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  1. DSiemens

    HMS Gannet

    Beautiful. Well done. I agree the bottle neck shot is stunning.
  2. Great work Jeff. I think the thing you describe is the "stem". That's where the phrase from stem to stern comes from.
  3. There's an old ship in bottle saying. It gets easier after the first hundred. Keep it up you'll get there. Post a build log I'd love to see this project and help answer questions where we can.
  4. Beautiful work. I really like the pocket watch concept. I've done it a couple of times and it's somewhat refreshing because I don't have to get the model to fold. It looks really unique. It's like looking out of a porthole in a way.
  5. You know what I've found helps keep the bowsprit in place when you can't drill a hole to put it in is drilling a hole through the top of the bowsprit and out where the bobstay connects to the stem. I then tie a bob stay line around the base of the bowsprit through the hole and out to the end of the mast. This way when pressure is applied that pulls the bowsprit up such as tightening stay lines it simultaneously pulls the connection of the bowsprit to the hull down reinforcing the glued connection between the bowsprit and the hull. Since you already have it glued down you may not be able to tie the line around the bowsprit but you still might be able to use a stopper knot.
  6. I like the concept. The illusion comes from the differences in the size of the bottle neck and opening in comparison to the size of the object in the bottle. So what your looking for is that the finished lighthouse is larger than the opening. This requires splitting the light house into pieces and reconstructing those pieces in the bottle. That process get's tricky and there's no one way to do it. I have seen some people that take the finished project and cut it into pieces and reassemble it in the bottle. I think thats a difficult method. The problem with cutting a finished piece is the saw often cuts out something like a half milometer or less and the pieces don't come together perfectly leaving a seam, which detracts from the illusion. In bottle art every millimeter counts. The other method is to build separate individual pieces that are fit together by pegs or magnets or string. When finished these pieces will fit in the bottle neck individually, come together in the bottle and have little to no seam lines and as a whole be bigger than the bottle neck. If I were starting out on this I'd do a bottle with two pieces fit together with pegs. Once I got the hang of that branch out to four pieces. There are ways with ships in bottles to hide seem lines when spitting a hull to fit a ship in a bottle. For instance using the channels to cover up the split places making the hull seamless. I'd have to study light houses to find similar lines where seams could be hid. Look for that though. A lot of lighthouses have a wider top and a seam could be hid where the base and top come together. Another method maybe applying paint over seams ones the light house is in the bottle. That can get really tricky but it's not impossible. I would look at things like houses built in bottles or steamboats. We have a couple build logs that did something like that. Arturs build is a good example.
  7. I don' think I realized how small this one is until I saw it sitting on what looks like a tooth pick. Great work she's looking good.
  8. Beautiful work. It really came out nicely. I like the rope work on the stand too. I look forward to seeing your future builds.
  9. Looking great. Great work!
  10. Great set of plans. This will be a fun build.
  11. Great work! She really came together nicely. I really like the stand in the bottle look, especially with a ship this detailed.
  12. That lopms great in that bottle. I live the way it frames the ship.
  13. I have that model that a friend asked me to build for him. I aught to start it and we can compare notes. I've been critical of it because I've seen more than a few accomplished builders that decided SIB building was to hard based on the kit. It would be good to dig in and see how it really is.
  14. DSiemens

    Bottle find

    That's going to look awesome.
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