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  1. 9 points
    Hafid

    Bermuda Sloop (DSiemens tutorial)

    This is the ship finished. I made some mistakes, such as not measuring the width from the bottle, so the mast was smaller that it should be, but i like the result. I hope you like it.
  2. 8 points
    JesseLee

    Irish Toast

  3. 8 points
    exwafoo

    Mast Making

    Hi All, Hope you are all keeping safe. There has been a bit of talk about mast drilling and jigs, etc over the past few months. I thought I'd kill a couple of hours in lockdown putting together a screed on how I do it and the jigs I've made to help me. Hope its of interest. best Alan Mast drilling jigs..pdf
  4. 8 points
    I've finally finished the main mast and rigging. The small scale of the model forced me to approach the build from the bottom to up; from the front to the back and from the inside to out, so not everything gets put in place the way a real ship would be built. I would normally leave details to the end but something like the ensign was easier to apply while the main mast was off the model. The ensign is a 30 star US flag (circa 1850), something I wanted to add to balance the made-in-China stigma of the kit. Some of the tensioning in the rigging might also have been tighter if I didn't need to build in this sequence. The next step is the making and mounting of the four jibs, whose dimensions I need to double check against the dimensions of the model. These should go fairly quickly and I think I'll have enough of the supplied sail cloth to get me through. I find that photographing the model and making these postings forces me to examine my work more closely which helps me find mistakes and do a better job.
  5. 7 points
    Hafid

    Bermuda Sloop (DSiemens tutorial)

    I'm new in this hobbie, so i decided to build the Bermuda Sloop from the DSiemens tutorial, that helped me a lot to understand how to do a good ship in a bottle. I share my work (sorry if my english is bad, i dont speak it very well). I could't get flat sticks, so I made mine.
  6. 7 points
    Sea is in, once dry, will be painted with acrylic.
  7. 7 points
    John Fox III

    Paper Mache Hulls

    Greetings All, Last installment of my paper hull project. Lots of photos today. First few show the hull as the deck was planked over the deck beams, using 0.015" thick maple veneer. The deck was then sanded and varnished, after which it was cut to just a bit beyond the edges of the hull. I then used a small drill bit to drill multiple holes a bit inside the outline of the cockpit opening traced on the deck, and carefully cut through the veneer and beams and supports to open the cockpit area. I used an X-acto knife and #11 blade to do this, and then carefully cut to the outlined cockpit opening shape. The opening as then sanded to exact shape, the deck sanded again and varnished. This as far as I am going with this particular hull, it was only made to show the process of making the hull itself. As part of this whole experiment with paper hulls I wanted to see if I could make a paper hull without the veneer planking. The last few photos show the results of that part of the experiment. The same hull plug was used, and the same stained tissue paper and the same white or school glue for the first experiment with this idea. I did use five layers of paper, letting the glue dry for 24 hours between layers of paper. That particular experiment did not work out well, the paper hull could not be removed from the plug without tearing or ripping it. It might work if one were to use perhaps car wax on the plug before adding the layers of glued paper. I tried another experiment, this time using unstained tissue paper. I found that the stain actually kept the glue from soaking into the paper properly, as without staining the paper it was quite a bit more flexible and also tore much more easily when soaking it with glue before adding to the plug. So, being as stubborn as I am, I tried soaking just one side of the paper in glue, then applying the glued side to the plug, and then using a small paint brush to to apply a thin coat of glue over the paper. When using the paint brush I worked out all the wrinkles and overlaps at the stern and bow. I also tried using a different glue, this time I used Titebond wood glue. This time after applying six layers of tissue paper the hull was much stronger and stiffer, and planking was not needed to make it possible to remove the paper hull from the plug. Hope some of all this is found useful to some our fellow modelers. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  8. 7 points
    A little bit more done.
  9. 7 points
    Hafid

    Bermuda Sloop (DSiemens tutorial)

    The botlle was very long, so i decided to make a lighthouse
  10. 6 points
    It's definitely not the best most of you guys have seen or done! ha. But this is my third ship and second bottled. It was a massive learning curve!! The bottle was so tight to work with! But personally it looks better the tighter the squeeze! I made alot of mistakes and cursed quite abit too, obviously all part of learning!! It's all done by hand as the book suggests and as I would prefer. Here's the pics in order I hope...
  11. 6 points
    Wood by Raven

