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  3. Nearly finished now, but I am getting quite tired of it. It has been dragging on since November - far too long! Bob
  4. Very Impressive. Especially those detailed shrouds and rat lines. I'm going to copy your technique.
  5. Hi everyone! Next small progress
  6. Hi Daniel! Great work! I think that next time we will be able to see her in the bottle. Good luck and success to you in this crucial stage! Best Regards! Igor.
  7. Great work on both models.
  8. Yes, Very much like Polly Woodside, but a lot larger, with same general design and rig. Bob
  9. Lovely work. Looks very much like the"Polly Woodside" in Melbourne Australia.
  10. Thanks ever so much for the link, Sapper, pretty well exactly what I was looking for and then some, even found a nifty little article from Popular Mechanics on how to do a submerged submarine in bottle! I've done a sub already, but it was on the surface as I was still puzzling out how to make it look like it was underwater at the time, which the article handily provided. Another resource I've come across on my own is Shipbucket. It's technically a site about making color profile drawings of ships using computer programs like Paint to a set scale and format. Mostly about military ships, but there is a large collection of merchant ships from many nations, and the list keeps getting bigger all the time. On the downside, there's only the side view for most of them, but for most ships I think that'll do, can always supplement the profile with photos and other reference material if I can find it to see what the ship looks like from the top down and from the other angles. I'll be looking into acquiring some of the books that have been mentioned as the ol' budget and time allows, for they sound great and they'd be neat books to have even if I don't get around to making all the ships in them. Thanks again, lads! --- Igor, The Brendan Voyage huh? I suppose that would be about Brendan the Navigator (no relation, more's the pity!) then? Brought a smile to my face all the same, and I certainly appreciate you going to the trouble of looking through your archives, thanks very much! Brendan O.
  11. OK, Brendan! I will try to find in my archives something helpful. P.S. There is the book "The Brendan woyage" in my home library.
  12. The question has been answered in full! There is a bottomless pit of plans of merchant ships out there. The books by John Bowen, Waine Research Publications, P N Thomas etc are stuffed full of plans. Numerous other books and journals as well! They can be obtained by searching http://www.bookfinder.com or even Ebay. Here is Politician, buit from a plan from a John Bowen book! Here is a Utube presentation of how I built the model: https://youtu.be/dbKlh_aa9r4 Bob
  13. Hello Igor, Really I'm into all types, so any plans/drawings I could get to work off of would be great! I confess my absolute favorites to make are liners, but in general I find it's very much a "all Titanic, all the time" sort of market. Nothing wrong with that, per se, the Titanic is one of my favorites, and I've done several SIBs of her, but it gets a little boring doing the same ship over and over again, and I'd like to have a diverse selection of ships available to choose from to put up in my shop on Etsy.com, and I find that the humble steam or diesel merchantmen just don't seem to get a lot of love in regards to making SIB's. That's why I've shied away from doing sailing ships to a degree, it's not that I can't do them, it's just that's what everyone else who makes SIB's seems to primarily be doing, and I'd just like to do something different. As I mentioned above, I'm open to anything from the dawn of the steam era right up until containerization started coming into play and the ships started getting to looking like big identical breadboxes, for I'd like to shine a bit of a light onto the "working joes" of the sea-lanes and the rivers who did the lions' share of the work back in the 20th century before jet aircraft came into the picture, with special attention going to "oddballs" like the lightships and the N.S. Savannah . Big ships, little ships, work-boats, river craft, it doesn't matter. If there's a plan or some good profile views, I'd like to take a crack at making it. Cheers, Brendan O. P.S. I'd also like to say thank-you to everybody who's answered this posting so far, you guys are awesome! Keep 'em coming!
  14. Some one gave me this today. I guess not a sib buy related and whimsical.
  15. Tramp steamer Framlington Court. Bob
  16. Google Solid Model Memories and scroll down to Marine Miniatures, also Modelcraft. There are some merchants on those files. Regards Sapper
  17. Then I began to make the mast elements
  18. Hi everyone! So, here you can see some more small updates in this project. First of all, I continued working with deck houses
  19. Hi Shipwright1912! Which type of ships of the 20th century are you interested in? I'm not a very big fan of modern ships, but in my collection there are some drawings of steamboats, icebreakers, tugboats, etc. Best Regards! Igor.
  20. Hello Shipwright1912! For several months I am studying the properties and methods of working with a two-component silicone. One of my current projects also requires a transparent sea to see the underwater elements of the composition. Best Regards! Igor.
  21. Hi Roonil! Sometimes it is quite difficult to find drawings of a particular ship. But usually there are no problems to find drawings of known ships, including the theoretical drawing of the hull, side views and from above, details of some individual elements. I think, first you can decide model which of the type of ship you want to make. Then it will be easier for you to find the necessary drawings and additional information. Best Regards! Igor.
  22. I like the Blizzard test. Good name for it.
  23. Try museum websites. This one's a good one. You can view all of the plans and order if needed. The photo sizes are big enough as is for our hobby though. http://www.rmg.co.uk/shop/ship-plan-prints-scanning I've heard the Smithsonian has a good selection too.
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