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    Hi guys! Believe or not, first idea to make a SIB came to me about 30-35 years ago when bought a book in Polish: Flota butelkowa. Means A Bottle Fleet. And started to do a three mast schooner at that time. Finished it two years ago. It nice and quite hobby which demands a lot of skills. I believe that you agree with me, don’t you? Well… few weeks ago finished my second model (see pic) and going to do next. Hope that you will give advices along my job and we will have fun together. New project is a stage of crystallisation. 😉
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    Thank you, Arup! Thank you, Mr. S., taking a look at what I'm doing here. I'm quite honored to read your opinion of what I've accomplished. I have a cork for the bottle but it needs to be sized to fit. However, I'm not going to let that get in the way of posting this!
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    James w rogers

    Ahoy shipmates!

    Thanks for the add to your great forum, been admiring all your great work and decided to have a go myself. So here is my first attempt, Bit rough round the edges but it’s been a head scratching experience to say the least! Bigger bottle next time I think!
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    My first SIB: Dimond

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    Repairs inside the bottle

    While working on the Dimond project, a threading loop on the port side bow was inadvertently yanked out. The loop was connected to a thread that exited at the base of the bow along with all the other threads. It was to be used for controlling a bowsprit brace from outside of the bottle. Here are two pics showing it beforehand. I didn’t want to lose an adjustment point that loop provided so I decided to place looped wire there for attaching the brace to. These photos show how I carried the wire to the bow and placed it in the hole. This depiction was after the initial repair was made. Here’s the stiff paper holder with the carrying wire being taped to it along with the wire peg and thread. The wire peg is in place on the holder and held there by tensioning the thread that will be used as the brace. This causes the wire peg to pivot forward and it is then carried to the bow and placed in the hole.
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    James w rogers

    Started build no.2

    Hopefully it will look like the cutty sark! Lots of head scratching to come plus I hate cutting them to fit through neck, nail-biting stuff!
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    Installation of main sail ...
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    Making of the front sail.
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    Deadeyes...I made round blanks. Glued them in pairs. Then I sanded them with the sandpaper and attached the guys. Then I drilled holes.
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    Between the matter I cut a couple of oars and tried the figurines :).Because my bottle does not allow to make a version with oars, the oars will just lie in the boat, but I will have to make a mast with a sail.
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    In my case, bad things happen at any pace! One thing I'm facing is being able to create enough tension on the bowsprit forestays to move the foremast slightly forward for the purpose of tightening the foremast yard braces. The foremast would need to move only 1 or 2 mm for that. This is where the bobstays will do their part. Here, the control lines are being separated for the big cut. After this was done, the bowsprit was kept as shown while I was fitting the sea. That involved a lot of insertion and removal of the pair of sea halves and it was a lot quicker this way. All done.
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    What's on your workbench?

    Thank you, Onni! In this project, I used a two-component silicone to make the basis of the sea and a clear acrylic gel to simulate a slight ripple on the surface of the water.
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    What's on your workbench?

    In progress...
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    Hello to all!One of my current projects is a boat in a bottle.As a basis, I took a set for the construction of a boat from LAK-Design. This boat is on the 91st scale, but I plan to place a crew there, so it will be adapted to the 72nd scale.So, a pair of keel frames from the pear 0.7-0.8 mm was prepared in advance and I proceeded to assemble this kit.First I prepared a "skeleton" from a double keel frame, frames and conductor.
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    Then I again disassembled the entire structure to continue working with the hull of the boat. Here the mast with sails is almost complete.
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    First, for the assembly of the model, I glued a double-sided scotch to the boat support onto the timber bar. Then I realized that it's easier to make another normal slipway
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    The next stage is the making of the mast attachment to the bench. Staples of thin sheet brass. Pins made of wire with glued washers.
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    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    I got a chance to open up a light bulb yesterday. My buddy at work has collected various commercial halogen/incandescent bulbs for me. I used the method Greg Alvey talks about on his website to open a bulb with Muriatic acid. Because the inside is of a blown glass that seals a secondary bulb this was quite a feat! I had soaked the socket for 24 hours and then had to bust out the part where it screws into the fixture. Then re-soak to melt out the special glue that holds the socket in place. The glue was nasty, to say the least! Then once that was removed I used my Dremel with a dentist's diamond drill to go around the circumference to saw off the end. Once the end was removed I had to carefully bust out the filament end and remove the guts. The result is the last picture of the bulb sitting in my lap! I'll have to fabricate a little wooden piece to build up the end of the socket (paint it black and then glue on the metal contact) as that part was destroyed in the process.
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    This is another model in my living room. She is a side wheel steamship by the name Santa Clara. My apologies, tbese are about 5 feet long each however they fit the thread title somewhat.
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    This model is in my living room She is the "Sovereign of the Seas" at some point I will have her restored but it is a wonderful model that is very beautifully detailed.
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    What's different about this step is that the lines are static and the spar is slowly pushed "through" them. So far I haven't found an errant touch of dried adhesive along the path.
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    As a followup, the above line was replaced. I've been working aft to stern making adjustments and cleaning the inside of the bottle. All of the threading with the bowsprit is done outside of the bottle and it's ready to go in. In the bottle, my initial threading plan for the bowsprit called for single line threading. It would have been complicated (but not impossible) to coax thread through the holes and would have involved delicate trimming. However, after putting the bowsprit in the support, I pictured a different scenario that will be much easier to accomplish. I broke the threads up in sections and now the trimming points will be easier to access. Start of the threading: Overall view.