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  1. 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
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  2. Working without plans or proper procedures is a bit of a chore. I had to manufacture some of my own parts like dead-eyes, braces and mast hoops. I rigged the yardarms onto hoops so that they are adjustable instead of gluing them directly to the masts as I think was the intention - which would have been hard since I don't have plans that tell me where they should be glued. So I'm either making things up as I go along or researching other models to figure out what things should look like. I've used parts left over from some other kits I've built and I borrowed the mast, gaff and boom rigging sc
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  3. 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.
    11 points
  4. Onni

    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
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  5. A hoy! I have been working on the masts, yards and ratlines. I bought some fly tying silk and it is very fine. However it is not a single strand, but multiple ultrafine threads laid up together. They are not braided together, which means they easily fray and seperate. But I'm reasonably happy with the results I've got for the ratlines. Shroud lines are standard sowing thread. I set the shrouds up with the correct number of strands and angle, then overlaid the silk ratlines. With tape holding everything in place I dabbed super glue all over it, then absorbed/wiped up the excess glue.
    10 points
  6. After about a month of work, my 1/1500 scale, fully scratch-built USS South Carolina model is finished. The model is entirely built from scratch. For more info, visit my website, www.josephlavender.com The hull and turrets are made from boxwood, the balance of the details are mostly brass, but I did use some styrene, and the funnels are turned brass. The decks were planked with basswood, mast rigging was made from tungsten wire. The ship’s boats are made from boxwood, brass, and stainless steel sheet. The ship is painted using Stynylrez black primer with Vallejo acrylic for bot
    10 points
  7. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Today I got all the deck furniture done.😁
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  8. The wheels on the gun carriages reminded me of a trick I used to keep track of cannons.
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  9. Onni

    What's on your workbench?

    Black Pearl. Built one for my eldest daughter seven years ago so thought I had to try to make a better one. Thanks to Alan and Caleb for a bit of inspiration to re-visit the Pearl. She's about 50% completed but still have much to do,masts ,spars,sails etc....
    10 points
  10. Greetings shipwrights, In the last few days I have been experimenting with the folding disk, it has to look right in the bottle. I' m on #4 and I think I figured it out. Meanwhile I chose one of the ships to be a static display for the shelf above my work area. Still envisioning putting the other in the bottle piece by piece. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Or a nice Thursday for those those outside the U.S. Best regards, Jeff
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  11. Ahoy, It's been a very busy month but I finally managed to squeeze in a few hours this weekend. I masked the channel line and cut grooves down to take the bulwarks. I glued the bulwarks on too thick on purpose. This allowed me to sand them down thinner to shape and allowed me to try and make the join between the bulwark and the hull flush. I will be running a channel along the join to hide it better anyway. I spent a fair bit of time making some little cannons. The cannon barrels are from bamboo skewers turned down and blacked with a felt tip
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  12. Trying to fathom out what to put on deck as I can't find any info or pictures of this ship, it appears to be a merchantship so it's artistic licence time. Started with a hatch, from a thin piece of walnut ply left over from a ship kit I've been doing. Drilled some 0.5mm holes and just trying to square them out.
    10 points
  13. Artur

    Constitutionen

    Continuation Artur
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  14. Greetings All, I had the idea of taking a method for making ship's boats I developed and testing whether it might work for much larger hulls. It was all experimental, so I wasn't taking photos as I worked, but since the idea worked out well I redid all the work covering it with photos to show how. Some of you may have seen my work with ship's boat hulls being made by using a plug of the hull shape, covering that plug with cigarette papers whetted with diluted white (pva} glue. Believe I have a video showing how this is done on Vimeo, do not have the URL for that but you can look it up on
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  15. I've finally finished the main mast and rigging. The small scale of the model forced me to approach the build from the bottom to up; from the front to the back and from the inside to out, so not everything gets put in place the way a real ship would be built. I would normally leave details to the end but something like the ensign was easier to apply while the main mast was off the model. The ensign is a 30 star US flag (circa 1850), something I wanted to add to balance the made-in-China stigma of the kit. Some of the tensioning in the rigging might also have been tighter if I didn't need to bu
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  16. This is the ship finished. I made some mistakes, such as not measuring the width from the bottle, so the mast was smaller that it should be, but i like the result. I hope you like it.
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  17. Try drilling any holes in the masts and yards before taking down to size. I also use a small dab of thinned varnish (acrylic is good and available in small bottles from hobby shops) or CA glue to strengthen the hole. Re-drill when dry, then size the mast. I use a home made drill guide (shown below). Its made from a bit of brass right angle, a small flat filed on top as shown and a number of holes for different bit sizes drilled in it. If you want to drill into the end of a dowel, a small countersink on the underside, and tapering the end helps. Have fun and stay safe Al
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  18. I'm just about done with the deck details. I included as many upgrades, embellishments, improvements and details (also mistakes) as I dared. I had some materials left over from two other models that I put to use. I early abandoned all hope of historical accuracy and the scale of the model is too small for true accuracy so I decided to make the model "my own": I upgraded the cannon barrels and carriages and lashed them down; I included two swivel guns in the aft; I fashioned cannon balls from pin heads and mounted them into the ball racks; I made belaying pins from brass wire (I also had some l
    9 points
  19. Donald

