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Spanky

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  1. Pretty ingenious, I can see that being very useful. May have to try that also.
  2. That was great! My Dad has been gone for years but this was his hobby, he had a huge hardcover Ashleys book of knots and would spend hours doing real old school knots etc.. He took a lot of pride in his ropework and would talk with anyone who would listen. He had all kinds of special rope knives and splicing tools. He was an engineer for Gray Marine, then plant manager for Chris Craft engine division in the late 60s. My Dad would literally have booked a trip to the U.K. just solely for this little museum. Really sparked some great memories from my childhood, thanks for posting.
  3. Onni, Love the stand and SIB. Just starting a stand for my favorite SIB. It's a Jonny Reinert bottle and deserves a proper stand. Planning on power carving an octopus as the stand.
  4. Thank you gentlemen. Daniel, I saw a picture of your box in another build and really liked it. The portability factor I like a lot. The Don Hubbard jig I like as well. I was given a nice wooden box with a liquor in it for being in a friend's wedding. The box is just the right size and strength so I think I will try and incorporate some ideas here and mate them with the box. I'll see what I can conjure up.
  5. Thanks Jeff. I've painted a few flies but never tied them. Steal their box for SIBs?
  6. I'm interested in building a box, or jig, or platform from which to build SIBs. I've seen a few in build logs and could use some advice. Curious if you folks have any pictures, pros, cons, tips, things that make life easier when building etc. Thank you!
  7. Found this card on Ebay a few years ago for a couple dollars and forgot I had it. Anybody know anything about these or time frame? Just thought it kinda interesting and right up our alley.
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    Da Seamans Sloop

    Could be a Merry Christmas bottling going on tommorrow. Pretty scary but I believe I have prepared well. Stay tuned... Happy Holidays everyone!
  9. Wow! Bravo, super impressive. Nice presentation and photos on this build log as well.
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    Da Seamans Sloop

    Working on the "ocean" a bit. This is the first time I have played with this "Plastalina" and I kind of like being able to "sculpt" an ocean. I have to cut it in half then place back together once in the bottle. Still plugging away at the sloop. Sails coming soon.
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    Da Seamans Sloop

    Plugging along. It sure is difficult to make pictures that do justice. I guess it's just easier to see all my mistakes when you zoom in a bit. Put a captain at the big wheel, feather in cap.
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    "Foochow"

    Thank you, that was helpful.
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    "Foochow"

    Onni, very,, very nice. May I ask, did you cut your hull with a scroll saw? Thanks, again very impressive, so much knowledge around here.
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    Da Seamans Sloop

    Stealing a few ideas from you fine folks and playing with them. I put some mast hoops of "heat shrink" on the mast, not sure if I will use them but they are easy to cut off if I don't. I used heat shrink to reinforce around the holes in the bowsprit. I tried numerous methods to make blocks that looked O.K. and failed. I ended up rolling a little balls of glue and sticking them in there. Eventually I would like to buy some tools from Micro-mark to help build "little", with accuracy and tolerances, but for now my eye will have to do. She at least fits in the bottle with room to spare.
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    Da Seamans Sloop

    Thanks James, that doggone steering wheel was worse. It still resembles a huge, steam paddle wheeler type wheel, ...unless they made them big like this for ocean going vessels??
  16. 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.
  17. Thanks, I think it will. The latest would have been fine but for a silly mistake, and it can be repaired relatively easy. I am going to retire in January and will suddenly have all the time in the world to get my craft together. Since I've gotten my learning curve failures under my belt, ...sky's the limit.
  18. Well, I've been noodling around for a bit but seem to be learning the hard way a lot. My previous pirate type galleon failure had a lot to do with my lack of how to rig properly, stressing masts etc to breaking point. I have since done D.Siemens Bermuda Sloop but made it too complicated by having the hull in 3 separate pieces, choosing an old bottle with a very small opening that dives into the bottle proper making manipulation difficult. As a result, I settled for less sails and cut my frustrations short. I have made the sea too deep and broken the mast on the roof of the bottle. I threw one out because I slopped too much resin and caulk on the inside of the bottle moving things around. Maybe the challenge, the fact that it isn't easy, the patience learned, I don't know but it still fascinates me. My most recent failure is another galleon. I started out with an over an under split hull. Things went well I put the sea of resin into the bottle. I tried to manipulate it when it was too hard and messed it up. I threw out that bottle and grabbed a Pinch bottle I had laying around. I put the bottom part of the hull in however when I went to put in the upper hull and rigging, I found out the opening to the Pinch bottle is smaller than the original bottle. The original bottle fit well.Unfortunately the Pinch bottle did not. So it's back to the drawing board but I'm humbled rather than angry, and I hope that some day my failures will pay off in the form of some amazing success. Similar rookie frustrations out there?
  19. Thanks, it is however 3 times larger so I have a lot more room, and your CPA is your priority right now. Really great thread though. As a newbie, it opens your eyes a bit to how things "should" be done. Hopefully I can get it in the bottle O.K.
  20. DSiemens, this is a great choice for learning, thoroughly enjoying this build. It really is a beautiful vessel, partly because of it's simplicity.
  21. Different color and diameter thread for this rigging?
  22. Thank you, your instructions have been great. No worries on time, life is busy. I'm a full time single Dad of a teenager, so I can empathize with the lack of precious "me" time.
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