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JesseLee

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    JesseLee reacted to Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Its a bottle that I picked up here in Finland which is a one use bottle with calibrations on the side of it(which will be hidden under the sea; so to speak) It's a bottle that I have never seen before .Has 'Kertapullo' stamped on the bottom which roughly translates to  'one time bottle;' (disposable I suppose).Liquid volume of the bottle is about 2 pints if that gives any indication of the size of the bottle.Hope that helps.



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    JesseLee reacted to Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Sorry everyone ,especially James as I mistakenly posted my stuff on James's great build log. I was reading through his log and forgot to switch to my own log. Thats what silly old men do!😭
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    JesseLee reacted to Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Positioned and checked mast heights. Drilled holes through the thin veneer for them and the jib. Also drilled holes carefully through the hull both horizontally and vertically so that the hull should go back together the same after cutting it in half and quarters by joining it with small pegs (cocktail sticks) The outside hull will be covered by a thin styreene that will hide any drill holes. I will have to cut carefully following my pencil line on the deck top so as to keep the mast holes secure and on the centre line. I won't cut the actual deck;it should go in whole.Have to travel to my craft/hobby club ( about half hours drive) to do the cutting of the hull on a band saw as I don't have one here at home.





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    JesseLee reacted to Bruce Foxworthy in AMERICA   
    Daniel:
    I spent the last three days on the waves and the hull cavity. The largest amount of that time was washing away the clay that got on the bottles side. Acetone and cotton cloth. I still am going to go over all the glass again with some Windex before I put her in. 
    This is the same Plasticine that you recommended to me and it literally melted to a liquid. The color seems to be fine though. Right now I'm in the midst of rigging her up. Hopefully she'll be bottled before the weekend is over.
    Regards B.
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    JesseLee got a reaction from James w rogers in La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).   
    I love it! These boats have a very distinctive look. Looks great in a bottle!
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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).   
    All done apart from some flags and a stand! 

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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).   
    Gravity is sometimes your friend! At least until the glue dries, I think I'll term it 'extreme lateen riggin! 😂 😂 
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    JesseLee reacted to joe100 in HMS Ramillies   
    After 36 days of work, 672 individual scratch-built pieces, my 1/1500 scale model of the British super-dreadnought HMS Ramillies is finished. The model depicts the ship as she appeared working up in late 1917 with her Wilkinson Admiralty Disruptive Dazzle camouflage scheme. 
    The model is made from boxwood and brass, with four grades of tungsten wire for the rigging. The sea base was made from carved basswood and painted. The ship was built entirely from scratch using scale drawings and photographs. If you’d like more information about how I build these ships, I have a website www.josephlavender.com. None of the models are for sale and I do not take commissions. 
    The 1943 Shilling is just under 1” or 24mm in diameter for scale.
    HMS Ramillies was a difficult subject since she’s probably the least-documented of the five Revenge class battleships. Only a handful of photographs exist of her from late 1917, the period I chose for the model. However, the originally Admiralty color plates used to paint the dazzle camouflage still exist. Ramillies wore this camouflage from late 1917 through March 1918. 
    The colors did pose a bit of a challenge since the forward section of the ship was essentially painted pink or mauve as the RN referred to it, and that color doesn’t scale well. I chose a pinkish peach color cut with a bit of medium grey. Had I used the color right from the plate, without scaling it, I think it would have appeared too garish. The same was done with the other colors as well, cutting them with grey to soften them a bit.
     




     
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    JesseLee got a reaction from exwafoo in CSS Alabama   
    Most people don't know this but the First National had 7 stars for only A few months. AS the other States joined another star was added until there were 13 stars which is the way it was from Dec. 1861 until it was changed to the 2nd National design on May 1st 1863. She would have had the 13 star version until the second was adopted.
    Here's a link to Wikipedia about it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America
    Jesse
     
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    JesseLee reacted to joe100 in HMS Ramillies   
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    JesseLee got a reaction from James w rogers in CSS Alabama   
    Most people don't know this but the First National had 7 stars for only A few months. AS the other States joined another star was added until there were 13 stars which is the way it was from Dec. 1861 until it was changed to the 2nd National design on May 1st 1863. She would have had the 13 star version until the second was adopted.
    Here's a link to Wikipedia about it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America
    Jesse
     
