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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Thanks I am kept from building SIBs by the unavoidable nature of the process! I have very little patience, and spending hours fiddling about through the neck of a bottle would not give me any pleasure at all - more like frustration. Wire rigging cannot be made fold down and up again without looking awful, and I doubt if I could ever get a sea into a bottle in a satisfactory manner. Rigging a SIB by conventional means seems to require the masts and spars to be too thick for my liking, probably as they have to have holes drilled through them, and need the added strength. I have made two or three SIB in years gone by, but on each occasion, I cut the bottoms off the bottles, and put them back after the ship was in, disguising the join with fancy ropework. But another annoying thing was the distortion caused by the glass (I used gin bottles). I know you can get really perfect bottles if you pay for them, or use light bulbs, or even old radio valves. But I just prefer the easier option of making them in display cases. But that does not stop me appreciating what ship bottlers achieve. For some time, I have been wondering where Dave Fellingham has gone - as his SIB was most impressive. A major problem with me would be the apparent time required - my patience wears thin very quickly! Bob
  5. 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) - Scratchbuilt - Bob
  6. This is my weak point - no patience whatsoever! Bob
  7. It was an experimental sea. It was a piece of soft sign-writing plastic that I made shallow grooves in with a metal roller, and then spray painted. OK for calm seas with ships at anchor. Bob
  8. What does "winging it" mean? Bob
  9. Everard's coaster. Austerity. Bob
  10. The small trading barque Belle of Lagos. Scratchbuilt. 20 feet to 1 inch (1:240). Building time , 42 hours, including display case and carrying case. Bob
  11. I have been at it again, and this time, I took an image of my model of the tea clipper Norman Court, under full sail, built to a scale of 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) and put it in a calm sea, and called it "becalmed!" Bob
  12. After an awful lot of experimenting, I have now found out how to save the files. Here is a 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) model of the steel barque East African. Bob
  13. Very unlilely that they had hammocks in the forecastle, as I have never heard of hammocks in merchant ships of any nationality, and most of the forecastle was open to the elements anyway. The enclosed spaces behind the forecastle portholes were far too small to take either bunks or hammocks! But however it was arranged, I doubt if anyone will notice. Ships altered so much over their lives, I never even try to show models at any specific time. I stick as close to the plan as possible, thus depicting the ship "as built!" Preussen didn't really last long enought to be altered much! My models are often described by others as "perfect in every detail," but this never has, and never will be, true! I am a long way from being a purist, but it helps if anyone queries things to be able to say, "well, it's built according to the plan!" On models of passenger liners, I often have to be content with guessing the porthole positions, as they don't always show them on both sides, but I don't recall anyone ever saying they were wrong! Bob
  14. I thought there must be some reason, although I would always go by the plan rather than someone else's model. According to my plan, there is no living accommodation in the forecastle anyway. On the starboard side (pictured above), the portholes left to right open into the lamp room, washbasins, bath and WC, (four rooms) with the fifth porthole at the front opening into the forecastle itself. But as you say, the porholes are so tiny, it will not matter anyway as hardly anyone will see them. Bob
  15. The porthole spacing on the forecastle is different to that shown on the plan! Is there a reason for this? Bob