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  1. Lubber123

    US Lexington 1776

    I have long had a fascination for the US Lexington 1776. It is the subject of Charles G. Davis' book "The Built Up Ship Model" that I've had for forty years now. I never imagined that I would ever be able to have the skills let alone find the materials to be able to build a from scratch plank-on-frame ship model. However, after I got the book I used the ship diagram in the book to build a nice from scratch, to scale SIB of the US Lexington 1776. I built it for a gift upon request for a ship-in-a-bottle and after I gave it away I never saw it again. I always thought it was my best made model an
    6 points
  2. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Funnel goes in and then the main mast. Decided to leave off 'Daisy' and the cow shed as I thought the deck could look a bit too cluttered.( It's possible that I can add them later if I want to.) Main mast in place with no problems and then set in the foremast. The bowsprit gave me a few problems as the glue didn't set on the first attempt because the mounting hole inside is made up of a plastic and wood wafer construction, so in the end I used an epoxy glue to fix it firmly. Finally completed GB after several months work but unfortunately I didn't notice that the top flying jig rigging had tan
    6 points
  3. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    All the hull parts fitted through the bottle neck relativity easily but I had tremendous trouble to lift the front end of the starboard top piece over the front lug to secure it (Second photo). It actually took me about an hour before it snuggly slipped in place (Third photo).Luckily I had already designed these pieces to fit together without being glued otherwise it would of been a disaster had they had glue on them. As you can probably see some of the fragile photo etched railings received some damage in my struggles but they are pretty easy to repair. I then put in the engine room and then
    6 points
  4. Lubber123

    US Lexington 1776

    Finally made some more progress on this. I had used an old watch gear to make a ship's wheel the last time I made this SIB so I reprised that method and also made a capstan out of a gear. Then I found some watches that I think I might be able to repair and got sidetracked repairing all my old watches and bands! Another hobby for another forum I suppose. Well here is my current progress. I have the deck detail done so now it's on to grinding down dowels for the masts, yards and spars. I left the ship's boat loose on deck to see if it doesn't interfere with folding down the foremast once I'
    5 points
  5. She's Launched!!!! It's been a while since I've been here, but slowly bits have come together. There is a photo of the ship, rigged, (almost), sitting on the table, one of my launching tool,(launch ramp??),which is modelled after the Amarti tool I used for Hannah, and one of her in the bottle, with the air pump going to get rid of any fumes from the glue. I have the mast handling tool sorted out, it seems to work on the dummy runs, and a few suitable Swann Morton blades in the post, due very soon, which clip onto an extended handle. Now I just have to rig her! Cheers
    5 points
  6. Once I put the idea in my head to make a cased model, I couldn't stop. I used the kit provided putty for a sea. I found that I could make it more pliable by heating it up a bit so I put it in a saucer surrounded by a bath of hot water. It smoothed-out nicely along the glass bottom of the case and I managed not to break the thin glass bottom while pressing it in. I then used the white putty to make the sea foam and once I placed the ship in I fashioned the foam wake. The kit had some small dolphin figures included and a little lighthouse that looks a bit out of scale. The larg
    5 points
  7. I finished adding the sails. The model wouldn't look like much without them. The sails were cut out of a pre-printed sheet of glossy coated paper. I can't say that they look very authentic or attractive. I have to admit that this model is not my favorite thing. I hardly think that the ship model rates being put inside such a nice bottle and I'm still battling the thought of abandoning the model for a scratch build of something else to put in the bottle. But then again I already pasted the ship name plate to the bottle stand - but I could cover that. The yards are hard to straighten and I
    5 points
  8. Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Flipper 650DC made for a client.
    4 points
  9. Moab

    Greetings from Chicago

    I’ve always had an interest in ships in bottles but never built one. I’m going to try one after I finish my “Armed Launch.” ...Moab
    3 points
  10. Dam Dam! Plan "A" didn't go to as planned! Just have to sort out a few threads, and figure out Plan "B"!! Cheers, Mick Just a quick update, I've almost sorted them all out, and at least no damage was done, inserting or un-inserting!! Mick
    3 points
  11. I'm having a hard time reconciling putting this plastic model into such a nice glass bottle. I have another ship plan that needs this size of a bottle and I would like to re-purpose it for that application - it's hard to find such size bottles. Also I could improve the rigging on this model if I don't have to fold it. So I found this nice 5"x7" case that I had laying about and gave it a coat of cherry satin. The case was made as a top loading case and has a thin veneer bottom. I found a graphic of the Cutty Sark at sea and printed it on a 5X7 page and inserted it into the bot
    3 points
  12. Finally finished rigging the model. I added the Martindale rigging that wasn't called for in the instructions but that is about the extent of my imbellishments. The rigging instructions involve a convoluted process of tying down one side of the yard while slipping the rigging on the other side with stop blocks applied to the control line on that side made of blobs of glue. So there was a lot of glue set up time involved. I don't have the yards as even as I'd like but they look better on the model than they do in the photo. I'll have to do some adjusting after the model is set in the bottle any
    3 points
  13. Donald

