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  1. Very excited to contribute to this friendly and knowledgeable forum. I'm a complete newbie in so many ways, but excited to learn and have a go. I chose the Bluenose because (a) I think it's really a beautiful boat, (b) seemed like a reasonable challenge level for a first SiB, and (c) I really like the story behind the Fisherman's Cup. I'll definitely be getting a Canadian coin to finish off the bottle. Here's the bottle. I got two identical "Hand-blown made in Italy bottles" from eBay for $9 + shipping. Opening is 3/4" which seems good. With pen for scale. This post concerns my
    7 points
  2. I finally made some more progress on this kit. Not that it is very challenging, but I'm trying to follow the step by step instructions exactly so that maybe I can learn something but about all I am learning is how difficult it must be to properly write instructions and to assemble a kit. I'm finding left over parts that aren't called out anywhere. There was suppose to be an exact duplicate of parts for the mast and spars but I'm not finding an exact number of duplicate yardarms. There is suppose to be a "test jig" built into the holding stand but it isn't properly molded in. So right now I hav
    7 points
  3. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Time for some bling.I actually hate that word but it's probably a good description for all the golden stuff that adorns GB. The trailboards illustrate the artisans work on the ship but is very difficult to reproduce on such a small scale. I cut shards of plastic and then painted them gold to try to imitate the scroll work. The Lion and Unicorn support the royal shield under the bowsprit;they didn't work so well for me as I coudn't detach them from the grease proof paper without cutting them out with scissors.Fashioned a couple of catsheads,they will be fixed later. The stern is made out of thr
    6 points
  4. Will

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Update on my little Bluenose project, and a request for advice. After the fiasco with the carving knife, I splashed out and got a nicer pin vise and set of micro drill bits. I'm really glad I did! They are making all the difference. After making the masts, spars, and so on by sanding down bamboo skewers in a hand drill, I added the bowsprit by drilling a hole directly into the bow and sticking it in. Here are all the bamboo bits on top of the diagram. At this point, it looked good to go! Then I painted everything. I didn't go and buy fancy model paints but used some
    5 points
  5. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Continued with some of the deck features.'Daisy' the Guernsey cow with her cow shed amongst other items. The two Trottman anchors are made out of wire and plastic.Not happy with the engine house skylight so I will probably make a new one.
    5 points
  6. Greetings. I’d like to share my latest model, HMS Glatton as she appeared in the final hours of the war. The model is completely scratch built to 1/1500 scale or 125’ to 1”. The model is made from boxwood, brass, and the sea base is carved and painted wood. Paint is from ScaleColors of course. If you’d like to see more of my ships models they’re all on my website www.josephlavender.com I started this model a little before finishing Duilio, so total build time was about a month. Glatton, 5,746 tons displacement and her sister ship Gorgon were originally built for Norway but they wer
    5 points
  7. Nice work so far and some interesting use of G clamps. I like that you are using scaled down drawings of Bluenose, it's much easier to get everything the correct size. The one thing that I find with painting,is that it does show up any inconsistencies but sometimes that depends more on the colour of the paint. Keep up the good work!
    5 points
  8. Jeff B

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Nice start Will! I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season 26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. Cheers! Best regards, Jeff
    4 points
  9. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Completed all deck furnishings (the small skylights took ages)and moved forward to the masts and rigging. I am going to rig her with half sails up but no top sails as per the drawing at the begining of this build. As you may of noticed I made a new engine room skylight and cut out the space in the hull so that you should be able to get a glimpse of the engine room machinery through the skylight.Shrouds and ratlines I make on my little jig which are bonded with super glue and white wood glue to simulate the block and tackle.
    4 points
  10. Chasseur

    Preussen Clipper

    Back onto it. Started cutting and installing porthole windows Midships. Special tool made to cut and install accordingly! 4 done far left, just a push in press fit no glue.
    4 points
  11. exwafoo

