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I can see why you like that one.  There's an elegance about simple ships.  It's why sloops are my favorite.  This ship in bottle is more than just a simple ship though it has the full scene.  The trees and the light house fill up the empty spaces.  A great ship in bottle like this one is half modeling and half painting a picture.  Look up Gerard Aubrey on www.folkartinbottles.com.  He is a master at ship in bottle scenery.    

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He really does some nice work. His ships are really nice but his dioramas are phenomenal. I guess you are correct in that the combination of simple ship with nice background makes this one stand out. I imagine dioramas or background detail is an art in and of itself. Even waves or seas can have a dramatic effect, or can be distracting if not done well. I will surely be searching posts on water/ocean/sea for my galleon when it gets to that point.

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Thats a good method to use.  When I started out I had a list of ship in bottle builders that I thought did great in each aspect of the ship and sea.  I had a person for decks, a person for hulls, a person for sails a person for seas.  When I got to those part I'd pour through photographs trying to find what made that part unique compared to other builders.  If needed I asked the builder their method directly.  Most ship in bottle builders are happy to share.  

Also as a hint on seas look up Heather Rogers build of the Kalmar Nykel and Fogel Grip.  The sea in that bottle doesn't seem to stop moving.  

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