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  1. 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.
  2. Hi All, I am in the process of starting my second SIB. I intend to use bamboo skewers for the masts and yards, etc. I can taper the masts easy enough, using a drill and sand paper, they taper from one end only. But tapering the yards, which go from big to small, from the center outwards seems to be a challenge. Apart from just sitting down and sanding them, is there an easier way to get an accurate taper on them? If I had a lathe, it would be easy, but I don't. Any thoughts or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Mick
  3. Hi Bruce, I recently bought the plans for HMB Endeavour from this site. They look detailed enough for a small model. http://www.bestshipmodels.com/ Or you could have a look at, john-tom.com Cheers Mick
  4. OK! I now have a ship in a bottle! Because of the height issue, I removed my clay sea, just soaked it in water, and it eventually came away. The epoxy that held the clay in place took 10 days of soaking it acetone. Cutting the bottom of the hull off is an option if it it done before bulwarks and rigging go on, doing it afterwards I think it would be a bit of a pain! Likewise, trimming the top of the masts. I really should not have to do either. So I glued the ship directly to the glass, and then poured in the ocean. All I have to do now is make a base for it, and she can go onto the shelf. Cheers Mick
  5. There is a Ship in a bottle! More to be done!
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    This is amazing, I'm looking foward to the rest of the build! Mick
  7. Looking forward to watching another build! Mick
  8. Hi All, I have a question, "Has anybody ever actually finished this kit???" I've been playing with my sea, and have come across an intriguing problem! The OD of the bottle is 90 mm, minus 2 mm? thickness of the glass, leaves 86 mm clearance inside the bottle. The ship, on it's supplied stand, is 88 mm tall. According to my calculations, it won't fit, especially using the supplied stand. My sea is about 4 mm thick, under the hull, and I don't want to find out, after I've poked Hanna through the neck, and glued her to the ocean, that the masts are too tall! At this stage, it looks as though I will have to remove my clay sea, and then do something else.(Plan C!) I'll have to ponder this!! Cheers Mick
  9. Hi, The original stand is MDF. I remade it in mahogany, then decided to place the ship in the sea. The tool supplied seems to hold the ship reasonably well. there is almost no weight in the ship, and the brass wire is quite soft and flexible, so it should be reasonably easy to poke the ship through the neck, and then drop it into the bottomless hole in the ocean. Plan A is to put some slow setting epoxy in the hole, and let the ship bed into it. Sounds easy!!!!! Mick
  10. Hi All, Thank you for your wishes, everything went well, I now have better eyesight than most people 30 years younger than me! She is almost ready to go into a bottle. Some cleaning up of details etc. I have been playing with the sea, (in a coffee jar), and it seems to be working OK, the clay takes a few days to set properly, but it easy to paint. The clay does not stick to the glass, so when it is properly dry, I have to roll the bottle and put epoxy in and then move the clay sea back into position. A bit of a pain, but what the hell! With my new eyes, I can now see all the bits that aren't good! However, I won't pull it all apart and start again, that will have to wait for the next project. Enjoy your-selves! Mick
  11. Hi all, More progress. The masts are up, the sails on, since the photo, I've put the Ratlines on..... As I said earlier, I glued some 1/2 round styrene strips to the masts, gaffs, boom and bowsprit, and painted them brown. I think they look a bit more realistic than square brass etchings. The sails supplied with the kit I wasn't happy with, so I remade them out of very light-weight sail material. They are still a bit "chunky", however the entire boat is not perfectly to scale. I think they look OK! At least better than the originals. I also tied them to the masts and gaffs, looks a bit like mast hoops. The eagle eyed among you may see extra fore stays, they are temporary, just so that I can tension the rig while i tie the rat-lines. And the anchor mount broke again! At the moment I've put a drop of areldite epoxy onto it, and now I have to wait 24 hours to see if it holds. And yes, the masts fold down enough to go into the bottle!! The kit supplies a stand to go into the bottle, however as the ship is displayed with sails hoisted, it should also be displayed sailing. (with a crew on board) That is just my opinion, I would expect there to have been lots of discussion in the past regarding how miniature ships should be displayed, Sails up, sails down, on a stand, in the ocean, personally, I think it is up to the builder, after all, it's his model. There won't be a lot of progress for the next 6 to 8 weeks, as I am going in to get my eyeballs up-dated to v.2.0 , to get rid of my cataracts. Enjoy your builds. Cheers Mick
  12. Well done Bruce, I just hope my Hannah turns out 1/2 as good as yours! Regarding your sea, does the Plastalina ever go solid? I've done some research on it, and they say to bake it in the oven at quite high temperature, I wonder if the bottle would handle it. And also can it be painted?? whether "soft" or "solid". Thanks Mick
  13. I'm back, Hi all. Finally got her painted, and all the deck furniture in place. There are a few issues, some I think are built into the kit, some are mine! If anyone builds this kit, when you cut the slot for the photo-etched brass keel, take great care to make it very neat, and close fitting, especially around the bow area. I had to put in tiny amounts of wood filler to make it fair. If there was no filler, the laminates of the bread and butter hull would indicate planking, which could be varnished, or stained. I think the model would then look a bit more realistic, The cateyes, which are a part of the photo-etched bulwarks, have a tendency to snap off as you bend them to shape. And I think that the tabs that fold up to become part of the hinge for the masts may have the same issue. I'm thinking seriously of gluing a little block of wood to them, to give them a bit more strength. I really don't want them breaking as I'm trying to erect the masts inside the bottle! And the supplied transom doesn't fit properly. So I'll start on the masts etc, which I have been playing with. I intend to make a few minor changes, nothing major, just so that the details look a bit more nautical. Cheers Mick
  14. Interesting read! Thank you for putting the efforts in to bring this information together. Mick
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