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  1. exwafoo

    HMS FURY 1942

    Ship's badge is a nice touch. Alan
  2. West Country Trading Ketch Bessie Way back in 2016,when the world was normalish, the Royal Yacht Club asked the European Association of ships in Bottles to help fund raise for the UK Olympic Sailing Team by building and donating SIBs that had had the sail signed by a team member. I built two SIBs of this ship, see Build Log called ‘Going for Gold Build – Bessie’, so I won’t repeat that part of the build. I actually built 3 SIBs, using the third as a trial ship for some techniques, such as split hull, that I had not used before. Up until last year it sat on a shelf unfinished. I then thought I’d carry on with trial methods in the form of small blocks and dead eyes to see how I got on. I made the blocks from a strip of hardwood veneer. It was a mixed packet of off the net so I’m uncertain what it actually was. The strip was 0.75 mm thick, 1 mm wide and about 10 cm long to give something to grip. I drilled 0.5 mm holes along the length at 1 mm intervals, then applied a diluted acrylic varnish to strengthen the wood strip. After clearing the holes, I filed notches all round as shown in Figure 1, then cut the blocks off. I held them in a pair of tweezers that have a sliding lock, Figure 2, to lightly sand the corners. The tweezers were then held upright in a small vice and the block stropped with thin buff thread with a touch of glue on the thread and knot. Figure 1 Figure 2 I then set about the running rigging as shown in Figures 3 & 4. I know that these blocks are a touch too big for the scale, but it was a proof of concept. I’m happy enough with the result. To form the dead eyes, I tried a method I saw on a page on the net somewhere a number of years ago. A small jig is made, Figure 5 left hand side. I used 0.5 mm brass rod in a bit of wood. Wire is wraped around the posts as shown. The wire is then removed, the shroud threaded through it, positioned and glued in place. The centre of the wire circles is filled in with glue mixed with black paint. I actually used thread on the jig as I did not have any wire of the correct size, and stiffened it with dilute PVA glue, removing the assembly before the glue cured completely. Figure 4 shows a close up of the dead eyes installed. Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 shows the completed SIB before bottling. Figure 6 Then, CRACK, the mainmast broke in the bottleneck, Figures 7 & 8. Not a happy camper. Figure 7 Figure 8 It took a while, but I fixed it by turning the break into a hinge using a thin piece of brass so it would not break again. Circled in red in Figure 9. The brass rod sticking out to the right is my mast holder tool. Figure 9 Figure 10 shows it nicely bottled and dust free. Figure 10
  3. Dan, If you do decide to make the trip, try to make it when the EASIB convention is being held. Two birds with one stone. Alan
  4. Oni, Its not one of the well known ships. Cutty Sark gets most of the publicity in London. It has a website and there are a lot more phots on line. I remember seeing a recent photo that shows the dock has been drained (the water was disgusting) and scaffolding erected around the ship, so I think some maintenance is being undertaken. Its worth a visit if you get a chance. Al
  5. Some phots of the Golden Hinde replica in London.
  6. search on 'Drake statue Plymouth Hoe'. Some nice phots on line. I spent a lot of time in Plymouth when I was in the RN, and found myself back on a regular basis when my son went to university there.
  7. The Royal Navy Hydrographic Office produced a limited edition chart in 1988 showing the course and sites of the battles and other major events during the Armada's attempt at invasion. My Senior Officer managed to get hold of one for all his staff. I get it out sometimes from its roll holder just to check its ok. Its a nice bit of art to have. The information tends to stop after the remnants of the fleet sailed into the North Sea. Unsurprising as there was no real way to keep track and report where they went. Hostile waters, no charts, demoralised men, bad weather. Must have been a hell of a journey for those that did make it round the top and back. The hunt for the treasure reputably on board tone of the galleons that sank in Tobermory Bay, Isle of Mull, Scotland continues to this day, more contradicting facts including the name. Drake was not considered a pirate in this country. He was in fact a trader, until the Spanish attacked him while he was at anchor off of a port in the Caribbean, killing a number of his men. After that it was no holds barred, especially after he had been given Letters of Marque from Queen Elizabeth I, a common practice in those days when there was not really a standing Naval Fleet. I've been on a replica of his ship, the Golden Hind, that is moored in London. Its small, and he went round the world in it. Hope you enjoy the research. Alan
  8. There are mixed stories over the fate of the Shipwrecked Armada Sailors on the West Coast of both Scotland and Ireland, some were rescued and became part of the community, others were killed. There seems to be very little published fact over it, especially as 'history' is written by the Victors'; it certainly was in those days.
  9. exwafoo


    Hi Spanky, Have a look at the membership page on our website, link above, but repeated below. All the details are published in Bottleshiop, and on the facebook site. Like I said though, its cancelled this year as are a lot of things. We are hoping to have next year though. Look forward to meeting you Alan Membership link (EASIB) (facebook page)
  10. exwafoo


