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  1. Donald

    Mayflower

    Working on the bow a bit, the sprit still needs gammoning.. The old bow was not planned out well where it slides apart at the hull split, so re-worked that. I spent way too much time making anchors and I believe they are still a bit too big for the scale. I am going to try and trim them down a little, but at the same time I don't want to lose my sanity so I may let them pass if they are close. I fine tuned my rigging a bit more. I'm still trying to think ahead and make things as easy as possible to rig up, once it's in the bottle. Sails are coming soon here. I made a test sail out of good
    4 points
  2. Donald

    Mayflower

    I am going to take some advice here and make a control line to pull the the chain-wales into position. Thank you gentlemen.
    3 points
  3. Donald

    Mayflower

    While I am not going to stress about being 100% accurate with the dimensions and rigging of the real ship, I would like there to be a reasonable likeness. Little things like painting the gun port lid, below the waterline white, and adding a British rudder pendant. When I think it looks pretty good and then I take a close up picture, it looks horrible with all her flaws highlighted. I suppose it's good that your eye doesn't pick up most of those flaws once in the bottle but I feel like my work is rather sloppy. Something to work on.
    3 points
  4. 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 thoug
    1 point
  5. Hi John. A couple of years ago, one of the members of the European Association of Ships in Bottles (EASIB) had an article published in Bottleship, EASIB's 1/4ly magazine on making SIB hulls from card and paper. This was to introduce young children to the art safely by only having to use scissors and not sharp blades. The technique was to make a card laminate hull, the 'layers' being cut to shape using reducing sizes of deck outline or hull lines and using PVA glue to stick and harden. This block when dry could be sanded to final shape and drilled as required for masts, etc. Photographic
    1 point
  6. exwafoo

    Mayflower

    Hi. Donald, Nice work. Its looking good. Unfortunately, macro photography will show up everything. Looking forward to seeing it in the bottle. Alan
    1 point
  7. Donald

    Mayflower

    Worked the stern and rudder a bit more. Since the hull is split, and the deck is split I had to hide where they slide together, hopefully it looks convincing.
    1 point
  8. Hi guys: I just wanted to pass along a resource that I haven't yet seen being incorporated in the builds on this forum. Some of you guys are using polystyrene in sheet form but did you know it also is available in a wide range of channel profiles? As soon as I found out about polystyrene as a viable building material, I was all in to try it. I just started my build of the Baltimore clipper "Harvey", and decided to incorporate some of these channels in it's build. When I get around to writing up my build of this ship when it's finished, you'll see how many applications I'll be using t
    1 point
  9. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    All, I've started on my Black Pearl SIB at last. Its a gift for my daughter when she graduates this coming summer with a MA in Special Effects. There are a number of film series that are very popular with the students and Pirates of the Caribbean is one of them, especially with my daughters group. I actually started last year with research into plans, not surprisingly there is very little of any use out there. I found a drawing (below) of the prop itself but nothing really helpful. So I set about drafting up my own. I used Powerpoint Draw facility as I know how to use it (and have pr
    1 point
  10. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    Forgot to say, complex styrene shapes can be cut by using a thin nylon thread in place of a sawblade. The friction melts the styrene. Usful for cutting out small gingerbread type pieces. Just keep the thread under tension, eg, replace the blade in a small coping saw or similar with a piece of thread. Alan
    1 point
  11. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    A swift update. The Pearl went into the bottle before Christmas, but it transpired that the Kracken was lurking and it got the mainmast. Actually, the hinge tenon split, not the hinge pin breaking as one would expect in a break. I couldn't fix it in the bottle, so out it came, incurring a bit more damage as SIBs are designed for one way transit through a bottle neck. Anyway, repairs made, SIB relaunched into the bottle and pieces assembled. I'm just having the devils own job getting the port main topmast backstays in place as the lines have developed a twist that is making me scrat
    1 point
  12. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    I get it in the local model shop. There is a good selection of packs of sheet. strips, rods and tubes. Its called Evergreen Strip Styrene, although there are other makes and its certainly available on the internet. I've found it useful for a number of things. Its good for building up small pieces like window openings, or making tops or cross trees, and adding detail like the wales. Not so good if the small piece requires a bit of strength. Having a length of the right size strip saves a lot of cutting. There are modelers that use it for moulding, eg, making lifeboats. I've never tried this m
    1 point
  13. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    Hi All, Time for a bit of an update. More or less finished, as far as I want to go anyway. I need to make some guns, anchor, and the figurehead. I've started the rigging, hence it still looking like a limp washing line, might have a rethink on a couple of bits of this - I'll see how it goes. One thing I have found is that working with all black makes for hard work seeing the rigging against the ship and sails. It really does need a bright light. Also hard to get a good phot. best to all Alan
    1 point
  14. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    All, Thanks for your interest, kind comments, questions over the SIB and concern over my hand. I was moving a large patio plant tub by tipping it on edge and rolling it like you do with a barrel and got my hand trapped between it and a wall. Bruised,swollen and stiff for a while. The stiffness lasted, making holding small bits hard, but its just the pinky now, not much use for modeling anyway. I've uploaded some more phots, one with a ruler to show size. I basically measured the inside of the bottle and shrunk the plans to suit, so I haven't actually got a scale. I've
    1 point
  15. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    Dan, I've done some more work and had a start on the masts. The hull is split, you can see the blocks in the photo above with the elastic bands, and in the enclosed phots. The little stand is only a temporary thing. The masts are 1.5 mm thick at present, although the perspective of the maco shot makes them look thicker. Alan
    1 point
  16. exwafoo

    Black Pearl

    Just a quick update - hull taking shape. Alan
    1 point
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