    Pond Yacht

    Used to have one of these when a lad. You have to wet the sails to make them flexible, and then give them enough slack on the lines to catch the wind. A reel of thin fishing line must be carried in the pocket. When becalmed, get a friend to hold one end (or tie to a tree or something, walk round to the other side of the pond unreeling the line until the yacht can be 'lassoed' and returned to shore. Lots of fun. Alan
    4 points
  12. You are welcome. Hope it all goes OK. Many, many moons ago, in the days of my youth in the Fleet Air Arm, one of the routine servicing operations on aircraft radios was to replace the desiccant crystals in the aircraft radios. The forced air cooling was blown through these to keep the inside of the radio dry. They were blue and turned pink when 'wet'. They could be dried out in an oven and used again if need be. Later designs had single use disposable (more money to the radio manufacturer) desiccant cartridges with an indicator paper. I've looked on line, but can't find the reusable ones (the
    4 points
  13. Ive just tried a fungal/mould cleaner and it seems so far so good, i have also got an aquarium air pump set up and some packets of silica gel inside, so now its a waiting game! Will put it out in the sun later if it decides to come out today! Its been rather wet of late here in essex😢. Thanks for the great advice, i was very nervous as of what to do as its a first time for me and hopefully a last. I will update later, thanks exwafoo. 😊
    4 points
  14. DSiemens

    Pond Yacht

    I decided to go further and lengthened the mast and boom. This configuration has done really well.
    4 points
  15. DSiemens

    Pond Yacht

    So then I made this version of the sails. It did a bit better. The jib seemed to not work so I spun a lot of circles. Looked great though.
    4 points
  16. DSiemens

    Pond Yacht

    I then gave the little boat a shot. She did pretty good. The pond had a bit of a current and I found the little sails weren't quiet enough to over come it. The pond also sits down in kind of a bowl so the wind is scarce and being,over a mile above sea level the air is pretty thin. I needed a new set of sails.
    4 points
  17. I love working with wood. I love shaping it, carving it, sanding it and finishing it. I very much enjoy putting miniature wooden ships in bottles. I love recreating the ingenuity of the originators of this craft who worked with whatever materials they had on hand with improvised tools to produce small works of art. This kit is none of that. This kit is a miniature plastic ship model that will be placed into a glass bottle using the somewhat traditional technique of hinging the mast and erecting them via their rigging lines pulled from outside the bottle and then obscuring the lines t
    3 points
  18. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    For some idiotic reasons after I had glued the main sail, it went into an inverted curve (looking like the wind was blowing from the front)The solution;I scrapped off the sail and re glued it the other way round so it now has a nice curve without even me trying anything high tech to get it looking like that!Constructed the lifeboats and all six are fixed (three each side)to a thin plastic strip which will then have to be fixed to the side of the hull of GB when she is inside the bottle.Made the 'red duster' flag from an old hankerchief of which I have inserted and glued very thin wire inside o
    3 points
  19. DSiemens

    Pond Yacht

    I actually attach a 6lb fishing line. I got those cheapo fishing rods that fold down so they look like pens. Then I can carry everything in pretty easy. It sails out and when I decide I need to change tack I give the line a pull. When I'm done I real the whole thing back in.
    3 points
  20. DSiemens

    Pond Yacht

    I figure this boat is sort of a miniature so I'll post it here. This has been my latest project. While not a my ussual ship in bottle builds this has been a lot of fun. On a Facebook group I saw some one post a pond yacht. Ive been eyeing pond yachts for some time and mentioned it. He told me the best way to get in is find an old Star yacht amd restore it. So I went on EBay and found one for arround $20. This is what I got. Over all she was in decent shape. Just needed a new set of sails. He provided a site for Star Yachts that had the original measurements. So for about $4
    3 points
  21. Will

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Gunwales added! With a bit more sanding, I got out some of the dings and blemishes. I found some nice micro-lumber from a paint stirrer stick left over from home renovation. I found it was not too difficult to cut a long thin strip with an xacto knife and a metal ruler. I followed DSiemens suggestion to soak the wood (I enjoyed reading the Bermuda Sloop instructional guide). Then I stuck it on the hull with Elmer's glue. That turned out to be a bit messy, and I had to spend a while sanding off the residue glue after it dried. But so far, so good!
    3 points
  22. Will

