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Bernard Kelly

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  1. Bernard Kelly

    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    As someone who has always struggled with sails they really impress me. A great idea and well worth the time and effort. Brilliant as ever John. Bernard
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    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Very nice James. Looks like she is really rolling to the waves.
  3. Bernard Kelly

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Looking good James. A fair replica too. Just like I remember her. Bernard
  4. Bernard Kelly

    Bottle selection.

    When I find a bottle, I usually wash it out then insert a length of dowel into it, turn the bottle and see what the distortion is like all round. If I think it is too much I discard the bottle and try another one. I like a bit of distortion myself because of, as you say, the antique feel. Some modellers use medical flasks because they are flawless. The trouble is unless you are making the model on commission, and can factor the cost into the price of the model, they work out very expensive. Bernard
  5. Bernard Kelly

    HMS Gannet

    Very nice Onni. I have followed this build with great interest. Bernard
  6. Bernard Kelly

    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Fantastic detail as usual John. This ship looks really good now. I can only imagine what she will look like when complete. The wheel and windlasses are a work of art in themselves. Looking forward to further posts on your progress. Bernard
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    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Hi James Would this be the Phoenix that is usually in the dock at Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall? I went aboard her when my brother lived down there. She is a fine ship and I wish you well in modelling her.
  8. Bernard Kelly

    Permission to come aboard!

    Hi Lou and welcome. One of my favourite sanding implements is a cheap plastic toothbrush. Cut the bristles off and file down the bristle end to any shape you want and then stick your sandpaper to it. With certain types of plastic you can heat it up (I usually use boiling water) and bend it to various angles. Finding that type of plastic has been pot luck for me. Enjoy your modelling. Bernard
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    Permission to come aboard?

    Welcome Jeff. Hope you enjoy this site. There are some really good modellers on here. You will learn a lot from them. Bernard
  10. Very nice work Igor. My congratulations on achieving such a high standard at such small sizes. Bernard
  11. Bernard Kelly


    This is a great website for knots..............http://www.animatedknots.com/ I have been doing turks head knots for about 45 years. Once you get used to doing them it comes pretty easy. I find that doing them around the first two fingers of me left hand is the best way for me. Then I tighten them up when on the bottle.
  12. Bernard Kelly

    Ship in Bottle Club

    Sound like a good idea Jeff. Count me in. Bernard
  13. Bernard Kelly

    New Year Greetings

    Best wishes to everyone.
  14. Bernard Kelly

    Schooner Edwin - my first SIB

    Nice ship Capten. Well done. The last time I was in Porthmadog was thirty years ago. I remember going on board an old schooner that was used to carry slate down to Bristol and other ports. She was part of a museum exhibition at the time. Is this the same schooner?
  15. Bernard Kelly

    Paint on glass bottle

    I have used both oil based paint and acrylic. I find the oil based slightly better but it can take a good while to dry off. Also it can leave an oily residue if you try to dry it quickly (in the sun or by a heater). The only real problem with acrylic is that it can scratch off if you catch some part of the ship on it. The bottles must be very clean and dry. I normally use a vinegar and water mix to clean the glass. Ammonia and water will also work. Just a small amount of either in water will do the trick. Thinning of both of these types of paint may be necessary. The antique models usually have the old rubber based paint on them. Good luck with your experiments. Let us know the results please. Bernard