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  1. Today; An online search led me to an article in Collectors Weekly on Whimsey bottles. Said locking stoppers were popular in the 19th century and really took off when Popular Mechanics ran an article mid-century. An hour later, I found an article with a photo in PM archives online. Jan 1938. vol.69. no1. Page 81 Hope it helps.
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    To boldly go... out of this bottle.
  3. Glancing around at PM archives again. Haven’t seen it yet.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Splendid piece of history!
  5. Mick-. My advice, glue every knot. Be careful not to get it on the rigging as it put unusual bends in it that won't allow it to appear tight. CA glue can be used, but keep in mind it fogs up the bottle and may do so for some time. Best to stand the bottle on end to ventilate it. Keep the cork loose for a month or so. You may need to go back in and clean that fog . A swab and acetone (Fingernail polish remover) will do the trick. When running lines through the bowsprit or through blocks at there, I use CA glue to secure them. I put a small fold on my paper sails to attach to the lines and use "puzzle glue" on the line. I get it from a craft store. It's for hardening puzzles so they can be framed. People do that, I reckon. Others may do things differently. All the best.
  6. Good idea, except it's a direct violation of the This Hobby Is Not Going To Cost Any Money Treaty, made with Mama Bear.😀 Jeff
  7. I buy my fly tying/ fly fishing materials from J Stockard Fly Flishing @ JSflyfishing.com I also go to my local sporting goods, outdoorsman shop. Like Mr.Fox said, 3/0, 6/0, 8/0 size. Black, tan, brown, white (for stripe). Waxed is good. I rewax EVERY line again because drilled holes are rough, not smooth on the thread and will fray it when the thread moves in and out. Stockard has beeswax. I've also learned to run the thread through the wax (I use a block of beeswax I got from a beekeeper) before threading the needle. The needle tends to strip odd the excess wax. I just checked for you, thread is in category "fly tying materials." All the best, Jeff
  8. A picture is worth 1000 words... I took the conning tower off. It's just held in by deep wire pins cut from paper clips. I bent the front periscope to plumb vertical. Having a boost of confidence, I made a rudder, and tested my nerves and blood pressure with insertion. It worked this time, after a half hour of flopsin the sea.
  9. 1963-1993 While other teenagers were driving cars... I was driving a multimillion dollar state of the art master of seas. Loved it so much, I begged the Skipper for reenlistment and to let me do another "hitch" on her rather than go to shore duty. Being fully aware ware of the dimensions, as I've walked them many times, and was quizzed to pass ships submarine quals, it's to scale. Couldn't get the rudder fin in. She's maximum knots, it's buried in foam. She had just came out the shipyard and was refitted with sound dampening rubber on all noise making machinery, and a new reactor core. She was the fastest and quietest of her class. The next class was faster, but the Permit was still quieter. "First to fire" the Mark 48 torpedo and the Subroc. The rest is classified. Got the idea from Dan.
  10. Side view. Once in the bottle, can set the joint straight with adhesive.
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