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  1. Thanks mick! Yeah you're right it does have quite a thick base on it, I got it from the lidl supermarket. Its their brand called hortus gin (70cl). I'm looking into finding similar bottles as the first sib I did was done in the same style bottle aswell but it was a 20cl (port bottle I saved from Christmas). Cheers Rob
  2. Thanks onni! Agree with you, next one I will give it a go with more detail. I must've attempted to carve the Hull about 5 times before i got it right and I scrapped a set of masts on it aswell. The begginers model which is the same except one mast less was a bit of a disaster, hence didn't get bottled but I could practice putting inside bottles to get an idea. Rob
  3. I'm on with the next project and that is the 4 mast barque that is in the book. I've also purchased the story of sail book, which was recommended on this forum, its brilliant!
  4. It's definitely not the best most of you guys have seen or done! ha. But this is my third ship and second bottled. It was a massive learning curve!! The bottle was so tight to work with! But personally it looks better the tighter the squeeze! I made alot of mistakes and cursed quite abit too, obviously all part of learning!! It's all done by hand as the book suggests and as I would prefer. Here's the pics in order I hope...
  5. Just looked at it Alan, that was really helpful and definitely pushed me to make something along those lines if not that jig itself! Ive been trying to get mine as neat and straight as poss and most are acceptable but then there's always that one or two that tempt me to scrap and start again... All practice though! Cheers Alan!
  6. Hey Alan! I'm not too far from Robin hoods bay and its one of my favourite spots in the area! Saw in the book that it had ties to there, I'm assuming thats why my Grandad had it as it was bought fairly locally I imagine. I bought a few other books but they are very vague in comparison for a starter. Thankyou for the heads up about EASIB I will definitely be looking into joining up! Also, great idea from you for the jig to drill holes in the masts that Dsiemens kindly dug out and posted earlier for me! Cheers Rob
  7. Hey dsiemens! That's brilliant thankyou! will give that a read! Rob
  8. Hello, happy to be here! I'm so happy I stumbled on this forum! So much amazing talent and information on here!! I'm on my 3rd ship and working from a book (Leon Labistours making ships in bottles) that was my grandads who has since sadly passed many years ago. He made one for all his children and I was always amazed by the one he made my mum from being a young child (and my aunties and uncles). I finally took the plunge and now I have seriously been bitten by the bug!! I love spending time carving the hull and the painting it etc, I love the time it takes to to do all the rigging and adding the sails! What I struggle with is drilling the holes in masts etc. I do it by hand with a pin vise. Does anyone have any jig ideas for drilling masts or just fast and accurate ways of doing it? Apologies if I have asked those questions in the wrong section! Many thanks in advance! Rob
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