    Pond Yacht

    Great! I want to try this. I worry that the yacht would get stuck in the middle of the pond if the wind drops... how would you retrieve it (apart from swimming)?
    3 points
  23. The latest journal is now up for grabs on the clubs forum! Enjoy, Chass
    3 points
  24. Well here's today's progress. Of course it doesn't take long to snap together parts, but I needed to do some painting and I want to take my time. I found the instructions a bit vague and I'm noticing that some things don't match their depiction in the diagrams. The hull is made of white plastic and I was to paint it black but to leave the up-raised parts white. Since this is impossible to do on such a small scale, I applied the supplied black acrylic paint across the whole hull and simply wiped and scraped back the parts that were to be left white. I doubt I would have known how to do th
    3 points
  25. Finally finished rigging the model. I added the Martindale rigging that wasn't called for in the instructions but that is about the extent of my imbellishments. The rigging instructions involve a convoluted process of tying down one side of the yard while slipping the rigging on the other side with stop blocks applied to the control line on that side made of blobs of glue. So there was a lot of glue set up time involved. I don't have the yards as even as I'd like but they look better on the model than they do in the photo. I'll have to do some adjusting after the model is set in the bottle any
    2 points
  26. Will

    Scratch build Bluenose

    This was really helpful! Thank you! I wonder how I'd missed the idea of detaching the mainsail. I'm wondering how to keep it securely attached after cutting the lines once it's in place inside the bottle. Looks like I'll be making a new set of masts and spurs, but no matter. This is my first attempt so there are bound to be times where I have to start things over. I'll look into puzzle glue too!
    2 points
  27. Here it is, our latest journal, Chass The Bottled Shipwright 2020.pdf
    2 points
  28. I suppose I could rig the back stays as control lines pulled outside of the bottle, but the model already has eight of them and I don't need six more. I'm having a slow go at this one for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which is that this is suppose to be my rainy day project and we've had very little rain here in Vermont! I've also acquired a slight repetitive strain injury in my left thumb. But I am almost finished rebuilding my modelling workstation. I am also finding inaccuracies in the instructions. Of all the extra materials that were provided, I wasn't given enough thread
    2 points
  29. I think I need to follow the instructions and not modify the rigging too much. The mast fold forward, not backward, so back stays would prevent the masts from folding forward along the lines of what their actual intention on a real ship would be. The more I go along, the more I'm leaning toward completing the build as it is intented, glass bottle and all. I wish I could find another glass bottle like it which I need for another scratch built model.
    2 points
  30. I notice that you have your bottle stood on end James,. Try putting a piece of tissue in the neck. I find it helps draw the moisture. Bernard
    2 points
  31. Lucky for me, my wife works in a clothing store and keeps bringing me packets of desiccant silica gel home! The sun still hasnt come out, so ive got my uv heatlamp on the go aswell. Thanks alan.
    2 points
  32. My experience with acrylic paints once they have dried is that they are very resistant to solvents, even acrylic paint thinners. I'd try a touch of cleaning agent such as that used for baby's bottles or the steriliser/cleaner used in home brew, which are designed not to damage the things they are cleaning, on an area on the 'off side' of the SIB first and see what happens. If that works OK, then move on to the rest. I'd also give it a couple of hours in the sunlight afterwards - nothing like UV rays to kill fungal spores etc. This may also dry out any remaining moisture. I have heard of using
    2 points
  33. Maybe a fishing rod with line and just a weight on the end with a large unbarbed hook, cast out over the boat and hopfully reel it back in.
    2 points
  34. JesseLee

    Pond Yacht

    I wondered the same thing. Maybe have fishing line tied to it?
    2 points
  35. Chasseur

    Now Hear this!

