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  1. Welcome Gordon, glad you joined us.
  2. I see you've been busy Dave, wonderful models! TJ
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    I very much enjoyed the movie. It's interesting that the various European powers were engaged in a protracted struggle which strained their economies, yet they all spent lavishly upon the gilded carvings which ornamented their ships. It must have been trying in the extreme to have been a ship's carpenter, since once the shot holes were plugged and the spars repaired, there was all that gilded gingerbread to be worked on. TJ
  4. That's a fine crisp model with excellent choice of container, admirable piece of work Sapper!
  5. The person behind the Philippine operation is Jochen Binikowski of Buddel-Bini, a bottler from Hamburg who went entrepreneurial.
  6. check You Tube, Buddelschiff Produktion auf den Philippinen Tigaon Handicraft
  7. Sigrid certainly has some of the hallmarks of a factory model, the bottle closure is suspect, even without the other models from a single manufacturer for comparison. The boot topping looks dipped, the red colored wale applied, and the deck possibly routed. Cloth sails make sense in a factory model since the cloth would be more forgiving of a quick rough voyage through the neck than would paper. I hope they were printed, for I hate to think that there is some poor soul out there who spends his days hand drawing the things. That's as far as I dare go based on the photographs available. The rigging is a mysterious delight, and I almost hope the method by which it was done remains a mystery. The triatic stay appears to serve no actual function, but seems an odd thing to employ as mere window dressing, perhaps it's a remnant from the rigging process. Reeving the jib stays back into the hull through a loop in the dolphin striker is delightfully Rube Goldbergian. The bits of line that appear to be rigged in isolation along the forward edges of the masts utterly perplex me. If the manufacturer indeed designed a model as simple as Sigrid to be mass produced with its rigging raised employing a single down-haul, I take my hat off to him. TJ
  8. Bottlers actually don't have much standing in the world of art. At bottom we produce puzzle bottles which are largely written off as novelties. Importing the standard applied in static modeling doesn't improve our situation; it merely creates a pernicious hierarchy within our ranks. Ship bottling isn't the red-headed step-child of static modeling and doesn't need to ape the staticist metric in an effort to win approval, duck a beating or achieve validity. Bottling, whether of ships, crucifixes, spinning wheels or yarn swifts is folk art. It's unfortunate perhaps that there's just a touch of prestidigitation in what we do. Van Gogh didn't paint sunflowers through a keyhole with a long brush; a bottler would, which in some eyes makes our humble art just a bit disreputable. We also sometimes create overly elaborate frames for our work, stuff our bottles to the bursting point with light houses, sea-side villages, breaching whales and gnome-like figures whittling little ship models, but that's bottling. There's much more to it than a slavish adherence to historical accuracy. TJ
  9. The art world finds room for Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Grandma Moses, the bottling community is ill served by adopting a single metric regarding the work of our members. Though it's hard to tell much about the mystery model from photographs, it appears to employ a novel rigging method quite different from the conventional umbrella method often employed in the "sailor" or "folk-art" model, and that's interesting. TJ
  10. Excellent work David, i've been hoping you'd post some pictures, gotta see the things to believe them! TJ
  11. Even with a #5 lens in an optivisor I have trouble seeing #8 flyline, ordered a #10 lens last week, am curious to see how it does. I'll be brushing off the rigging with my eyelashes most likely. I'm about sick of flyline anyway, and have dug out my cotton, which I'll be switching back to for my next model.
  12. Still on the bench, but it's moved up onto the rigging stand. TJ
  13. I've heard bicycle spokes well spoken of for making tools to work inside the bottle, but prefer ordinary black iron tie wire like what's used to tie rebar; it bends readily and is useful in dodging around rigging and getting into tight corners. That being said, I too have a great affection for music wire, especially the very small sizes, which are useful for making small drill bits and the jigs used in some aspects of rigging. TJ
  14. Very nice Bob. I admire the generous dimensions of your table, and the addition of a shallow shelf below is a good one. I recently added a sort of shallow tray with raised edges below my work top to catch small parts before they can hit the floor. I had grown quite tired of crawling around looking for stray royal yards and carronade barrels among the accumulated debris. TJ
  15. Mike... I start with a picture that appeals to me, for example the fruit schooner Regulus in Laszlo & Woodman. What's missing from the drawing is the layout of the deck. Regulus was a late 19th century brigantine, and dozens of appropriate deck layouts and detailed drawings of deck furniture are available in Douglass Bennett's book Schooner Sunrise, which is worth adding to your library. Combine a deck from Bennet with the drawing from Laszlo and Woodman and you're on you're way to a fleet of delightful little hybrid models. Rigging with me is usually a compromise between the conventions typical of the model I'm doing, what it takes to get the rigging folded to pass the bottle neck and then raised again, and what pleases my eye. I also sometimes work from actual plans. I have the steam frigate Mississippi tacked up on my plan board just now and aim to bottle it in a 375 ml liquor flask with as much detail as I can crowd on, once i get clear of the little three-masted schooner currently on my bench, and assuming nothing else catches my eye in the interim. TJ.
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