper model of the Titanic.

“It’s not exactly to scale, it’s very close,” Luntz said.

He said he couldn’t get the schematics of the ship so he relied on his eyes and books.

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I know how to put this into scale,” Luntz said.

A Vietnam war veteran, Luntz worked for the Los Angeles Police Department before he became a state prison officer. He’s been living in the High Desert since 1982.

Luntz said he had always wanted to build a big Titanic model.

“I’ve always been thinking about it, but I never had space to build it,” he said. “I got old and I don’t want to work in a garage. It’s cold.”

Then he moved from Spring Valley Lake to Apple Valley about five years ago. A mover saw his 4-foot long Titanic model and bought it for $50.

He began working on the bigger Titanic in his kitchen and completed it in October. His wife of almost 38 years sawed the skirting for the base to display the model. The whole project cost him about $250.

“It’s the time. It’s no joke,” Luntz said. “I’ll probably donate it to a school library or I might sell it — I don’t know.”

His next goal is to make a Titanic paper model 2 feet longer and exactly to scale.

“I’m sure I’m going to build a bigger one,” Luntz said. “I’m pretty sure everything’s going to be bigger.”

Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or Follow Tomoya on Facebook at

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