    Hi from South Africa

    Hi everyone, I am new to your site and through the little bit of checking out the pics before I registered I already love the place. I was introduced to ships in bottles by my dad and our first ship was a Cutty Sark in a Dimple bottle, dad did 99% of the project as I was still young but the bug bit. I did not immediately start building ships at that time but built a lot of aircraft from kits until school and socializing got in the way. I did continue woodworking at school as a subject though and loved it. I took up trying to build a ship to fit a dimple bottle 15 years ago but again a newborn and life got in the way but I loved it so much I kept on tinkering when I had a bit of free time. So why am I here, I now have a bit more free time and after finishing a project that had me make a grip, cheek piece and front grip for a competition FT air rifle from South African Kiaat I simply had to make my next project a completed boat. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEqCD4jX74s) Excuse the glitchy video it was my first attempt at youtube. So I have found three empty dimple bottles and have again decided to make this a Cutty Sark project as I kind of wanted to do the same thing and get my sons involved, as my dad did. The plan is to build a slightly larger Cutty Sark (Stern to tip of Bowsprit 22cm total), this to be kept in a small glass display case. The idea is to present the ship moored at a dock, sails folded and some activity on the dock like provisions and crates or drums ready to be loaded. Once this is done we plan to make project #2 our Cutty Sark in a Dimple bottle at sea, full sails. Any advice on rigging for this scale, what items to make for the dock scene or even links to a similar project would be great. Hope to make many new friends here! Ian
  12. 6 points
    MickyK

    HMB Endeavour, a scratch build

    Hi All. I hope everyone is well, and getting over this Covid thing. I've been playing with the ratlines. With no success! I tried several jigs, copied or adapted from others on this forum, but I couldn't get the ratlines to cut flat with the shrouds, using nail trimmers, knives ....., and they looked terrible. So I have decided to go without them. Sometimes, less is more! I've also changed my gluing technique. I use thin CA to initially fix things in place, a bit like tack welding, then use ZAP thick CA to hold it all permanently in place. The thick might take a while to set and go dry, but I don't want anything coming adrift at the worse possible moment! The photo shows the main mast lower shrouds, still waiting for the glue to go off, and there are also the mizzen shrouds, all glued up, and pushed out of the way for the moment. They are permanently attached to the chains(?) , and a thread goes through the caps, and eventually out the bottle neck. If I pull it tight, the shrouds come up nice and taut. Sounds like a good plan "A"!! A bit more to do. Cheers, Mick
  13. 6 points
    After two months of part time work, I put the finishing touches on "The Harvey" today. Finished the jib sails and rigged them and the crowning touch of topping the mast with pendants flying in the wind. Now I have to resist the temptation of tinkering with it more. And of course after all this work I may as well make a case for it. I'll have to find a safe place for her to sail before I can finish a case. Thanks all for your comments and suggestions!
  14. 6 points
    Robjames

    Hello from North Yorkshire! :)

    Hello, happy to be here! I'm so happy I stumbled on this forum! So much amazing talent and information on here!! I'm on my 3rd ship and working from a book (Leon Labistours making ships in bottles) that was my grandads who has since sadly passed many years ago. He made one for all his children and I was always amazed by the one he made my mum from being a young child (and my aunties and uncles). I finally took the plunge and now I have seriously been bitten by the bug!! I love spending time carving the hull and the painting it etc, I love the time it takes to to do all the rigging and adding the sails! What I struggle with is drilling the holes in masts etc. I do it by hand with a pin vise. Does anyone have any jig ideas for drilling masts or just fast and accurate ways of doing it? Apologies if I have asked those questions in the wrong section! Many thanks in advance! Rob
  15. 6 points
    2 more sails and some rigging and its nailbiting bottleling time.
  16. 5 points
    Made a simple stand and fitted cork, now its finished.
  17. 5 points
    One side pretty much done, i wont tell you how many bits ive glued back in though! 😂😂
  18. 5 points
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Some more work on the running rigging and ratlines on the mizzen/spanker! Slowly getting things sorted out! Below is a shot of the stern, working on the ratlines and painted the emblem detail. I used some metallic gold paint and painted it freehand. Turned out okay! Looks better in-person. Chass
  19. 5 points
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    I found myself getting careless and having to duplicate a lot of work, so I thought I would take a small break. So while not technically part of the build, I have started carving a stand for the Mayflower. Now, I'm about ready to give to stand a break and get back to the ship proper.
  20. 5 points
    Quiney

    Saying hello

    Just recently found the forum and thought I would join. 40 years ago, whilst a radio officer in the merchant navy, I decided to try my hand at ships in bottles. I had little in the way of tools and supplies, but had time on my hands. After a small ketch in a round bottle, I moved on to the Cutty Sark, following the plans from a small book that I had bought. I recorded my hours to make the ship and its stand - 75 hours. Due to several house moves over the years, the two lifeboats have become detached from the cabin top and can be seen at the rear of the bottle. Now that I'm retired I hope to have another go at the craft.
  21. 5 points
    All ready to go, now to get the bottle ready.
  22. 4 points
    joe100

    How do you make ratlines?

