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  1. 10 points
    Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Black Pearl. Built one for my eldest daughter seven years ago so thought I had to try to make a better one. Thanks to Alan and Caleb for a bit of inspiration to re-visit the Pearl. She's about 50% completed but still have much to do,masts ,spars,sails etc....
  2. 10 points
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    Greetings shipwrights, In the last few days I have been experimenting with the folding disk, it has to look right in the bottle. I' m on #4 and I think I figured it out. Meanwhile I chose one of the ships to be a static display for the shelf above my work area. Still envisioning putting the other in the bottle piece by piece. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Or a nice Thursday for those those outside the U.S. Best regards, Jeff
  3. 9 points
    Spanky

    Da Seamans Sloop

    Well folks, I am going to retire on January 2 so I thought I would get started on a project to help keep me from getting bored, I have had a few failures lately so I'm getting back to basics with no fancy hull splits or crazy ideas for this one. I am loosely basing this on a Carolina sloop but have taken quite a bit of artists license already and am naming this, " Da Seamans Sloop " as a thinly veiled nod to D. Siemans inspirational Bermuda Sloop build.
  4. 8 points
    Ahoy, It's been a very busy month but I finally managed to squeeze in a few hours this weekend. I masked the channel line and cut grooves down to take the bulwarks. I glued the bulwarks on too thick on purpose. This allowed me to sand them down thinner to shape and allowed me to try and make the join between the bulwark and the hull flush. I will be running a channel along the join to hide it better anyway. I spent a fair bit of time making some little cannons. The cannon barrels are from bamboo skewers turned down and blacked with a felt tip pen. The wheels are bristles from a dust brush. The bases are from bamboo skewers cut/sanded flat and cut to size. Glued together with PVA. I still need to trim the barrel lengths down, right now they are easier to handle. I store them on the sticky side of some tape. Saves them getting blown away. I also experimented making some hand railing for the forecastle deck, again using brush bristles and bamboo flats. I'm experimenting with hatching. Using blacked bristles here. I laid them up, spread PVA all over, then wiped off the excess and allowed to dry. I'm still not sure if I'll use this method, or try another. I also started glueing the bulwark handrails on. I will cap with a thin strip of bamboo flat on top of the black bristle shown below. I'm thinking of buying some fly tying silk to start experimenting with shrouds and ratlines. How do you folks deal with fly tying silk having a flat profile? Not round? I read somewhere that someone tried splitting the threads. Or is that not required and the flat profile is that that noticeable? Thanks all, I hope to post again soon.
  5. 7 points
    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.
  6. 7 points
    Just started this, it is going to be a gift for someone that has done a lot for an elderly family member, Loved doing the lateen rigged la nina so much that I'm going to do it again. Only problem seems to be, at the moment, is a lack of info on this ship apart from this postage stamp, but that could give me a bit of artistic licence, so might be a good thing as far as detail goes! 😂
  7. 7 points
    Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Now here's some pics of the hull as I was carving it.
  8. 7 points
    IgorSky

    What's on your workbench?

    The schooner ATLANTIC construction process is almost complete.
  9. 5 points
    As usual, I’m sure it will be well worth the wait! Something to look forward to! You do a great job!
  10. 4 points
    RSmith

    Hello from WV

    Hi everyone, I’m new to building ships in a bottle. Hope to learn a lot on here, because as of right now I don’t know where to start. I do have woodworking experience though, I’ve been building scale model vehicles for years. But I’ve been wanting to Build a ship in a bottle for a while. I’ve gotten burned out on building scale vehicles, so I figured what better time to change things up and start building these for a change. i look forward to this new hobby and getting to know you all. Rick
  11. 4 points
    DSiemens

