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    Some progress photos of S/Y Endurance as she appeared on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. By far one of my favorite ships. Im stopped right now as I'm waiting on my rigging wire to continue
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    Finally, the building of the model has been completed
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    All finished, She was begging for an icy diorama.
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    Sails added. I found some rigging wire indodnt know I had, just enough to finish her. Some progress:
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    I began this cargo liner in November. Scale 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) Because she was such a big ship, the hull is 18 inches long overall, even at this small scale. Not going in a bottle, of course, couldn't manage that! Usually, I can build something like this within four or five weeks, but in this case, I lost interst shortly after starting. With the better weather, and lighter afternoons, my interest has revived. I have almost completed the bridge section now. I hope it will move along a bit faster now. Bob
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    Now the building is almost completed. I'm going to put on the deck of a few bunches of firewood. And I need to come up anything with the stopper and the stand. And now you can see few total photos of the model.
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    Scratchbuilt from plans in book Schooner Sunset. Bob
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    Today I managed to get the port side bulwark on and primed. Once the paint dries overnight I’ll get out some 600 grit and work towards 2000 to polish out the imperfections and get things nice and smooth. I am leaning towards using some paper on the hull to depict the plating on the Preussen. Note sure how crazy I am going to get here. Also some paper gussets to hold the main rails to the bulwarks are up soon. I have been thinking about starting on the masts and yards and in particular how I want to secure the ratlines, back-stays and fore-stays. Everything has to come apart before she goes into the bottle so I have to put on my Engineers hat and figure this out in more detail. McCaffery’s below and Underhill’s book has been some inspiration as of late. Lots of work ahead ... Jeff
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    Dan, I've done some more work and had a start on the masts. The hull is split, you can see the blocks in the photo above with the elastic bands, and in the enclosed phots. The little stand is only a temporary thing. The masts are 1.5 mm thick at present, although the perspective of the maco shot makes them look thicker. Alan
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    British topsail schooner Ann, 1852. Bob
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    Then I needed only to fix the rigging with glue and to cut the ends of the threads, to install the bottle on the stand and to close the cork.
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    Got a chance to do a little work so here is an update. The first photograph shows what the endgame will look like. I am trying to stuff as much detail into the forecastle area as humanly possible. I have the two marker light reflectors built and installed and working on the marker lights. Two chicken coups are built as well. I turned the domes from 1.5mm solid brass and they are glued to 1.5mm brass pipe. "GS Hypo Cement works wonders here." Next shot is my lathe set up turning a dome. Next two shots are the reflectors built and installed respectively port and starboard. I built a special tool for sanding and profiling out of an old hacksaw. Works good and I can super glue any type of grit onto it as my heart desires. Next shot shows a dome glued onto a pipe. I also filed a notch into it which will later show the glass part that covers the marker light on the real ship. Next two shots shows a ring fabricated out of Extra Fine copper wire. A bit of fiddling here! Last shot shows the ring glued onto the lower part of dome. Notice the notch below the ring? I have to build the light bezel and cover next. Slow going here but its enjoying just the same. Just like watchmaking almost! LOL..... Jeff
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    All, I've started on my Black Pearl SIB at last. Its a gift for my daughter when she graduates this coming summer with a MA in Special Effects. There are a number of film series that are very popular with the students and Pirates of the Caribbean is one of them, especially with my daughters group. I actually started last year with research into plans, not surprisingly there is very little of any use out there. I found a drawing (below) of the prop itself but nothing really helpful. So I set about drafting up my own. I used Powerpoint Draw facility as I know how to use it (and have promised myself to learn CAD this year) based on the prop drawing, sketches from stills and freeze frame of the DVDs. The rigging I put together from research into ships of the time. The actual powerpoint drawing is fairly detailed, but the one shrunk for inclusion below doesn't show this It just has to go into a Kracken Rum Bottle. I know its not the first time this has been done, but its still a good idea. This dictates the size of the SIB, the neck internal diameter is 18 mm so the hull will have to be segmented. I've got as far as preparing the hull blank. I've used Ramin, its similar to Obeche in use. Its pieces of 12 x 12 mm strip, drilled and pegged for location with a 1 mm strip in the centre for reference and the keel, etc. Just waiting for a break in the weather (raining heavily) so I can set up my sander outside and start making dust to take the blank down to size. This probably won't be a fast build, I want to try and get it as good as I can. There are some bits of the Pearl that stand out and I'll have a go at - the ridiculously large stern lanterns, the figurehead, the capstan centred around the mainmast (who thought of that!!??) and of course one 'Undead Monkey' - that will probably be a blob of paint. All for now Alan
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    So, I was going to fix the back of the mast and its standing rigging, and then install and fix running rigging... But it turned out that the guys on the one hand have been set incorrectly. I had to pull out the mast and do everything over again. Then I set the running rigging too. These temporary loops did their job. And than after yet another validation, I just had to fix them with glue and trim the excess ends.