    Mayflower

    Stepped out of the room for the summer. The cold has forced me back in to hibernate. Getting some masts, rigging etc. going. Played around a bit with my bottle holder.
    2 points
  14. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    For some idiotic reasons after I had glued the main sail, it went into an inverted curve (looking like the wind was blowing from the front)The solution;I scrapped off the sail and re glued it the other way round so it now has a nice curve without even me trying anything high tech to get it looking like that!Constructed the lifeboats and all six are fixed (three each side)to a thin plastic strip which will then have to be fixed to the side of the hull of GB when she is inside the bottle.Made the 'red duster' flag from an old hankerchief of which I have inserted and glued very thin wire inside o
    2 points
  15. Donald

    Mayflower

    Thank you for the info. on EASIB, I joined and love the publications etc. and facebook page. I question whether things will be back to normal this upcoming summer, but in any case I am going to hop the big pond and attend the next convention whenever that may be. Looking forward to meeting you folks as well. - Don
    1 point
  16. Chasseur

    What's on your workbench?

    Very Cool!
    1 point
  17. Thanks JesseLee and all you others for your helpful comments. I like to experiment and not just blindly follow formulas which one can do once one understands why the formulas became formulas. And when my experiments go awry (often) they are just lessons in what not to do again!
    1 point
  18. Onni

    Scratch build Bluenose

    I'm not sure if this would help you Will;these illustrations are from 'Sailing in Glass' byJOOP VAN SCHOUTEN and explains where not to glue the sails until the masts are pulled upright and fixed inside the bottle.Pretty much the same applies to your main sail,only glue one end of the sail to the gaff;you can then glue the other end of the sail later on, inside the bottle; perhaps using a piece of wire, with a dab of glue on the end of it. I usually use ordainary white wood glue to fix the sails.
    1 point
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  20. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Completed all deck furnishings (the small skylights took ages)and moved forward to the masts and rigging. I am going to rig her with half sails up but no top sails as per the drawing at the begining of this build. As you may of noticed I made a new engine room skylight and cut out the space in the hull so that you should be able to get a glimpse of the engine room machinery through the skylight.Shrouds and ratlines I make on my little jig which are bonded with super glue and white wood glue to simulate the block and tackle.
    1 point
  21. exwafoo

    Home Page

    Thanks Dan. Tax is a pain, especially as governments just seem to squander it. Along with all Brits, I hate Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue, also known as HM's Thieving Bandits, or a word like that. UK personal tax allowance did not get raised this year, so the tax man basically relieved me of most of the rise in my pension. Can't even say 'At least Dick Turpin (an infamous highway man) had the decency to wear a mask' because we're all wearing them now. Stay safe Alan
    1 point
  22. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Time for some bling.I actually hate that word but it's probably a good description for all the golden stuff that adorns GB. The trailboards illustrate the artisans work on the ship but is very difficult to reproduce on such a small scale. I cut shards of plastic and then painted them gold to try to imitate the scroll work. The Lion and Unicorn support the royal shield under the bowsprit;they didn't work so well for me as I coudn't detach them from the grease proof paper without cutting them out with scissors.Fashioned a couple of catsheads,they will be fixed later. The stern is made out of thr
    1 point
  23. Chasseur

    Preussen Clipper

    Back onto it. Started cutting and installing porthole windows Midships. Special tool made to cut and install accordingly! 4 done far left, just a push in press fit no glue.
    1 point
  24. Onni

    SS Great Britain

    Added the fake gunports which I think make the hull more attractive. Next the funnel gets more work and the bridge/viewing platform is added. Doesn't look that much but it amounts to several hours work. Just hope it all goes as planned as this is one of my builds that is a build log under construction;most of my other build logs were already completed before I posted them so I am a little bit nervous about the end result of GB. A long way to go before completion though....
    1 point
  25. A hoy! I finally cracked the rear cabins and am happy with the result. The windows and stained glass are printed paper printed with a yellow grid pattern. To get the arched window frames raised, I bent a brush bristle in a tight radius to form a U. I then trimmed each side to length and glued their ends together. These got glued over the top of the printed paper, which got glued on top of a thin strip of wood. I capped the top of the windows with another piece of wood with a rounded edge for the roof. This rounded piece is slightly thicker than the first strip of wood. This allows it to h
    1 point
  26. Hi All. Things are happening, progress is being made. The masts are sitting where they live, just have to now start attaching the sheets etc to the sails, and arrange them so that they can run out of the neck and stay untangled! Also photos of the quarter deck with the ships wheel, which I've made 5 or 6 of, and a hatch, one of the main deck with cannons all loaded, the ships boat actually lives between the cannons, and a shot of the anchors, which also took more than one attempt to make! So there is more to be done, just have to figure out how! Cheers, Mick
    1 point
  27. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    Hi everyones! Some time ago I bought a new material for the making of the sea for one of my current projects. I've never used this silicon, so I decided to first try it with some simple project.So, more two years ago, I made this hull for yacht, but at that time I was not satisfied with the result, so that the hull was lying in the drawer of my desk all the time. Now I have decided to slightly improve this hull and use it for this project.
    1 point
  28. IgorSky

