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  1. 6 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    First coat.
  2. 6 points
    JerseyCity Frankie

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    I got Ramillies into the bottle this morning! Whew. It’s late October. In fact it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar today here in 2018 ! You will recall that HMS Ramillies commander at the Battle of Stonington was a very significant figure at Trafalgar so I’m very pleased I got her into the bottle on this day. I’m too cheap to turn my heat on yet so this means my plasticine sea is not amenable to grabbing onto the models hull. So I’ve not reached the end of the project but this is a good point to stop and photograph and post. Happy Trafalgar Day everyone.
  3. 6 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    So that was very fiddly! But we'll worth it, thanks for the advice. ?
  4. 6 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Started to paint, using a mixture this time of acrylics and enamels. This is a nightmare for me as I've not got a steady hand! So will need a few touch ups here and there. Not looking forward to doing the black as the lines will have to be super straight for it to look right, any tips? ?
  5. 5 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Busy Saturday night, yards and shrouds nearly done.
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    Onni

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Nice work James. Black lines are difficult. I usually use loads of masking tape and black spray paint but it can be a bit hit and miss affair.Some people just use black cotton glued to the hull which is probably a possible solution on a small model.
  8. 2 points
    James w rogers

    Bottle selection.

    Have purchased a few bottles of rum lately to use for my projects later or sooner depending how thirsty I get, but now some ? OK all are empty I find they are quite distorted to look through! My question is, therefore, how much do you think is acceptable before it ruins the visual effects of the model inside? Or is a bit of distortion acceptable to make it appear to look older than it really is? If you want it to look antique, which is the overall effect I prefer. ?
  9. 2 points
    Onni

    Bottle selection.

    Personally speaking I find a bottle with a bit of distortion has a certain charm to it but if the glass is too thick or makes the ship inside the bottle appear to be a bit blurred then it's not really acceptable. I have heard that some people get their bottles from a pharmacy because those bottles have much clearer glass and of course are usually larger.
  10. 2 points
    Jeff B

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Very nice!
  11. 2 points
    bluenoser

    Coffee/Tea Sails

    Thanks I try that Seems less work that what is in the books. Reguards, rolllie
  12. 2 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    That's much appreciated, thanks for the replies, I'll definitely be trying the glued thread which also solves the problem I had trying to make the strip that runs along the Hull! ?
  13. 2 points
    JesseLee

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    I would suggest gluing black thread or cut cotton strips. You can get different size threads or if even a larger thread is not wide enough you can cut strips of black paper. There is also modeling pinstripe tape. Jesse
  14. 2 points
    JerseyCity Frankie

    What's on your workbench?

    I’m doing two SIBs at once. One is HMS Ramillies and I’ve got a build log going for her here on BSB. But the second one has no build log, it’s a three masted barkentine with no name and here is her photo. I’m enjoying doing two ships at the same time since some aspects of the project can be done simultaneously and thus are more efficient- like melting and pouring the plasticine sea material. Otherwise it’s good to be able to turn away from one project as it gets stale and go to the other project the following day, alternating. The square rigged warship is done but not inserted and I’ve got half the sails yet to bend on to the barkentine.they should both be complete within a week. Then you likely won’t see me on this website for a while as I will return to my larger, static, not SIB Model Shipways Brig Niagara. So you see in the bigger picture of my modeling life I am also alternating between projects: I built the Niagara to the point of completing the hull and deck furniture and stopped to do these two SIBmodels and when they are complete I will return to Niagara to begin spars and rigging, which will take a long time. Alternating between project helps me to stay enthusiastic about each and not become bored with either.
  15. 2 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Crosstrees fitted, will shape them so they curve upwards when the glue is dry.
  16. 2 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Making futtocks. set some cereal box hard by soaking in superglue, then drilled holes for mast and cut and sanded to shape and glued in place. Just wish I'd tried it on my last build, so much easier!
  17. 2 points
    James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    As its my 3rd ship I thought I'd better make a concerted effort and add more details.
  18. 1 point
    Weege

    SS First Attempt

    I don't have any plans to go by I just used the illustrations in the books I've found, I realize this needs quite a bit of work but i'm thrilled with th way it's turning out so far, and i'm hooked on this the learning curve is pretty steep but i'm working my way up, everyone here has been great
  19. 1 point
    Jeff B

    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    Excellent!
  20. 1 point
    Onni

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Nice one Frankie. I think a lot of British people would find it difficult to remember the actual date of Trafalgar.
  21. 1 point
    bluenoser

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Was going to ask earlier. What kind of wood is that?
  22. 1 point
    exwafoo

    International Ship in a Bottle Day

    All Have a good one. Alan
  23. 1 point
    Weege

    Permission to come aboard!

    Hi my name is Lou I live in Lewes Delaware, I'm 68 years old. First I would like to thank you for the website, I am new to all this, I have built R/C planes and gliders from kits and from scratch and have always loved the building part much more than the flying part, I have many hobbies as my wife reminds me from time to time, I stumbled onto ships in bottles and though I would try it, well wow I'm hooked. So far I have four hulls started but every time I get it close to bottling I see an article and say to myself that would look better so I start again I have learned a great deal and still have miles to go but I really do enjoy the hobby. I chose a gallon wine jug so I'm not working on the smallest level, I chose a two masted schooner no name but little bits of all the ones I see in the forum and books, I hope to post some pictures next time, just a though I also have turned wooden pens on my lathe and the pen blanks are the perfect size for some of the hulls they come in many different hardwoods and some pretty exotic stuff not too expensive. I'm afraid I may have a million questions so please bear with me, some day I hope to be able to answer some for someone else.
  24. 1 point
    Greetings Igor, All one can say is WOW! It's all so incredibly realistic looking, one almost expects the old man and shark to start moving. Excellent work my friend! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  25. 1 point
    DSiemens

    Flags.

    I paste the photo into word or Photoshop and resize them until they are right. I hate wasting paper so I'll print several sizes on one page and pick the one that works. I can save the rest for future ships.
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