    Hello all, when I get into the office tomorrow I will post our Bottled Shipwright Journal to the clubs section for this calendar year. It's a special edition due to COVID. Jeff
    2 points
  36. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Progress has been slow.Mostly fillers and multiple painting.Cut out the deck using thin wood veneer pieces.
    2 points
  37. Will

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Really helpful, Onni! So gluing to gaff only is another option. I'll have a think about which suits me better. I plan to get that book, too!!
    1 point
  38. Onni

    Scratch build Bluenose

    I'm not sure if this would help you Will;these illustrations are from 'Sailing in Glass' byJOOP VAN SCHOUTEN and explains where not to glue the sails until the masts are pulled upright and fixed inside the bottle.Pretty much the same applies to your main sail,only glue one end of the sail to the gaff;you can then glue the other end of the sail later on, inside the bottle; perhaps using a piece of wire, with a dab of glue on the end of it. I usually use ordainary white wood glue to fix the sails.
    1 point
  39. Jeff B

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Looks like those masts are good. Just gotta drill the holes. as for the pull lines, a touch of glue on the mast and then cut the line with hand made cutting tool with (razor). A skewer stick with broken razor glued on tip works for some. We all make our own tools. I use a very fine fly fishing leader tippet line (7x 2.7 lbs) I can barely see it. I can leave it in and pull it out through a bowsprit hole with the other lines and snip it there. Or, cut and glue at the mast, depending on the look. Cheers! Jeff
    1 point
  40. The way I did the back stays on the Scavenger is that they were glued down after the mast was in place. It would work with a forward folding mast. It's up to you on though. Nothing wrong with keeping it as the instructions laid out.
    1 point
  41. DSiemens

    Scratch build Bluenose

    Glad you found the sloop useful. Great work so far. It doesn't even have masts and sails yet and I look at it and think yup, thats the Bluenose. You got the lines perfect.
    1 point
  42. DSiemens

    Preussen Clipper

    Those look good.
    1 point
  43. Will

    Hello from CT

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!!!
    1 point
  44. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    I have to admit that the stairs are actually photo etched.They are just cut out;bent into shape and then painted. In the past I have attempted to make them myself but the results have been rather under whelming.
    1 point
  45. DSiemens

    SS Great Britain

    It does seem like that sometimes. A lot of work done and not much to show for it. Steady as she goes she'll get there. I'm very impressed with the stairs. They look excellent and very to scale.
    1 point
  46. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    I knew that old broken meat thermometer would come in handy some day;it's exactly the right diameter for the Britain's funnel! Using the scale drawings I mark out where the masts should be.They are named as days of the week,Monday through to Saturday. The GB went through many mast changes and rigging throughout her career but this is going to portray her as in 1845.
    1 point
  47. MickyK

    Pad-Eyes

    Hi All, I'll be needing some pad-eyes for my Endeavour. Pad-Eyes on a full size boat are small(ish) loop of steel, often mounted on the deck, and strengthened under the deck with a pad of steel or wood. to give it strength. Hence the name. I made them using a standard mast loop, then twisted the two ends together, taped them separately to the mat with tape, and applied CA glue to the twisted section, and left them to dry. After it is dry, the twisted tail it cut about 5 or 6mm long. Photos will explain the system much better! The first photo is the clamp I use, w
    1 point
  48. Here is the latest edition of the Bottled Shipwright! Enjoy and Happy New Year to All 😎 Your Editor The Bottled Shipwright fall winter 2019.pdf
    1 point
  49. zzz I am with Alan turn the bottle and hide the bottom seam at 6 oclock and the other at 12 oclock. Codes are cool* they're nostalgic. I like funky bottles they give our hobby a Folk Art feel to it all ..... model on Jersey! Jeff
    1 point
  50. I recently had to deal with a situation similar to this, trying to remove the numbers and symbols baked into the surface of a lab Florence Boiling flask. On the advice of Bob Prezioso, a superb craftsman I know through the Constitution Museum Guild, I first tried valve grinding compound. The results were poor, leaving a much scratched up surface. Then he suggested diamond compound, made by the Helical Lap Co. in Michigan. This worked, using a Dremel tool at high speed with felt grinding pads. The results were great, but there are a few downsides. First, diamond compounds are expensive, a
    1 point
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