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  1. 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
  2. RMS St. Helena - Bob
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Thanks, Yes, it does resemble Scottish Maid, I never thought of that before. The painted ports are the main difference. Bob
  6. British topsail schooner Ann, 1852. Bob
  7. 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
  8. Scratchbuilt from plans in book Schooner Sunset. Bob
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) - Scratchbuilt - Bob
  14. This is my weak point - no patience whatsoever! Bob
  15. 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