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  1. 6 points
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    Had to check how she looks stuck in the ice!
  2. 6 points
    John Zuch

    My "Waterwitch"

    Like you I to used Jack Needham's book for my model of the Waterwitch
  3. 5 points
    James w rogers

    The princess royal 1841

    Just found this on a carboot sale, £3.00! Box sealed with very old dried out sticky tape, so I thought I won’t damage the box and try to open it, I will wait until I get home and gently cut the tape and open it. So I set off home, excited to see what looks like a great find from 1988, once home I carefully open the box to find everything but.....?..
  4. 5 points
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    Added a bit more hull embellishments to smarten up the stern and added the white boards around the hull upon which the main rigging ratlines are attached.
  5. 5 points
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    A bit crude stern windows..
  6. 2 points
    Lubber123

    My "Waterwitch"

    I have been working my way through the examples in Jack Needham’s “Modeling Ships in Bottles”. Here I’ve completed his third of four exercises, “The Waterwitch” which is modeled after an actual historical ship although I am having some difficulty confirming his back-story about the ship since there seems to have been many ships named the Waterwitch. The exercise here was to graduate to making yardarms and square sails which are present here only on the foremast. In my youth I had skipped over all the preliminary exercises and went right into square rigged ships but here I felt I wanted to go back and practice my basics. I also wanted to make use of my collection of bar bottles left over from my father’s bar tending days and here I made use of a Dubouchet liqueur bottle which I felt was nicely ornamented. I also practiced my hand at another head-land back ground with some obligatory sea-side buildings and a little greenery in the hill side. I switched over to a sea made from plumber’s putty colored with artist grade water soluble oil paints which seems nicely compatible and I think this will be my future go-to formula. I also went back and tried making paper sails but I think I prefer cloth sails. I just found some nice antiqued sail cloth which I think will make nice sails for my future SIBs. I also have some tan resume paper which might also be worth trying. I made another attempt at a Turk’s Head knot again using my jig but I think I need to start with a bit more length of cord. Anyway, again the photograph doesn’t do the model justice and I’m happy to have this one in my fleet.
  7. 2 points
    James w rogers

    The princess royal 1841

    Luckily I have a plan, so this will be my next build!😀
  8. 2 points
    Many thanks, Jeff and Jesse! Jesse, I'm using a syringe with the long tube for this.
  9. 2 points
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    Cut the hull up into four sections on a small hobby bandsaw that will allow it to be assembled together inside the bottle later on. I make sure that the pieces of the hull can fit together easily and without too much effort and that everything lines up and that the join lines are not that noticeable. Use cut cocktail sticks as pegs for joining, making sure that everything aligns.
  10. 2 points
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    For the bulwarks I use 0,3 mm thickness. It's very thin and pliable but can split if you're not careful. It's also opaque so needs a good paint cover. For the bowsprit support I use 0,5 mm styrene.
  11. 1 point
    Lubber123

    The princess royal 1841

    Hi James, I just bought one of these kits also but not at the bargain you got. The putty will be hardened and useless by now but no big deal since putty availability is not a problem. My bottle was made in France and doesn't have the imprint on it. But these Authentic Model kits are just about the best I've seen at the price ( the Amati models look superb but are almost $100 USD). I also have an AM "Privateer" that I think is a better kit but not modeled on an historic model. The Privateer kit has a nice hardwood hull that I had trouble getting an electric drill to hole. It also comes in a neat little wood box. I couldn't resist starting to build the model but had to shelve it for a while so it's still in "dry dock". The instruction sheet is excellent. I've collected about six different kits now and these are my favorite. I'm sure you will enjoy this build.
  12. 1 point
    Lubber123

    My "Waterwitch"

    Wow John, yours is fantastic! Your ship is very nicely formed and a great shaped bottle with a nice finish on the neck. And I like the "left hand" placement which is a great way to introduce some variety to a collection. My ship looks sloppy compared to yours, you must have a more practiced hand. I get a little carried away with making a whole diorama with the ship just being part of it. I'm still struggling with the miniature sails although I was very pleased with the sails I put on my large scale model, my first time making a true suit of sails. Maybe I'm too easily impressed with myself! Well, I have more practice ahead...thanks for sharing.
  13. 1 point
    Fantastic detail Igor. I love the rope work on the bottles and the little wicker basket looks great. Bernard
  14. 1 point
    Great work Igor! Fascinating watching your development of Captain Jack Sparrow! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  15. 1 point
  16. 1 point
    Onni

    HMS Terror

    Painted the masts and bowsprit and added some ratline rigging to the masts. Fashioned a couple of catheads out of some thicker styrene and also used styrene for the lifeboat supports at the stern.Of course I could use wood but as these pieces are going to be white; then it is much easier too fashion them out of plastic.
  17. 1 point
    Lubber123

    My Second Recent SIB build

    With my interest renewed in building ship-in-the-bottles I decided to try to further my skills and take a path of self learning. I had only limited instructional materials available as well as some examples from other builders and the instruction sheets from my old kits as guides. I first decided I wanted to re-create the original “Ship’s-A-Sailin’” SIB Kit model line and had already built the “Lively Lady” but I also wanted to work on a more remedial model to help sharpen my skills. I pulled out my old “Modeling Ships in Bottles” by Jack Needham, gave it a thorough read and realized his first “Simple Model for Beginners” was equivalent to the “Skeeter” model in the S-A-S kit line so decided that this would be my next build. I also wanted to experiment with a head-land background and I had a short but fat round bottle I wanted to try. The model is a simple two masted schooner. For being a simple model I had difficulty getting a hull correctly shaped and ended up cracking two before I got one – I don’t recall ever having a problem shaping a hull in the past. On this model I decided to try and make the sails out of paper instead of the using the extra sail cloth I had left over from my 1/8” scale “Elsie”. This went OK but I marked the seams a bit too heavy in pencil and slightly creased one sail during insertion. I also tried to color my “Model Magic” play-clay sea with acrylic paint to get a deeper, warmer blue but the paint didn’t mix into the putty well, it sort of sat on top instead of mixing in, didn’t dry as fast as I would have liked and it made the putty somewhat sticky and soupy. I ended up marking up the model with the colored clay but Jack did suggest getting some putty on the sides of the hull to simulate sea-spray. However my background came out well and I included a little head-land and a lighthouse. Again I attempted a Turk’s Head knot which turned into a “decorative braid”. I even embedded a foreign coin into the melted wax seal on the cork. The ship is a little small for the bottle which has a difficult dimension of being short and stout but the addition of the background and light house helps fill the space. So I had some lessons learned but still came away with a nice model a step above my early kit builds.
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