    What's on your workbench?

    Hello, everybody! I was away for a while, but my work was progressing... Best Regards! Igor.
    1 point
  29. Greetings fellow ship nerds! I inherited my family's ship in the bottle and I could really use some assistance dating the piece. It's been in my family for at least 5 generations, but I have little family history other than my great grandfather brought it from Ireland around the turn of the century. There are 25 sails and four flags-the top and most identifiable being the Fa signal flag T or 3 (could also be french flag, but doubtful), I believe signal flag 1, Signal Flag B, and maybe 4. Does this have meaning? Regrettably I do not have pictures of the pontil, as the ship is at my office which
    1 point
  30. Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Okay, it's HMS Captain which sunk in the Bay of Biscay in 1870. A Victorian navy turret ship which had a dangerously low freeboard. She goes together well with my other model;HMS Inflexible.
    1 point
  31. Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Guess the ship,no prizes for the right answer though🤔
    1 point
  32. Lubber123

    AM "Privateer" WIP

    I just got back to SIB activity and noticed some interest in on Authentic Models "Privateer" kit. I had started this build last spring and left it on my work table until now. I completed the hull last spring, my favorite part, but got bogged down by the tedious sanding down of masts and spars and just couldn't bring myself back to it. I suppose I suffered a little bit of model ship burn out after my sprint to finish my large scale models and the various SIB's I finished from Needham's book. I find this kit to be pleasant enough but since it lacks a bit of authenticity to it I found I lost inte
    1 point
  33. I’ve been collecting SIB kits lately. I’m up to seven different model kits, all of various quality and contents. I was going to post these in some sort of order, like least favorite to most favorite, but one got under my skin right away and I decided to start building it so I wanted to post it before I got too far with its construction. And it is similar to a kit that Jim Rogers posted about so I thought I’d add to it. I became interested in kits because that is where I started, but that was more than forty years ago and I’ve been away from the hobby for a long time so I missed a lot of d
    1 point
  34. Donald

    What's on your workbench?

    Onni, Love the stand and SIB. Just starting a stand for my favorite SIB. It's a Jonny Reinert bottle and deserves a proper stand. Planning on power carving an octopus as the stand.
    1 point
  35. Jeff B

    What's on your workbench?

    The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure.
    1 point
  36. Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Set the Black Pearl inside a small half barrel with a moonlight sky as a backdrop and lit by a small battery Led light. That was the image I had when I first started the model so I'm happy with the way that it turned out.
    1 point
  37. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    About a day later, I started to fill the second layer of silicone. I mixed the remaining 40% of the colored component A with an equal amount of the component B and the resulting mix I filled into the bottle. The surface of the "sea" was almost flush with the line cut of the hull along which is going the waterline.
    1 point
  38. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    And so looks the forward sails and them rigging
    1 point
  39. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    The idea of making this rigging of the boom was born suddenly for me. Feature of "bottle" modeling is that it should be possible disassembly of the rigging before placing the model in a bottle and reassemble all we have made before this, but inside the bottle. In this project, I am going to put into bottle the hull of the model piece by piece, and then later install the mast and pull the rigging.
    1 point
  40. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    Here is the next small update - I finally fixed the mainsail and cut off any excess threads.
    1 point
  41. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    So, I also continue to learn. This model has become my testing ground for the testing new ideas and technologies I was continuing to work with sails. At first I have glued grommets using CA. But it was not the good idea. Then I tried to use Titebond II and then I have drilled holes.
    1 point
  42. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    The next step is the making of the sails. First I tried to make them my old way, but I did not like the result.
    1 point
  43. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    Then I completed the mast and boom attached to it.
    1 point
  44. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    On the deck should be binnacle
    1 point
  45. IgorSky

    Yacht J-class. Scale 1/300

    The next stage - making of the steer wheel. In this case I also have used some photoetched parts.
    1 point
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