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  1. Moving along slowly, but surely. 18 winches made and fitted, two more warping winches to make and fit, and then onto more deck details - lifeboats, ventilators, ladders, rails, samson posts, mast, derricks, rigging, names, anchors, mooring bits, navigation lights. Bob
  2. I have now made the 14 small cargo winches. It took about three hours, spread over three days to do this. They look a bit rough close-up, but on the model, they look fine. I now need to make two large winches, two warping winches and the anchor windlass. Not very difficult, but a bit tedious making all those small parts, and then assembling and painting them. In the image above, I have not yet fitted the winches. Bob
  3. The white side plating round the sides is white sytrene sheet stuck on. The accommodation is wood, faced with white styrene sheet so I don't have to paint it. Bob
  4. A bit more progress. Bob
  5. 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
  6. RMS St. Helena - Bob
  7. 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
  8. There is plenty about Ralph Preston on the internet if you put Ralph Preston bottle models in Google. Here is a Utube link: 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
  9. Thanks, Yes, it does resemble Scottish Maid, I never thought of that before. The painted ports are the main difference. Bob
  10. British topsail schooner Ann, 1852. Bob
  11. It is all looking a lot smarter now. Without hinges in the masts, I would imagine it will be quite a dificult task to fit them, especially when all the numerous deck fittings are in place. Bob
  12. Scratchbuilt from plans in book Schooner Sunset. Bob
  13. Here is a very small model of the Berwick Law under full sail. This was built to the much smaller scale of 50 feet to 1 inch and only took about 24 hours to build, spread over a few days. I didn't bother with ratlines at all, but it is not really noticeable. The upper spars are a bit too thick, but an attractive model nevertheless! I know a lot of you work to much smaller scales than this, but 50 feet to 1 inch (1:600) is about my limit for miniatures. I have tried smaller scales, but without much success! Bob
  14. Very nice! Complicated build for a bottle. Here is my much larger Archibald Russell at 25 feet to 1 inch (1:300). One valuable tip that will work for a SIB regards the painted ports and the black stripe underneath. The white band was cut from a sheet of good quality paper and the black stripe ruled on with black ink. The painted ports were small squares of black carbon paper cut out and stuck on with the black uppermost. The band, complete with painted ports and black stripe was then stuck on the hull. It makes a very neat job and is OK for all scales. Bob
  15. The masts and spars vary in thickness depending on the model, but as they are made of metal, I can make then a lot thinner than wooden ones. Real sailing ships would not even stand up if their masts were too thick. A mast with a diameter of 2 feet at the deck level would only be 1/16th of an inch in a 32 feet to 1 inch scale model (1:384). I have no idea where Dave is. Bob