    I’m always late to the party This is 43 AWG copper wire, anodized dark brown.
  23. 4 points
    Nice work, looks great. Maybe with the next one try to add some deck features, cabins, capstan, anchor's etc. They can be added after the masts are raised and increase the realism of the model. Amazing that it's only your second bottled ship!
  24. 4 points
    I thought it needed a little extra something.
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    Time to shove it in!
  27. 4 points
    Slow going, got the rear deck and bowsprit done, but now on hold while i build something else!
  28. 3 points
    JesseLee

    Hi from South Africa

    Hello Ian, welcome to the forum! Your plan sounds like a good one. Wonderful to hear that your sons are interested in SIBs. Sometimes it seems like it is a dying craft so it is great to hear that some younger people are learning too. Jesse
  29. 3 points
    James w rogers

    San paolo 1743 xambekk malta.

    Back on this today, its going to take alot of dedication to not let myself become distracted and put it to oneside again! So the first job on the list is to make the cannon ports and holes for the oars, drilled holes first, now the painstaking process of cutting them all square, they are only about 1.5mm so i might be quite a while!
  30. 3 points
    Jim Martin

    Dating My Ship in a Bottle

    Greetings fellow ship nerds! I inherited my family's ship in the bottle and I could really use some assistance dating the piece. It's been in my family for at least 5 generations, but I have little family history other than my great grandfather brought it from Ireland around the turn of the century. There are 25 sails and four flags-the top and most identifiable being the Fa signal flag T or 3 (could also be french flag, but doubtful), I believe signal flag 1, Signal Flag B, and maybe 4. Does this have meaning? Regrettably I do not have pictures of the pontil, as the ship is at my office which is under quarantine. So again primary questions- Age? Wood Material? Ship information? Care and Preservation? Value (insurance purposes)? Thanks! Jim
  31. 3 points
    DSiemens

    Dating My Ship in a Bottle

    I'm going to repost what I had posted in the Facebook group. That way it's in both places. I did a little digging into the the bottle style. It appears to be mouth blown with a burst off method used on the bottle neck. This was an inexpensive European method of making bottles from 1890 to 1920. They were popular as ink and sauce bottles in Britain. The oldest this bottle could be is 1890. Its very likely your great grandfather bought it in new or nearly new condition around or before 1920. https://sha.org/bottle/mouthblowndating.htm Care and preservation I'd say keep it out of direct sunlight. The sun can dry up and thread especially magnified by the glass. This will eventually break the lines. The bottle would need occasional dusting and very occasional glass cleaning. Nothing crazy there. You'd have to look into what to use on the old wood. I don't know what would be best. Value is tough. The ship in bottle itself is easily $350 or more given its age and great condition. I think the original wood adds a lot of value to that as well but I don't know how much. Its definitely a unique and rare piece. I think $900 is easily a reasonable value. It could be more. I wish I could give more info on the ship. Its a generic French clipper very prominent at the time. Who ever built it was familiar with ships. They may have sailed on the ship which would tie the Irish heritage and French ship together. Who knows. The rigging and general dimensions are accurate. The masts and yards are thick for scale but that was a very normal method of building at the time. It's a beautiful piece. Your family has taken great care of it thus far. I did some digging on the flags too. They appear to spell CBF. The C and B were in use in 1922 and prior but the F was changed in 1922 according to this source. https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/xf~icsr.html That does confirm the ship is at least older than 1922. http://navalmarinearchive.com/research/signalflags1.html
  32. 3 points
    First coat is now finished, but the white for the wave caps is proving a bit troublesome as they keep bleeding and turning slightly blue, i may have to retouch as i think the blue was not quite dry enough (i hope🤔). Using an aquarium air pump to help it along and keep the condensation out, works really well.
  33. 3 points
    painted the inside bottom of the bottle with acrylic upto the waterline and glued the base for the ship in, prior to filling with acrylic caulking for the sea.
  34. 3 points
    CharlieB

