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Bernard Kelly

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  1. Hi Bruce and welcome. A method I use with plastiline is to form the hull as if you were going to make a full hulled model but the bottom part is only about 1/8th of an inch thick. It attaches to the upper hull with the two pin method normally used for a full hull. I then stick the bottom to the inside of the bottle with an epoxy and when set place the plastiline around it and form my sea. I then find that when I glue the top to the bottom piece that it is very rigid and well secured. I sometimes use the bottom of the base to put the name of the ship on. If I do it along the edge I can put the epoxy in the middle and it does not cover the name. I then usually stand the bottle on it´s end with a wad of tissue in the neck to dry out. I usually leave it a couple of days and then insert the rest of the ship into the bottle.
  2. Fantastic detail Igor. I love the rope work on the bottles and the little wicker basket looks great. Bernard
  3. Very nice job. I put two in a long olive oil bottle once but yours looks much better than what I can remember of it. The only real problem I had was getting the bottle clear of oil. Well done Bernard
  4. Hello Hafid There are some great modellers on this forum and they will be happy to take you along with them, step by step, if there is anything you need to know. Sometimes you need a specialised tool to work inside the bottle or a jig to help form a certain item. There is nobody more inventive than the bottle shipwright. I have been attempting to perfect this art for fifty years and I am learning every day from these lads. Bernard
  5. Nice model Lubber 123. If you want to use a turks head knot again follow this link.. https://www.animatedknots.com/ . There are quite a few knots on here and the animated videos give very clear instructions.
  6. Very nicely done John. The chain looks really good. It must have been very time consuming. Bernard
  7. Very nice Igor. Excellent detail and the sea is very watery looking. Great. Bernard
  8. Nice looking models Garry.
  9. Great job Jeff. I have really enjoyed reading this first edition of the Bottleshipwright newsletter. I am looking forward to the next one already. I am sure I speak on behalf of many members of this forum when I say....Thank you for your efforts and the time you have put into this. I am sure the following editions will be just as absorbing. Again many thanks. Bernard
  10. 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
  11. Very nice James. Looks like she is really rolling to the waves.
  12. Looking good James. A fair replica too. Just like I remember her. Bernard
  13. 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
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    HMS Gannet

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