By Tom McClanahan
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/CNN) - County fairs in Sullivan County, Ind. are usually reserved for agricultural exhibits.
But one man used it as an opportunity to bring an elaborate pet project out of his basement and into the spotlight.
When you visit the Sullivan County Fair, you'll find in one corner of one of the buildings Robin Overton's Titanic exhibit. The centerpiece is a 12 foot replica of the ship that's so good, the titanic museum in Branson, Mo. is impressed.
Robin was enthralled when the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in 1985, but when James Cameron's film was released, he was ecstatic.
"I mean everybody imagined what it must have been like on there, but when that last movie came out, it showed you what it was like, and it really hit you hard," said Robin.
About seven or eight years ago, Robin built a 40 inch model, which was just didn't cut it.
"It satisfied me for a little while. I wanted something bigger and they don't sell 'em bigger so I decided to do this one," said Robin.
It took him a year and a half using plans that a man in Branson had published using original documents.
"I could have got copies of them from England, but I chose to use his. It was well documented and, just 30 different designs in there, and I painstakingly went through it and made it the exact same size it's supposed to be," said Robin.
The remainder of his exhibit contains material from the James Cameron movie that he was able to find from a man in Las Vegas who found movie memorabilia.
"When they were done filming the ship in Mexico they dismantled the whole thing and just threw it away," said Robin.
So, he was able to get part of the railing of the movie ship, one of the lifejackets used in the film and other material that's worth a look, a look you can take this week at the Sullivan County Fair.
Robin is taking his display on the road. He's planning a even bigger display at another upcoming festival.