    Da Seamans Sloop

    Beautiful work. It looks great.
  12. 4 points
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    A picture didn't post. Or I pushed a delete button
  13. 3 points
    Ahoy, I'm attempting my first SIB! I'm basing it off Alan's (exwafoo) Black Pearl plans. But more with a USS Constitution colour scheme. It is to go into a fittingly named, Captain Morgan - Black Spiced Rum bottle, 77mm internal diameter with an 18mm neck ID. I've taken inspiration in terms of aesthetics and build techniques from many of the build logs on here. I really want the ship to fill the bottle, as you say, so I have slightly stretched the plans to make the ship longer. I'm too scared of splitting a hull down the middle into left and right, so I will split it at the waterline, and add a small section for the rear high section, see sketch. It will be too tight to have fold down masts this way, so I will assemble them in the bottle and rigging and shrouds will pass through the hull, in a similar fashion to David's W. H. Dimond (DavidB773). I like the idea of the full ship hull being displayed, so I won't be doing a sea. Thus, the lines that need tensioning can't come out under the waterline... I'm thinking I will pull them up through the deck, glue, trim, and cover with deck items, like life boats, grating, etc. I'm trying to familiarise myself with all the terminology, and methods of rigging. Please feel free to pick apart my sketched plans below and let me know of any improvements or things to watch out for. Also, even though I will most likely be painting the hull, should I buy some Basswood to make it out of? Does it make thing a heap easier? I'm currently planning on using some Tasmanian Oak I have left over. It's a commonly available hardwood timber down here in Australia. Kind Regards, Caleb. Some methods of how I intend to do the masts and yards. Are loops required for the top of the square sails all the way along the length of the yard? Or were they only ever held at the corners/ end of the yards? How I plan to split the hull in three to make it fit through the neck. Showing how the rigging can tensioned through the deck. Is this mostly accurate? Showing Yard rigging.
  14. 3 points
    Bruce Foxworthy

    Tapering the yards

    Next picture. Once I get that taper where I want it I take the skewer out of the drill motor and I carefully trace the profile of that half of the yard I just tapered. That profile has to match up size for size so you may have to trace it a couple times till you get it right. Next picture. At this point I cut the skewer off at the overall length mark I made earlier from the print. Next pictures. Now here's the thing, at this point the diameter of my yard is too small to chuck up in my drill motor so I have to chuck the part up in a pin vice. If you don't have any of these then you gotta get some. Micro Mart sells them and most good hobby stores. Anyway you chuck up the yard so that the end you finished is inside and the end that isn't is on the outside.
  15. 3 points
    Onni

    "Foochow"

    Main mast fixed.
  16. 2 points
    DSiemens

    NCC-1701

    More like beam it in. 😆
  17. 2 points
    Great idea for plank bending🤗🤗
  18. 2 points
    MickyK

    Tapering the yards

    Thank you Bruce, I've practised those thread blocks, you can make them incredibly small, and also either upright or horizontal. I'm also heading toward the idea of no drilling of the yards, and only a minimal no. of holes in the masts. Mainly for strength purposes, and also it seems that most full size ships always used blocks, tied to the spars etc, instead of boring a hole through the mast. And I like the idea of putting the pin-drill into the big drill, that makes heaps of sense! Thank you Allan, for the link to "Mast and Rigging". I'll investigate downloading the ebook. That site might disappear, and all will be lost! either that, or I'll buy a hard copy. I will start a thread, I want to do a bit more research first. Thank you Mick.
  19. 2 points
    Nice work! Flyting tying thread: As for me, I like 3/0 black for rat lines, shrouds and all lines for and aft. For sail control lines, I use tan quilting thread. The "flat" part really isn't a problem. The concern is for fly tying. It is good for attaching sails. Most importantly, it is very necessary to wax all lines with beeswax to prevent fraying. Best regards, fair winds,
  20. 2 points
    Very nice work. Hard to believe that it's your first sib. Keep up the good work. Onni
  21. 2 points
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    Finger is better. I got got the wood for my disk good on side. Working on t'other. Going through the planer out in the garage workshop.
  22. 2 points
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    I'm "engines all stop."
  23. 2 points
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    Both engines done, fuselage sanded to shape, mostly. Done for today.
  24. 2 points
    Onni

    "Foochow"

    And she's done! Completed today. Please bare in mind this is not a copy of any real tea clipper but just 'a ship in the bottle'.
  25. 2 points
    Onni

    "Foochow"

    Forward mast and most of the rigging done. Tried to experiment by super glueing cotton thread and then hanging it weighted at one end,so it would become rigid and straight. These I then cut up later and added to the rigging through the bottle neck. Sort of worked but a bit fiddly.
  26. 2 points
    Then I placed the bottle on another slipway, pulled out all the gear of the standing and running rigging, fixed their CA, cut off the ends and set the flag in the stern.
  27. 2 points
    DSiemens