    Mayflower

    Slowly building her up, scuppers, more planking. I have been playing with this for a couple weeks and this is the point I am at currently.
    9 points
  20. tazam0827

    Asgard

    It occurred to me that I never finished this build log. Didn't want to leave you all hanging. I'm sure you were on the edge of your seat! I wasn't super happy with the results. But in the interest of sharing our disappointments as well as our triumphs, here it is. I should have spent more time smoothing the hull after I made some design changes, The proportion of the masts wasn't quite right and I think I should have included the topsails. Also, if you're going to make your ship heel, make sure it heels towards the front of the bottle. Otherwise it
    9 points
  21. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Well I've been so frustrated with not building anything because of this or that dead end, or this or that distraction, that I decided to go back to my roots and build a simple sloop so I could at least get going. I chose the" America", because years ago I made a,"Model Shipways" model of it. At the time I remember it took me nine months to build it. Working on it a few hours a night after work nearly every day. I decided to take my model out of it's case and photograph it so I had good references and I took the lines from the book I have called, "The Story Of Sail". So here's some p
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  22. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    So here she is on her stand. I'm so glad she turned out okay. Regards Bruce.
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  23. Recently one of the guys on the forum noticed a tool I had made showing up in the background of one of the photos I had posted about my current build project. He really liked it and said he was going to rip off my idea. The Nerve! LOL. I made this tool years ago to assist me in putting my ships in there bottles and it really never occurred to me that maybe it had some merit for others in our art. Anyway to make a short story short, I told James, that I would draw up a print and then he could make his own. As I was contemplating doing this, it had been on my mind for some time to make a better
    9 points
  24. Jeff B

    What's on your workbench?

    The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure.
    9 points
  25. She floats! Now that was a tight squeeze 😂. Hull is now glued down with pva, once that has dried I will start to fit the masts and shrouds and sails one set at a time starting with the mizzen, then the main, and finally the foremast.
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  26. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Well I'm making progress even though it's not much, I'm getting there little by little.
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  27. Donald

    Da Seamans Sloop

    Well folks, I am going to retire on January 2 so I thought I would get started on a project to help keep me from getting bored, I have had a few failures lately so I'm getting back to basics with no fancy hull splits or crazy ideas for this one. I am loosely basing this on a Carolina sloop but have taken quite a bit of artists license already and am naming this, " Da Seamans Sloop " as a thinly veiled nod to D. Siemans inspirational Bermuda Sloop build.
    9 points
  28. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    I decided to give James Rodgers technique of putting a diluted coating of PVA on my sail material and see how that worked out for me . Nothing ventured nothing gained. I think his build is La Madonna or something like that in the build logs . I really should get my facts straight but I hardly have time to make this entry. Anyway I did it a little differently by taping my cloth down on top of a piece of wax paper and then brushing the glue onto it. I put it next to a heat register to dry and it kinda turned out okay I guess. I can form the shape to the sails and that seems to hold but we'll see
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  29. The 'Pearl' in pieces....
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  30. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Turned out okay, I think. It gets painted black along with the rest of the hull. Boy this working small is tedious as hell. You certainly can't have any coffee nerves going or you'll be screwing up like crazy. LOL.
    9 points
  31. Artur