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    JesseLee got a reaction from Spanky in CSS Alabama   
    Most people don't know this but the First National had 7 stars for only A few months. AS the other States joined another star was added until there were 13 stars which is the way it was from Dec. 1861 until it was changed to the 2nd National design on May 1st 1863. She would have had the 13 star version until the second was adopted.
    Here's a link to Wikipedia about it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America
    Jesse
     
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    JesseLee reacted to Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Thanks Jesse.
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    JesseLee got a reaction from Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Most people don't know this but the First National had 7 stars for only A few months. AS the other States joined another star was added until there were 13 stars which is the way it was from Dec. 1861 until it was changed to the 2nd National design on May 1st 1863. She would have had the 13 star version until the second was adopted.
    Here's a link to Wikipedia about it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America
    Jesse
     
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    JesseLee reacted to MickyK in HMB Endeavour, a scratch build   
    Hi All, 
    I've started on a SIB of the HMB Endeavour, which is a relatively famous ship in this part of the world.
    I started about a month ago, after I'd visited the replica of the ship, and taken heaps of photos. As it lives locally in Sydney harbour,  it was a nice day out!
    So far, I've shaped the hull, carved out of some nice straight grained soft wood from an old office table, which was about 40 years old.
    I've also played with masts and spas, with mixed success!
    The hull is sliced at the waterline, and so far, I can fit it down the neck of my bottle. (Always  bonus!)
    This build is going to take me months, as I have to learn how to do and make everything.
    So any comments, criticisms, pointers where I'm going wrong, etc will be more than welcome.
    Thanks.
    Mick
     
     
     
     


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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).   
    Mizzen mast and sail are in and fixed, 2 more to go! In the foreground is my trusty paper clip on a stick, it's so useful. 😁 
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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).   
    Main mast is in. The problem with lateen rigged sails is in the absence of wind there's nothing to hold them up! So I have to set the yards and lines with glue. 😁
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    JesseLee got a reaction from James w rogers in CSS Alabama   
    I have always wanted to do this one
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    JesseLee reacted to Jim Goodwin in CSS Alabama   
    Have made this vessel numerous times...and one for a descendant of Capt. Semmes.   Looking forward to seeing your log on her.
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    JesseLee reacted to Onni in CSS Alabama   
    Built in secrecy by John Laird in Birkenhead, England in 1862 for the Confederate States Navy  Alabama became a feared raider; sinking or destroying many Union vessels until she was finally sunk herself  by USS Kearsarge near Cherbourg, France June 19th 1864.In 1984 the wreck of the Alabama was discovered by a French minesweeper in the western approaches of Cherbourg roads at a depth of 60 metres (200 ft).
    I will do this build log in more or less real time with 'warts and all' (mistakes) just to show that our hobby is not so easy or straight forward  as it sometimes seems.Select a bottle (which determines size of ship) and construct a simple stand for it.Had some old wood laying around that I thought would be good to use but actually wasn't,cuts badly and doesn't sand well.Cut out the deck using a 0.4 mm wood veneer that I will sand  down and stain later on.




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    JesseLee reacted to Jeff B in What's on your workbench?   
    The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure. 

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    JesseLee reacted to Jeff B in Build box   
    I like that jig. I think I have enough material to create this jig, after busting up my 2 jigs. 😀
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    JesseLee reacted to DSiemens in Build box   
    This one comea from Don Hubbards book Ships in Bottles.  Whats good about this is it raises the ship up. One of the problems I've had is builing looking down at the model gives me a bad neck ache.  Raising the ship up helps that.

     

     
    I did my own variation.  You can see it in this article. https://piratesurgeon.com/pages/other_pages/mercury_bottle1.html
    Basically the same but in a box.  I needed to transport my ship to model ship meetings and having it in a box was useful.  The top of the box is very high so the masts fit inside. 
     
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    JesseLee reacted to Jeff B in Build box   
    Here's a couple of jigs. Put the ship on either end. Whichever is easiest to work on at moment. Run lines through finger slices of 3 x 5 card (movable) to keep them organized. 
    Very portable. Kitchen table, workbench, one room to another. 
    I have a fishing tackle box for tools and some metal cookie tins for other important items (and they all are). 
    Best regards, Jeff

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