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    Ahoy everybody! My name is Brendan O'Rourke, I hail from the state of Missouri in the United States, and I've been "hittin' the auld bottle" for a little over a year now, perhaps a bit of an irony since I've been a lifelong teetotaler and I've never even seen the ocean, much less a ship, in person before. I caught the bug by watching Jim Goodwin, a professional SIB modeller, demonstrate the craft one fine Sunday morning on television, and after seeing him go through the motions, I thought to myself, "I'm going to have a go doing that. How hard can it be?" and then I embarked on making a SIB of the RMS Queen Mary. Famous last words! In short, I found out it's actually quite hard, and the end result of my first foray into making fleets in a flask was quite crude, but nonetheless I hunkered down and stuck with it, and with each one I make, I seem to get a little better each time. Although, I don't consider myself a professional by any means, I have had a modicum of success selling my SIB's online on Etsy.com, where I run an online shop selling them as well as other little knick-knacks I make, and I also like to make SIB's as special presents for friends and family. To date, I've made about a dozen ships, most of them steamships, especially ocean liners, as I'm a bit of a steam nut and the liners are my favorite kinds of ship, but I've also enjoyed making more unusual things, such as a submarine in a bottle (USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, to be exact), a school bus in a bottle, a vintage fire engine in a bottle, even a small recreation of the sea battle scene from H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds". In all this time, I've yet to actually make a traditional sailing ship, the sort of ship everybody thinks of when they think of the ship in a bottle, not for want of will, indeed I'm getting ready to have a stab at making a few to change things up a little, but mainly I've shied away from making them because there are so many out there already... In any case, I'm delighted to have come across this forum, and I look forward to hearing from you all! Yours sincerely, Brendan O. (AKA Shipwright1912) Where it all began for me...(R.M.S.Queen Mary) My All Time Favorite of all the SIB's I've made, S.S. United States (may she be saved from the scrappers!)
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    Well, I finally fixed and cut the last thread. I can relax and take a photo of the model with her spars and rigging through the bottle wall. Now, I still have time to clean the inside of the bottle, finalize the design of the cork, and other things associated with the blockage of the bottle.
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    Hi, For my first project I decided to try a small sloop. I found a nice 50 ml bottle and the results of my efforts are documented in the pictures below. I could not have completed this project without the great resources this site provides. Walter
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    Thought you guys would enjoy this. These are the 3d printed hulls for S/Y Endurance I commissioned a while back from a wonderful gentleman on Shapeways. The larger one is 1/350 and is the one I'm going to work on next following my IJN Maya build. I commissioned these around the time of my 1/700 Endurance scratch build started and they just arrived. They look stunning. I really think 3d printing is the way of the future for scale models. I bought the 1/700 hull too because I couldn't pass it up, even though I had my own under construction. I may sell it at some point, as I don't really need 3 Endurance models. If anyone has a burning desire for it, contact me and we can talk. Here is the link for models if you want the hull in 1/350 or 1/300 even. https://www.shapeways.com/product/CSVECWYA8/barquentine-quot-endurance-quot?li=shareProduct enjoy!
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    On a different forum someone was talking about a couple of chinese sites that have USA warehouses and sell great RC cars. So I went to the site and looked around. They sell, for a different purpose, a (roughly) 6" high light bulb for growing plants. Of course re-purposing that was the first thing on my mind... http://www.gearbest.com/pots-planters/pp_308005.html? It only costs $4.36 and is flat on the bottom so it can stand upright. Clever reuse of light bulb factories. Photos are swiped from the reviews.
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    Last few days I had a chance to get to it. Starboard bulwark installed and primed. I built a tool rest for the mini lathe and a new addition a mini grinder/sander/ jack of all trades. I also scratched out the 5 masts ready to be soldered. The mini grinder was wonderful for this project. I had this old 4.8 volt rechargeable type of Dremel rotary tool from Sears Craftsman. I threw away the recharging station and battery pack as they both sucked! I wired it in directly to my power pack and rheostat. Go to go! Pictures as follows ... Jeff
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    Today I spent a little time on the marker lights but focused more on test fitting the seas and test fitting the hull. I made a few decisions on moving forward. I decided to build the model “Ralph Preston style” so I can get more detail into the model regarding the running rigging etc. Each of the 5 masts will be inserted separately moving from stern to stem one at a time. I had to build a special insertion tool today to test fit the upper deck section of the hull to the lower part of hull as there are two parts to this hull build. Tool fits into hole where bowsprit goes. This way I can reduce the amount of lines to mess with coming out of the bottle neck so each mast, yards, rigging etc. are in modules. So there will be no folding masts utilizing the Hinkley hinge as most builders tend to do. The build will take longer however I am in no rush whatsoever. So that's it... Steady as she goes!
