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Onni

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  1. Yeah, I can thoroughly recommend the book Will, it's what got me started on this great hobby.
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    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. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
  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!
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    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.
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    SS Great Britain

    Added the fake gunports which I think make the hull more attractive. Next the funnel gets more work and the bridge/viewing platform is added. Doesn't look that much but it amounts to several hours work. Just hope it all goes as planned as this is one of my builds that is a build log under construction;most of my other build logs were already completed before I posted them so I am a little bit nervous about the end result of GB. A long way to go before completion though....
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    Hello from CT

    Hi Will and welcome aboard. Jack Needhams' book is a great help in getting started in this hobby as well of course as this forum!
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    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.
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    SS Great Britain

    Progress has been slow.Mostly fillers and multiple painting.Cut out the deck using thin wood veneer pieces.
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    SS Great Britain

    Had a bit of a break from the ship building to do a bit of a fun project which maybe I can incorporate into the bottle stand. The original photo of Brunel is taken by the launching chains of the Great Eastern so I would be using a bit of artistic license to use it with GB.
  14. Nice work. Looking really good, especially the ship's wheel.
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    SS Great Britain

    Thanks Micky. Originally I had planned just to cut it half vertically but after measuring the hull again and the bottle neck opening (27 mm) it will have to be cut horizontally as well,unfortunately.
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    SS Great Britain

    As before in some of my other models I have drilled through the ships hull with 2mm diameter holes so that I can peg it together later with cocktail sticks after i cut it up.It should then go back together and line up perfectly. I then cut up strips of white styrene (0,3 thickness) to try to mirror the plating on the real ship. It also makes it a lot easier to bend around the bow and stern. It looks a bit opaque but once its painted, it should be solid looking. Looks a bit of a mess so I have to use a bit of filler and sand it down. Gt Britain's hull is a bit difficult to replicate as she
  17. Fifty years ago this month (July) SS Great Britain returned to Bristol from the Falkland islands where she had been used as a storage hulk for many years and then abandoned. Built by Brunel in 1843 she was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. She is now fully restored . I am going to try to build her as she first looked after her launch. On a trip to England last year picked up a Large 'Bell's' Whisky bottle so I was thinking that would be suitable enough for this large ship. I must of looked quite funny or a bit suspicious walking through customs with a huge bottle sticking out of my
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Many thanks Chass.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Thanks James
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Thanks Jeff
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    HMS FURY 1942

    I cheat! Well not really, I purchase photo etched railings from a Polish company called GPM (they produce mainly card models) but they also sell photo etched railings and other items. Of course I paint the railings first and then super glue them in place. Nice railings make a model stand out I think. If I tried to make them myself it would be a horrible mess I used 1:400 railings. The one's in the picture are 1:250.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Went out and bought some light blue felt just to finish off the inside of the old whiskey box and added/glued the ship's badge onto the side...and she's done. Pity Dad's not around to see it ,think he would of loved her.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Forgot to say she was a 'veteran' of Dunkirk, PQ17, Operation Pedestal (to supply Malta) and of course D-Day.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Thanks Bernard. She was a 'F' class destroyer launched in September 1934.Dad told me that she could still do 35 knots on a good day. Her main claim to fame was transporting Edward VIII after his abdication, to France in the very early hours of the next morning.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Thanks John
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