    Constitutionen

    Continuation Artur
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  33. Started rigging the shrouds on the masts, these strips will be cut to short lengths and glued inside bulwarks when inside the bottle. Trying to get a suitable green paint to match the picture is proving troublesome, mixed some yellow in 3 times now to lighten it but every time it dries to dark, so I’ve given up, that’s the colour now, take it or leave it!😂
    9 points
  34. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    These next few pic are of a brass semi circle seating area that go around the helm that I turned on my mini lathe. It kinda looks like a horse shoe laying on the paper there. I used a piece of bandage to represent the decking underneath it. It's a work in progress. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
    9 points
  35. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    Now here's some pics of the hull as I was carving it.
    9 points
  36. Bruce Foxworthy

    AMERICA

    And here are some pictures of the bottle I hope will work and the stand I have roughly made up.
    9 points
  37. Getting there ! Slow progress as spent more time trying to trace this ship. It is definitely documented as a merchant ship but can’t find any surviving plans or pictures, so apart from this stamp the rest of the decks fittings are a total guess. Here’s the story so far, needs a bit more shaping and sanding prior to paint, so have started on the masts and yards. This is is how I bend planks and other wood items, I soak the wood and then strap to the bottle with an elastic band, then fill bottle with boiling water and just leave over night, usually works quite well
    9 points
  38. My latest little creation, SMS Seeadler as she appeared early in her career in 1917. The model is made almost exclusively from boxwood and brass. The sails are a fine tissue paper that has been primed and painted, the rigging is several grades of tungsten wire. The sea base was made from carved basswood, then painted and sealed with epoxy resin.
    9 points
  39. Onni

    "Foochow"

    And she's done! Completed today. Please bare in mind this is not a copy of any real tea clipper but just 'a ship in the bottle'.
    9 points
  40. I made more thinner rigging yarns, made new stay ropes, finished the running rigging, added the tiller, the flag on the bowsprit, painted the underwater part with copper and reassembled the whole structure on the slipway
    9 points
  41. Artur

    Constitutionen

    Continuation Artur
    9 points
  42. IgorSky

    What's on your workbench?

    Hello, everybody! I was away for a while, but my work was progressing... Best Regards! Igor.
    8 points
  43. Thanks Micky, my sentiments exactly! Along those lines, I spoke with my helmsman and he said he was tired of getting splinters in his hands and a sore back from horsing around that old-fashion tiller, so I upgraded the helm to a more convenient to operate ship's wheel - although it only has five spokes. (I fashioned it out of an old watch gear I had in my box-o-junk and some brass wire for handles). I suppose the original Harvey could have had a tiller and the "desk" in front of it seems consistent with a tiller arrangement but I had to turn the "desk" around and make a wheel box out of it.
    8 points
  44. Donald

    Mayflower

    Working out the bow (prow?) section and how to get it through bottle neck without problems.
    8 points
  45. Bruce Foxworthy

    Viking Ship

    I've been able to work on my Viking ship the last few days. With all this staying home now, I think I'll start moveing along better in the coming week. Here are some pics of where she's at presently. Stay safe guys and gals.
    8 points
  46. All done. Added a little flair to make it fun.
    8 points
  47. Ship is ready, so started the sea in the bottle. First coat of acrylic paint is now in, and when dry will be covered in acrylic caulking for the sea. The black line is just marker pen on outside of glass used as a guide. Silica gel packets really speed up the drying process by soaking up the moisture in the bottle. 😁 The bottle as a really thick base so I will hide this with a rim of wood that will be part of the base.
    8 points
  48. Donald

    Da Seamans Sloop

    Plugging along. It sure is difficult to make pictures that do justice. I guess it's just easier to see all my mistakes when you zoom in a bit. Put a captain at the big wheel, feather in cap.
    8 points
  49. Staric display/ prototype is done. Lessons learned: 1. All 3 struts need to be really tight. They are holding unbalanced weight. 2. The red stripes are impossible for me to paint straight. Amazingly, Scotch tape takes a red sharpie very well, can be cut with a razor blade and sticks well. 3.Paint on tape seems to suck away adhesive property. 4. Measure twice, cut once. 5. The interweb, is a good source for details related to a specific ship. Photos plenty of this one, plans, paints used. 6. Each piece in the bottle will have to dry thoroughly and at ma
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