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    Hi, WinchesterM97! Welcome aboard! I do not think you should worry about the rude and unnecessary comments. Each of us had once made his first model and continues to learn and try. As I see it, you can draw the complete plan of your ship and assess the degree of filling of the internal volume of the bottle. In addition, the hull of the model you can make from more parts. I do not have the experience of the wood's carving, but it seems to me, it is quite difficult art, in which is difficult to correct mistakes. I ordered a set of incisors and I hope to get it soon. Then I'll try. Have you any photo yuor works? Best Regards! Igor.
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    .... continued from last post. Cheers and Merry Christmas, Danny
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    Hi all, Just had a bit of fun. I built a Stepladder for my Tool-Mad 4-year-old grandson. Just to be a bit different I put it in a beer bottle . The ladder is 40mm wide in both directions, and the bottle neck is only 20mm. Cheers, Danny
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    Decided to do a little experiment to see how difficult it really is to do some of the more complex items in the mining bottles. For the first experiment I tried a version of the wheel in the Buchinger bottle. The bottle used for the experiment is 5 inches / 127 mm, outside diameter, with a neck ID of 1.060 inches / 27 mm. The wheel is six spoked, 4 inches / 102 mm OD, made in three segments. Components for the wheel ready to go into the bottle. I dug up a digital stop-watch to time their assembly inside the bottle. Time starts after I move the camera and tripod aside and put the bottle on the work bench. Time stops when the wheel is assembled and hanging by a thread. Assembled wheel hanging by a thread. I was surprised at how quick the assembly went. I photo-shopped the stop watch showing the elapsed time into this photo. Although I have made spoked wheels to go into a bottle - they were small enough to pass through the neck whole - I have never assembled one inside a bottle and had no idea how to do it. While digitally sketching the wheel, I had an idea, sketched it out and saw it would work, at least in theory. I think the technique is self-explanatory.
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    Greetings, Keep in mind that fly tying thread is meant for a different purpose. Although I use it all the time, thing is it is not round in diameter like sewing thread, has very little twist overall. Any size smaller than 8/0 is just thinner in cross section one way, but just about the same width, if you get my meaning, because it is flat. Fly tying threads are designed that way to have a wide footprint for holding hackle and body material, without adding a lot of thickness to the fly body with multiple wraps to add in additional material. Still, about the thinnest threads you can find for SIB building. I tend to use threads that are single fiber when working on the smallest sizes, believe they are known as mono threads. Hope that helps! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
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    I have now made more progress with the hatches, deckhouses, and after accommodation fitted. Also fitted the side stanchions on the port side of the after accommodation this morning. This one is taking an age to build - have been at it since November, but didn't do anything at all on it for over three months Bob
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    Next small update - knife of old man ... ... for the cutting sausage with cucumber slice ... ... to cut of tuna or... that to harpoon the shark ...
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    Then I prepared the rear mast and set it in place.On this moment I decided to make a break in the work, because I needed more time to carefully check the rigging and then finally I will to fix the mast and its rigging.
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    Shrouds ... I decided to use some photo-etched parts for making of the shrouds.
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    Then I began to make masts and booms
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    The third attempt... It seems something like a ladder... :)
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    Then I made another element of the deck - the steam winch.
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    As a result, the boats began to look like this
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    Now I just had to finish the second boat
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    Then I made a guard railing for the captain's bridge.
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    And so looks the forward sails and them rigging
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    Hi Mike! Thank you for your feedback! No, no, I do not use this method. There are the holes in the deck. I move the masts apart from the hull and then I just put the masts in the holes and pull the rigging.
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    There is plenty about Ralph Preston on the internet if you put Ralph Preston bottle models in Google. Here is a Utube link: https://youtu.be/b69tPHEDIqU He used very big bottles. He must have had an awful lot of patience. I could not even contemplate attempting such a project on any scale! Bob
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    I think the fun in this type of modeling is in the painting, which Joe is incredibly good at. There is fine work to be done too. I don't see anything wrong with 3d printing. It is a different medium and one I've explored a little but haven't gotten into. For parts as small as I need them it's expensive. I did manage to get some cannons though.
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    Then I moved the top part of the hull into the bottle
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    Thank you for all the ideals you guys/gals have given me. I been busy for the past couple of weeks due to maple syrup, not running quite just yet but trees are tapped and equipment cleaned up. I wasn't able to work on the sib much at all, until last couple of nights. Mostly finishing cuts before details. During this time I was able to explore the forums abit and see how others tackle the project. Lots of techniques, found some interesting ones especially your seas IgorSky, I found your how to pdf file and I'm going give it a try, I'm guessing hobby lobby for epoxy resin. Just also order myself a set of medical pliers after realizing my finger aint to good at holding and placing toothpick size pieces, those should be here soon. Well a progress photo of the build.