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  1. Have a look at some of the Models Shipbuilder shows on the site. I'm sure he has mentioned some books etc, plus his own website and publications have a wealth of information in them. John Bowen's books Miniature Merchant Ships (ISBN 0-85177-659-0) and More Miniature Merchant Ships ((ISBN 0-85177-936-0) have a lot of plans in them, plus details and techniques for building them. Alan
  2. External hidden hinges! Superb idea. Thanks for sharing John. Alan
  3. Thanks for the like and a the link - I hadn't come across that blog before. It was the article on the City of Adelaide that caught my attention. I had the chance to look over the hull a good number of years a go when it was beached at the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine, unfortunately it was a 'Oh look at that - lets stop and get close' so no camera. Shortly after that politics kicked in over who owned it, who owned the land it was on etc and took years to sort out. I remember it doing a tour of some UK ports, Sunderland among them, and which wanted to restore itself as it was barged to Australia. I sort of stopped looking at updates after that. Their website used to have a PDF of a paper cut out City Of Adelade to be put into a bottle - it was for kids as the bottle is a plastic fruit juice bottle and the Sib is put in by taking the bottom of and then covering the cut with tape. Still, it may get some youngsters started in SIBing. Alan
  4. Copying this link from NRG site https://thechive-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/thechive.com/2017/03/21/norwegian-sailors-sing-awesome-sea-shanty-as-they-pull-into-port-video/amp/?amp_js_v=9 Alan
  5. If it wasn't for the figure, that photo could be of a real boat! Alan
  6. Charlie, Personally, I would choose the thickness depending on the scale of the SIB, and the particular part of the rigging, One of the problems I've encountered with threads is that each manufacturer seems to have their own method of description for thickness, number of threads, etc.so its hard to know off the reel the size. If you are unsure of the thickness, then get a thin piece of dowel, mark two lines round the circumference a known distance apart, say 2 mm, wind on your thread between the marks, counting the turns, then divide the number of turns into the 2 mm to give thread diameter (within limits). You may want to have a look at http://restore-products.co.uk/ecommerce/product/ultrafyne_polyester_120_s_sewing_threads/ I know they are the wrong side of the pond for you, but the thread is thin. Best Alan
  7. 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
  8. Just a quick update - hull taking shape. Alan
  9. another very nice model Alan
  10. Some nice miniature work there Alan
  11. some novel ways of supporting the model during work Alan
  12. All, I mentioned under the 'Archibald Russell' build log I had extended a multi-meter probe for use as a thread grabber in the bottle. PDF of the method attached. Sorry some of the phots are blurred a bit. best Alan Thread gripper.pdf
  13. Alex, Very nice SIB and write up. I was interested in the meter probes you use to weight the rigging lines. I started doing similar a while ago, using a sort of colour code, red ones for port lines, green for stbd, black for stays, and so on. A bit of masking tape further identifies them. I also extended one for use as a 'grabber' for use 'in the bottle'. I'll post details elsewhere on the site. Thanks for sharing Alan
  14. The only nasty comments I have experienced have been from me directed at me - for example, I mentioned in another thread my practise SIB, is now on its 6th or 7th set of masts. Well, it is now on its 7th or 8th set because I dropped it this morning, and just like buttered toast, it landed wrong side down. The air was blue! welcome on board Alan