    Bottled Ship Builder Hats and Things

    Bruce has come up with a logo and it looks fantastic! Here's our new logo. I will soon be setting up some purchase-able items that will include it. Thanks Bruce!
  28. 2 points
    IgorSky

    Schooner AMERICA Scale ̴ 1/800

    The next step is making one more the small detail - the nose winch
  29. 1 point
    Jeff B

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    I got it figured out!!!!!! The disk is going to be similar to the coin in a bottle magic trick. Forgive me for all bartenders, who try to impress the ladies with slight of hand magic tricks. It folds into thirds. I couldn’t remember the construction method, it had been so long ago. I think I passed the trick on to a protege. I found out, thanks to the inter web. Gathering supplies, blueprint is to scale. 85 mm long, 45mm wide, 22 mm tall. The disk might be the size of a silver dollar. Im going to mount it on a silver painted toothpick or transparent clear plastic rod, attached to a base. Bottle to be a 375mm rum bottle.
  30. 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!😂😂
  31. 1 point
    I use 8/0 fly trying thread and it doesnt appear to be flat. Maybe theres a difference between the thread and the silk?
  32. 1 point
    James w rogers

    Da Seamans Sloop

    That's looking really good! 😎
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Your level of detail is amazing. When I try to do things at that scale, there are clumsy knots, globs of glue, uneven cuts, etc. Your work is so clean. More practice, I guess!
  35. 1 point
    Jeff B

    Da Seamans Sloop

    Nice!!! btw, I don't like buying new tires😀.
  36. 1 point
    Good start!
  37. 1 point
    James w rogers

    "Foochow"

    Excellent work, looks great! 😎
  38. 1 point
    JesseLee

    Constitutionen

    Wow!
  39. 1 point
    DSiemens

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    I see where it's going. It'll be tricky but I think it'll look really cool. I'm excited to seem more.
  40. 1 point
    JesseLee

    Starship Enterprise in bottle

    Cool! I'm gonna love seeing this one!
  41. 1 point
    Jim Goodwin

    SHIP PLANS!!!

    Like Alan, most of the plans I use come from books. I typically photocopy them to the scale I want to build. Howard Chapelle books are good and can be found on ebay and often used book stores. Cheers Jim
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Nice over view of your work Igor! You do great work on tiny models, and agree those dead eyes were a bit too large and out of scale, better left off a model of this size. Your slipway is very ingenious, pegs and holes to hold the rigging lines is unique and a good way to do things. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  44. 1 point
    Jeff B

    What's on your workbench?

    Pride of Baltimore complete and bottled up!
  45. 1 point
    IgorSky

    What's on your workbench?

    ATLANTIC in progress...
  46. 1 point
    Search Google for 'bending a square sail to yard' and select 'images'. Stacks of info that may be useful. Remember, there is nothing wrong simplifying things a bit for a small scale model. Alan
  47. 1 point
    Caleb: Looks like you've got a nice project going. I'll be watching your progress along the way. I like the idea of passing the lines under and then up thru the deck. It's a technique I've never tried before but I know it can be done successfully. My biggest advice would be that you have to be patient with yourself and not let any hick-ups deter you from continuing forward. There is always a plan B. The first one is always an exciting adventure. Good luck Bruce
  48. 1 point
    Jeff B

    What's on your workbench?

    Bruce, last night, after testing my mast fold on the hinges, I realized that the foresail lines running through the eye at the keel was putting too much stress on the lines. Decided to pull them out through the bowsprit only and leave the keel lines running through the keel loop. Namely, the 2nd mast (main) pull through the deck, and the boom swings on the gaffs sails that keep them from swinging. I like that it keeps them together. It still has a function. Now on to Alan's jig with staple push off launch. Best regards, Jeff.
  49. 1 point
    IgorSky

    Schooner AMERICA Scale ̴ 1/800

    Then I needed only to fix the rigging with glue and to cut the ends of the threads, to install the bottle on the stand and to close the cork.
  50. 1 point
    IgorSky

    Schooner AMERICA Scale ̴ 1/800

    Now it's time to pour a little of sea in a bottle ))
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