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    Proportional Dividers

    thanks for the likes Alan
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    Pirate type Galleon

    My 1p worth that may help. These are from the Black Pearl plans I drew up. I did not use them all in the end. Alan rigging.pdf
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    Sailing Stories

    Long, long ago, in the summer of '76, as I had just finished my RN Artificer apprenticeship, I was volunteered to crew a Bosun Dinghy in the annual 'Engineers Regatta' where RN Engineers from different RN Training Establishments gathered to display their collective lack of seamanship in Portsmouth Harbour. We were launching the thing on a hard on the Gosport side, which entailed getting it off the trailer into the water (no problem) , stepping the mast and rigging it. The mast was swung upright, and for some reason that still escapes me, I was required to hold the bow (chest deep) while the 'skipper' did up shackles etc. The next thing I know is that I am being pulled out into the harbour by 'something' that was gripping me by the neck. I couldn't breathe or shout, and things were turning black when there was a lot of shouting (involving some exceptionally colourful language), hands grabbed me, the 'something' was unwound, and I was pulled gasping into the rescue boat. I got my wind back, discovered what had happened and joined in the use of the colourful language. What had happened was this; two members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), (now fully integrated into the RN) had finished rigging their Bosun next to us and set sail. I will say nothing sexist about it being a good idea to have a look round, check things are secure and ship shape before casting off, however none of this was done as they left a rope trailing which wrapped around my neck and shanghied me as unwilling 'crew', or in this case as a sea anchor, the effect of which was unnoticed by the WRNS until the safety boat crew, alerted by my skipper, turned up to the rescue. They were towed back to the hard and told never to darken the sea again. I was told to get back in the Bosun and race - and by the use of a bit of gamesmanship involving not doing a penalty 360 that wasn't spotted we came third. Never sailed since. Alan
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    Started build no.2

    Yep. Working to a deadline takes the fun out of it. Alan
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Spanky, A very nice job indeed. Its a bit late for advice now, but if you plan to split the hull, its a lot easier if you start off with a 'composite block' made up from separate, close fitting pieces pegged together. If you plan the 'split' along, say, the waterline or a whale, it helps hide it. The pieces can be pulled together in the bottle using control threads and the pegs. If you want some small, very thin saws the look here - http://www.radubstore.com/ - I have some of the tools from here and can vouch for their efficiency. They also keep an edge. The first saw blade I used lasted about a year being used on various types of wood (hard and soft) and on brass rod and tube when making tools. Looking forward to more Alan
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    A nice piece of work. Alan
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    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Another lovely bit of work, John. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. Alan
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    Borrow' a crochet hook (largish) off of your wife/sister/mum/other lady relative. Its an ideal tool for tightening up a Turks Head knot. Alan turkshead.pdf
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    Newly addicted

    My first one, started in about 2002, is still is not in the bottle. Its been in, shipwrecked, out again, repaired, modified, dropped, masts broken, more repairs and modifications, still undergoing a refit, but will be in the bottle soon because there isn't much wood left under the paint. All a learning curve as you develop your own techniques. Welcome Alan
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    North American Ships in Bottles Association

    Can I add a couple of points ref a magazine? EASIB publishes a quarterly magazine. I know the editor sometimes has difficulty in obtaining enough material, some times he has too much. It also takes a fair bit of time to produce, so think hard about a monthly mag , it may be a step too far to start with. Later on, if there is enough material, then go for it. I also know that producing and posting the hard copy takes up most of the annual subs. Soft copy is good, most people can print it out these days if they wish. But its still nice when the mag drops through the letterbox. Alan
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    The Art of "Ship in a Bottle" California Gold

    CharlieB, Just spotted your location. In 2001 and 2002 I spent a fair bit of time in Philadelphia on business. I visited a museum on the water front. There was a submarine open and a 4 master that wasn't, the museum had a number of SIBs on display, one of which I think was made from bone. Worth having a look if its all still there. Alan
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    The Art of "Ship in a Bottle" California Gold

    Thanks for the link. An enjoyable watch. Alan
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    EASB membership

    Hi Madog, I'm the Archivist for EASIB. Yes, its worth it. Some back issues of the magazine are available, I'm scanning in all I can lay hands on so that there will be a digital record available for members. If you think about it, most glossy mags cost about £4 to £5 an issue. so the fees are a good deal for 4 issues. The bi-annual convention is worth coming to as well if you can. Welcome aboard. Alan
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    Some nice work there Alan
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    New Guy

    Hi All, I'm in possession of a couple of these kits by Amati, donated to EASIB by a member who is getting too frail to continue. We will probably be offering them for sale to members via our magazine in the first instance. Of course, I had to have a look at the contents and instructions. The hull is built of of a series of laser cut laminations, then sanded smooth. The photoetched parts are all nice and crisp. As has been pointed out, the masts are 2D photoetched. But it is a reasonable bottle, clear and with a good size neck for a beginner. The finished article looks ok in the pictures. There is also a tool for holding the SIB in the bottle - it looks a bit like one of the small hacksaws that are made from bent steel, but shaped to one side of the hull profile at the waterline, with thread completing the 'loop' to hold the SIB in place. I'm thinking of using the method in future - all ideas and techniques should be shared. Hope you have fun making it. Alan