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  1. 4 points
    DSiemens

    Top Sail Schooner Repair

    Some one sent this little ship to me asking for it to be repaired. I'd love to get into ship in a bottle repair in general so a simple one like this is good practice. Its appears to be a mass produced piece that are often sold in gift shops. Some modelers get picky about that but I don't care. If it has sentimental value to some one its worth restoring. This is how she arrived. The two sails fell off in transit but they are easy to fix. My initial thought was this was in a globe style bottle with the opening on the bottom so the ship was completley enclosed. Getting into it this was not the case. There is a clay sea under the ship and the glass was complete enclosed and glued to the base. Its interesting that the top of the sea was a different material. It seemed to be a clay or maybe rubber. It was glued down to the clay base with some sort of rubber cement type glue. The ship was glued down to this rubber/clay top sea. The ship was held in pretty well and the rubber/clay piece had to be taken apart in order to get the ship out. I was hoping to save it but the ship had to come out to fit it into a new bottle. So I'll redo the sea. After night work heres the pieces to be kept. The two masts with sails, the hull and bowsprit, and the wood base. Once I find a bottle I'll recreate the sea and put it all back together again. Looking at the glass I think it was in a Christmas ornamate type globe bottle. The glass was very thin. Figures its a month after December. I'll have to see if Hobby Lobby still has some on clearance.
  2. 4 points
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Daniel: Boy that was a sobering statement you put forward there for me, and I hope others as well will follow your drift and idea that we all make mistakes,( some of them dosieys), and we all can benefit from the resolutions we find to help us move on in the making of our ship in a bottle. Thanks Daniel. I appreciate your input very much. That said, I will continue to show my progress on America, as I go along. Good ,bad, or ugly. Regards Bruce
  3. 3 points
    DSiemens

    Hosting Transfer

    Well good and bad news. Good news is nothings changing. Bad news is the hosting site I found over promised and under delivered. While the monthly fees would be lower they left out a major component. The forum software. They are unable to convert our forum from its current software to theirs. If we did use them we would have to rebuild the forum from scratch under their software. I don't see that as a viable option. When all was said and done it was cheaper to leave things as is. So for now thats what I'll do. Thank you all for your support. I really appreciate it and I'll keep looking for ways to stretch our dollars out so I can make the most out of your generous donations. We'll keep this forum going a long time yet.
  4. 3 points
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Well I'm making progress even though it's not much, I'm getting there little by little.
  5. 2 points
    DSiemens

    AMERICA

    I think you should keep posting on going build logs. Part of the fun and challenge of this hobby is mistake recovery. That isnt always shown in build logs that are done after completion. I think its important for others to see that mistakes can be made and fixed a long the way. Also I want every one to feel comfortable asking how to recover from mistakes. Its a major part of learning this hobby. That said its also true the trash can is one of the most important tools and it is hard to share mistakes for the whole world to see. Do what is best for you.
  6. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Well I've been so frustrated with not building anything because of this or that dead end, or this or that distraction, that I decided to go back to my roots and build a simple sloop so I could at least get going. I chose the" America", because years ago I made a,"Model Shipways" model of it. At the time I remember it took me nine months to build it. Working on it a few hours a night after work nearly every day. I decided to take my model out of it's case and photograph it so I had good references and I took the lines from the book I have called, "The Story Of Sail". So here's some pics of the model I made years ago.
  7. 1 point
    Jeff B

    AMERICA

    Bruce, granted mine are more folk style,(It's good for a man to know his limitations), they often get squirrelly on me when I'm putting them in and I mess them up. I'll snag a line, cut a line on accident, snap a mast by too much tension, get sea on a sail or boom, the list goes on. I've pulled 2/3 of mine out, thus breaking them. Of course I've rebuilt them, vowing to not do that again, and be more careful. Sharing the bad allows experienced members to offer advice to help us next time. Alan showed me a launching tool. You showed me a way to hide my bow lines with the keel loop. Dan showed us to cut out a keel blank from the ocean b4 we go in. We learn from our mistakes by sharing them. As Dan said, don't be ashamed to share a mishap. We can offer our sympathy too.
  8. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Thanks so much Daniel. That means a lot to me. I'm so worried that this little guy won't make it down the hole and stand up OK. I think this is the last build I'll publish as I'm going along with it. Cause who knows what will happen in the making of it. Especially because I am such a novice at all the rigging and such. Anyway thanks again. I'll keep pushing forward and hopefully their will be a nice conclusion. Best regards Bruce
  9. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Hi All: Well I haven't had but bits and pieces of time to work on America lately. Seems like every other day we are off to another X-Mass gathering or party. My youngest son and his gal just got home from Chiropractic College in Georgia the other day and now my home is full again. I'm cooking for 9 and I'm loving it. Any way I decided to make the yokes for the boom and the gaffs out of polystyrene. First I measured the diameter of my masts and chose a drill that was .010 larger so I had some clearance.
  10. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Today I got all the deck furniture done.😁
  11. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Turned out okay, I think. It gets painted black along with the rest of the hull. Boy this working small is tedious as hell. You certainly can't have any coffee nerves going or you'll be screwing up like crazy. LOL.
  12. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Hi All: Got a chance to do some more work on my ship today. I decided that I didn't like the way I made my helm cabin so I made it again and I got some other deck furniture going. I used my mini lathe to turn down a bunch of bamboo for spars then I painted the tips white.
  13. 1 point
    DSiemens

    AMERICA

    Beautiful work so far. I did this one several years ago it's a fun ship to build. Mine wasn't half as good as yours is turning out to be though.
  14. 1 point
    Jeff B

    AMERICA

    I know that ship! And that bottle! Looks like it will fill it well. Nice work on the hull.
  15. 1 point
    James w rogers

    AMERICA

    That’s a beautifully made model you have there, Very impressive! Can’t wait to see the small one! I could see the advantage of a 10 litre bottle, at least you’d probably be able to get both arms in the neck!😂😂
  16. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Just a note here for you guys. I don't think I'll ever build anything this small again.. It's driving me crazy!! I need to find some 10 dieter bottles so I can build at a scale that I can manage. Just sayin. LOL. Regards to all Bruce.
  17. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    These next few pic are of a brass semi circle seating area that go around the helm that I turned on my mini lathe. It kinda looks like a horse shoe laying on the paper there. I used a piece of bandage to represent the decking underneath it. It's a work in progress. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
  18. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Now here's some pics of the hull as I was carving it.
  19. 1 point
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    And here are some pictures of the bottle I hope will work and the stand I have roughly made up.
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