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  1. Newly addicted

    Welcome aboard, Spanky! I like your ships. They have character.
  2. My first SIB: Dimond

    Began putting threads through the hull. The photo seems to make the threads appear thin or small in scale. However, in hand, I believe it will end up having a good balance between everything.
  3. My first SIB: Dimond

    Thank you, Charlie B. and everyone. I've added anchors and their ropes. The small hatch against the forward cabin is attached to it so that's all one unit. Nothing else is glued to the deck. The masts have all of their lines attached and the extension threads for outside the bottle are tidied up.
  4. My first SIB: Dimond

    Painted the acrylic caulk sea then glued it to the thin wood sheet. (See it beforehand on the first page, about midway.) Scraped the high points to create whitecaps and touched up the troughs for the appearance of depth. Yes, it's blue but not as vibrant than shown here. In other words, I think it's realistic. I like how it turned out. I plan on putting her in the bottle this week. I made some thread handling tools that should make it go smoothly. Oh, yeah.
  5. Mast handling tool

    I posted a short YouTube video of measuring inside of the bottle using this tool. No link here but search: Ship in a Bottle insertion tool . David
  6. My first SIB: Dimond

    My single thread block making attempt wasn’t successful so I made wire loops instead. Maybe a stiffer adhesive would withstand all of the handling. Here are the wire loop rejects except for the one on the left. It was being used until I needed a second thread to go through it. (Never mind about still having them…) Here is a support for the rear boom. In the bottle, it will hold the boom in the proper position while the adhesive at the mast dries and also brace the boom when the threading loop is used to pull the thread downward through the hole. It is pegged with a very thin aluminum wire. For removal, the top of the post will be pushed aft. (My paintwork is not ready for its close-up.)
  7. My first SIB: Dimond

    I got a solid rigging plan for the work inside the bottle. As I mentioned in my first post, the masts are pegged and going in one at a time. There're going to be lines threaded through the masts and the thread loops you see here are for that. This method will greatly reduce the number of topside lines going through the bottle neck. I realize that the masts will need steady support during all handling.
  8. Constitutionen

    I see that you are attaching some components before insertion that rest on the seam. That would save some delicate work inside the bottle especially at that scale. Very nice execution!
  9. My first SIB: Dimond

    I like that idea about the thread block, Mr. S.! It comes at the right time for this project. It would be the most to scale attachment method and practically invisible. Tying it around the mast with maybe two close wraps would give it the appearance of being a steel band. Thank you for sharing that!
  10. My first SIB: Dimond

    Trial run for the yards and booms. The yards are just under 2 mm diameter. I would say there's going to be quite a few rigging lines on this model. I'm always visualizing methods that would work for dealing with the threads/lines when it comes time to bottle her. Especially because there are going to be lines from mast to mast and the masts are going in one at a time. I'm enjoying the process.
  11. My first SIB: Dimond

    Thank you, Chasseur! At the risk of shroud sickness, here's a pic or two. It's getting closer to having them all on the masts.
  12. My first SIB: Dimond

    I appreciate your input, Mr. S. For the sake of appearance and maybe sacrificing accuracy, every yard could have a line/thread attached to it that could be seen as its support, going from the yard end to the mast and then to the opposite end. A seaman may wonder, if my goal is to be accurate, why all the lifts? But a layman (yours, truly) would think I skipped a yard! I'm leaning toward lifts on every yard at this point, for aesthetics. If I hadn't seen those photos....
  13. My first SIB: Dimond

    Hey, all. I’m making decisions on the foremast yard rigging. I’ve viewed photos of real ships for ideas and accuracy. I want to place the yards in a “rest” position on the mast, lowered from a full sail orientation. However, I think that all of the yards on my model will need lifts except one. After looking at a lot of photos of docked ships, it seems that some fore topsail yards don’t have lifts and therefore, they are immovable vertically on the mast. Am I correct about that? Any thoughts or suggestions on the lifts? David
  14. Hello from AZ

    Hello, Rob. My guess is that the stain is from the material that the sea is made of and visible because the bottle has rotated relative of the sea.
  15. Greetings from Maryland

    Welcome aboard, Bill! Looking forward to seeing your project.