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  2. Pirate type Galleon

    Heres one of my very early pirate ship builds. You can see the split at the channel. Once in it looks like a solid piece. This is what makes ships in bottles magical. Your on the right track with it. Keep it up.
  3. Pirate type Galleon

    Good find. This ship looks like a lot of fun. The height of the hull could be an issue. There's ways to get around that but you'll have to plan that right away in this build. The most common method is splitting the hull. For ships like this where it appears your doing the whole ship I'd split it either right at the channel or at the waterline. The reason for that is you can use the channel or the waterline to hide the split. For a waterline split I would paint the bottom half white up to the split. The reason for this is old ships up to the 1750's were sealed bellow the water line with whalefat and tallow. The mixture would appear white. They did this up to the waterline. Later ships had copper plating which was more expensive but made for faster ships. If you decide to split thw hull now is the time. Its easier to work with a split hull from the beginning rather than cut a nice looking ship later. Once you have the two pieces put a two pegs one one side and holes for the pegs on the other. This will help the piece come together exactly where you want it in the bottle.
  4. Ship in bottle Valuation

    Thanks for sharing this. I do like the knot work. Repairing ships in bottles seems like a tough job particularly if you leave the ship in the bottle. Great work getting her sailing again.
  5. Newly addicted

    Wow. That looks great! I better get move on so you can finish. Yeah the same principles apply to any scratch build. You got the process down. From here you can build anything. Let me know if I can improve my instructions any.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Pirate type Galleon

    Not glued in.
  8. Pirate type Galleon

    Going make a channel for masts and cap it later.
  9. Pirate type Galleon

    I know I will have an issue with the height factor. Working it out.
  10. Pirate type Galleon

    I planked the deck and put a bit of stain on her.
  11. Pirate type Galleon

    Newbie here and hoping I didn't bite off more than I can chew. Started a Galleon. I found these schematics on Google images. Its in German so I don't know what it says but its easy enough to follow.
  12. Newly addicted

    So I started on the sloop but was not happy with my results. I shaped her wrong initially so she is pointed at the bow, and waaay to small at the stern. I did however have a light bulb go off in terms of construction. Rather than do another sloop before the Chiefs log is finished, I started a Galleon, pirate ship type that I am going to start a log on shortly here.
  13. Tarmo

    Good start, Onni!
  14. Tarmo

    A start;carved the hull with wood and then skinned her with styrene white plastic to try to make it look like steel plating.The hull will have to be cut into at least four different pieces to enable it to fit through the bottle neck. The cutting is going to be a bit nerve wracking as a mistake means starting from scratch again!
  15. Tarmo

    Seeing as we still have snow and ice here in Finland ,even though it is spring; I thought that I would try to build 'Tarmo' a Finnish icebreaker constructed in Britain in 1907 and in operation until 1970.It is now a museum ship in Kotka and I had the good fortune to climb aboard her last Summer during the Tall Ships race staged in Kotka.
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  17. I was given this ship in a bottle by a friend. The bowsprit was broken and needed repairing and the bottle was very dirty inside and needed a clean up.There was no cork in the end of the bottle,only a colourful knitted cover so I imagine over the decades dirt had been building up inside. Age wise ;not really sure because those type of bottles have been around a long time in Finland but I'm guessing early 1940's to maybe late 50's. I am particularly impressed by the landscape behind the ship. I think that it is a very pleasing model. PS.I just placed it on a spare stand I had laying about.
  18. North American Ships in Bottles Association

    If we set it up as a not for profit club then there is no worries about taxes or any other legalities. So we might have to look at a different name other than NASBA. Maybe we poll our members and ask for a suggestion to a club name and something really simple regarding a name like Bottle Hounds, Scallywags, or Bottle Builders etc. ? Thoughts?
  19. North American Ships in Bottles Association

    Okay sounds good please give it a try! Jeff
  20. Dave Fellingham

    Igor do you still keep in contact?
  21. North American Ships in Bottles Association

    Jeff - It appears our website host makes setting up an association section incredibly easy. If you look in the main bar there is now a tab called Clubs. Right now anyone can set up a club. You can make clubs public private or a few options in between. I have set it so that clubs need to be verified before they are set up. I'd like to test the club option out and see if it meet's out needs. If it doesn't there is another option where I could set up a separate forum I'd create a group for the individuals within the association. Individuals in the association would be able to see and access the forum and those not in the association would not see it. I'd like to try the club option first since it appears to be more stream lined.
  22. Ship in bottle Valuation

    With Napoleonic POW bone ship models...essentially one prisoner started making a model ship. A French guard saw the piece, then told his officer. The officer informed someone higher up, then formed sweat shops to produce models for the elites ( that were not suppose to exist with the Equality, Fraternity, & Liberty movement ). Very detailed pieces many of the models are. Most made by seamen. In some, one could see the furniture and guns through the aft cabin windows. Most hulls were about 18" (+/-) long. Most of the rigging was originally done with horse hair. Have thought that nice subplot in a Napoleonic War era novel would have a POW model ship used to deliver messages and battle plans.
  23. Ship in bottle Valuation

    Yeah it is one of those rules like I have for dating ships based on sails. Most I've seen Prior to 1915ish don't have sails. It doesn't mean they wouldn't but it makes good general rule. SIBs like the Giovani Biondo models are a good example of an exception to my sail observation. Those sibs are an exception in and of themselves though. I need to look more into the bone models. Other than being made by POWs I don't know their history. I've seen some exquisite examples and it made me wonder how pows would have had access to the tools required.
  24. Ship in Bottle info Request

    I don't think theres anything distinguishing enough on this paticular one to tell if it was any paticular ship. If it had a name on the side, figurehead, or company flag on the topmast I think we could figure something out but as is its a black clipper ship from Germany. It could be one of hundreds.
  25. Ship in Bottle info Request

    Couldn't tell if it is faded blue or faded black...though the bar color sequence was the key. Thanks for sharing this unique piece. May want to investigate German-built clippers, though as mentioned, many were purchased from other countries.
  26. Ship in Bottle info Request

    Sounds like my bottle research was on point. Though my flag research wasn't quiet right. Good call on the black instead of blue.
  27. Dave Fellingham

    I got the last PM on FB from Dave a little over a year ago.
  28. Ship in Bottle info Request

    The black white red flag looks like the German merchant used from 1860-1900 (Wikipedia search ) . Russian for that period is white blue red. The bottle looks like an old wine based on the large punt for collecting sediment...though late 1800 scotch bottles had a minor punt. With the air bubbles in the glass, bottle is most likely late-1800's. Historically, numerous clipper ships for Hamburg-based companies were built in England and Scotland with many having iron hulls. In addition to trade, many Hamburg vessels were immigrant ships to America. A very old piece, Daniel , probably made pre-1900. WOW !!!
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