    Saying hello

    Welcome aboard. You did a great job on the Cutty Sark!
  35. 2 points
    New build, as usual not enough time as its for a birthday present in 2 weeks. This is the rainbow warrior, the greenpeace ship that was sank by the french in new zealand in 1985, converted from the sir william hardy trawler built by hall, russell & co ltd in aberdeen scotland in 1955.
  36. 2 points
    Hi robjames, great looking sib, Nicely done! If your looking for another gin bottle then this one from sainsbury is pretty good and has a good size neck width and is the only one I’ve found of this shape that has the least thick base! Only draw back is the screw cap, but you can trim down regular corks to fit and then wrap round cord to cover the screw thread. Only other draw back is it’s £16 a bottle and I don’t like gin! So I buy it for my mum and dad and it comes back to me a week later empty and cleaned!😂
  37. 2 points
    JesseLee

    San paolo 1743 xambekk malta.

    Looking so nice, I love this. I collect stamps and this has made me think about along with my 1800s US and Us B.O.B. I would like to have a separate album with boats and ships of sail from all over the world. Jesse
  38. 2 points
    Great work. She came out very nice.
  39. 2 points
    Looks great! Nice job with the emblem, really sets it off. 😎
  40. 2 points
    exwafoo

    Mayflower

    Hi, Sorry, its The European Association of Ships In Bottles. (EASIB) (facebook page) We actually have members from all over the world, not just Europe. There is a small annual fee to cover the cost of 4 quality colour members magazines a year; Bottleship. (Past issues are currently being digitised to be available to members, a slow job). We have a convention every two years at a maritime heritage venue to show off SIBs, hold competitions (including best stand), swap ideas, and an evening meal with a guest speaker. Not to mention actually enjoying the venue. There is a photographic category for members who don't wish to, or can't attend. This year's was to be at Greenwich, London, near the Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum, cancelled because of the damn virus, but there's always next year. I'm the association archivist, hence pushing for members. The front of the latest Bottle ship shown below. best Alan
  41. 2 points
    exwafoo

    Mayflower

    EASIB has a 'Best Stand' category at our conventions. I think this would be a very strong contender! Super job. Best to all Alan
  42. 2 points
    Very nice James. You have captured it perfectly.
  43. 2 points
    James w rogers

    Mayflower

    Wow! Thats an amazing looking stand!
  44. 2 points
    Thats why they call them impossible bottles. 😁 Glass cases are great. They can add to the art as well. You would probably like my firends work. Google Bob Fivehouse ship models. Heres an example. https://www.shipmodel.com/acadp_listings/queen-mary-ii/
  45. 2 points
    The hardest part of bottling one like this is the fine rigging. I'm guessing you use wire. I have a friend that build in this scale though he specializes in passenger ships and thats what he uses. The problem with it is, in regards to bottling, it doesnt fold well and would not look as clean as the unbottles versions. Its also hard to find thread as this as wire. I don't blame you for not bottling these. It would require a bigger scale or out of scale rigging. I appreciate you sharing your wonderful work with the group.
  46. 2 points
    Sure is looking good so far! Good luck in the bottle!! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  47. 2 points
    James w rogers

    Paper Mache Hulls

    Looking great! Really nice job. 😎
  48. 2 points
    Nice start to the hobby.
  49. 2 points
    Try drilling any holes in the masts and yards before taking down to size. I also use a small dab of thinned varnish (acrylic is good and available in small bottles from hobby shops) or CA glue to strengthen the hole. Re-drill when dry, then size the mast. I use a home made drill guide (shown below). Its made from a bit of brass right angle, a small flat filed on top as shown and a number of holes for different bit sizes drilled in it. If you want to drill into the end of a dowel, a small countersink on the underside, and tapering the end helps. Have fun and stay safe Al
  50. 2 points
    MickyK

    HMB Endeavour, a scratch build

    Hi All. A bit more progress! The Main and Mizzen are now on deck, at the moment just sitting there. I think I'll do the lower shrouds at a later date, mainly so they don't get damaged, and more importantly, they don't get tangled! I've put the sheets on the gaff sail, and they are becoming a nightmare, so those bits and pieces of thread which will end up hanging out of the bottle come launching time will be sorted out later. Still a bit more to do! Cheers, and stay safe. Mick
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