    Hi, Sorry, its The European Association of Ships In Bottles. (EASIB) (facebook page) We actually have members from all over the world, not just Europe. There is a small annual fee to cover the cost of 4 quality colour members magazines a year; Bottleship. (Past issues are currently being digitised to be available to members, a slow job). We have a convention every two years at a maritime heritage venue to show off SIBs, hold competitions (including best stand), swap ideas, and an evening meal with a guest speaker. Not to mention actually enjoying the venue. There is a photographic category for members who don't wish to, or can't attend. This year's was to be at Greenwich, London, near the Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum, cancelled because of the damn virus, but there's always next year. I'm the association archivist, hence pushing for members. The front of the latest Bottle ship shown below. best Alan
  11. I looked up the name carved into the stand. Wikapedia says "Faugh a Ballagh is a battle cry of Irish origin, meaning "clear the way". The spelling is an 18th-century anglicisation of the Irish language phrase Fág an Bealach, also written Fág a' Bealach. Its first recorded use as a regimental motto was by the 87th Regiment of Foot in 1798." Looking at the shamrocks, I'd say there was a definite Irish connection. I have found a dredger, a barge and a paddlesteamer of that name referenced on the web. 1798 is also carved into the stand, so there may be a connection to a ship or the regiment. The clipper ship style, to me anyway, seems to be from later on in the clipper ship era. I stand by to be corrected.
  12. exwafoo


    EASIB has a 'Best Stand' category at our conventions. I think this would be a very strong contender! Super job. Best to all Alan
  13. Rob, Check out the thread I just started on 'Odds and Ends' ref jigs. Alan
  14. Hi All, Hope you are all keeping safe. There has been a bit of talk about mast drilling and jigs, etc over the past few months. I thought I'd kill a couple of hours in lockdown putting together a screed on how I do it and the jigs I've made to help me. Hope its of interest. best Alan Mast drilling jigs..pdf
  15. Lovely job as always John, thanks for sharing. Alan
  16. Hi Rob, Leon Labistour's book is an excellent book for people getting started. It was the first SIB book that I bought and introduced me to the European Association of Ships In Bottles ( EASIB) and ( Facebook page). Consider joining - the more the merrier. Leon lived in Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, and we have a number of members in Yorkshire, (may be close enough to go and have a chat with) as well as the rest of the World. The Association produces 4 quality magazines a year (currently being digitised so back copies will be available) and a biannual convention held at a venue with a maritime connection. Sadly cancelled this year because of lockdown. All the best in a new hobby Alan
  17. Nice start to the hobby.
  18. Interesting subject. I was in Australia in Autumn '86 whilst in the RN. It was for the RAN's 75th Birthday Party Fleet Review. Lots of ships from other nations navies were there to take part, including France, still very unpopular in those parts because of the Rainbow Warrior and exploding their Atomic Bomb against all world opinion. The French endeared themselves even further to all by refusing to indulge in the time honoured tradition of raising ones' cap while giving the inspection officer, HRH The Prince Phillip, 3 cheers because, quote, "The French don't doff their cap for anyone". It thus came about that anyone ashore in Sydney who spoke with a French accent was introduced to a large Aussie boot in the posterior. This had an unfortunate effect on the poor Canadian Navy because they have a lot of French speakers in Canada. They ended up going ashore in uniform, where of course, they were made very welcome. The US sent the USS Missouri, a WWII battleship. I attended a cocktail party under the forward guns, where, by special dispensation from President Reagan (USN Ships being 'dry'), beer was served.To this day I'm not really sure how I survived the 2 weeks of hospitality. Looking forward to seeing the SIB. Best Alan
  19. Interesting method of attaching mast sections together. You'll always learn something for the next one. Al
  20. Try drilling any holes in the masts and yards before taking down to size. I also use a small dab of thinned varnish (acrylic is good and available in small bottles from hobby shops) or CA glue to strengthen the hole. Re-drill when dry, then size the mast. I use a home made drill guide (shown below). Its made from a bit of brass right angle, a small flat filed on top as shown and a number of holes for different bit sizes drilled in it. If you want to drill into the end of a dowel, a small countersink on the underside, and tapering the end helps. Have fun and stay safe Al
  21. They are all practise runs for the next one. 😁 Stay safe Al
  22. exwafoo


    Didn't mean to frighten you. This was on the Black Pearl I did, there's a build log on the forum. The hull was split, and the quarterdeck was separate. The chain-wales were cut from brass shim to give them enough strength with two locating lugs. The port backstays on the mizzen have developed a twist so that it is proving difficult to untwist then locate it in place. I go back to it every few weeks, the trouble is the more I play, the better chance of breaking something else. I have considered just gluing it to the side of the hull, and dab of black paint would hide it, especially as its on the off side. But stubbornness gets in the way. If I ever did this method again I'd have control lines from the lugs through the hull to pull it into place. The others all went in without a hitch tho. Keep at it, its a nice looking SIB.
  23. exwafoo


    I split mine off centre, usually with the stem and stern piece on the starboard side so any less than good joints are on the 'offside'. I've used the fixing the chainwales in the bottle method once, and I'm still trying to get the last one in place 2 and a half years later. I would use control lines to pull them into position if I ever use this way again. As has been said, its all a learning curve. Stay safe.
  24. I use https://smallseotools.com/image-to-text-converter/ its an online free tool. Then use google translate. Alan
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