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Jeff B

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Jeff B last won the day on November 9 2020

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  1. Ahoy Mick! I feel Your pain. I spent my 2020 wrecking a clipper in a bottle 3 times. One for the record book for sure! Once again; taking time away, contemplating my next. Maybe for you, attempt #2 will be the one to celebrate! Maybe for me, attempt #4 will be the one. Cheers, mate!
  2. YouTube is a great resource. I thought about what knots I use. -cow hitch and reef knot to attach yards to masts. -Clove hitch at end of yards. -Square knot a lot. -and Figure 8 loop for masts pulls at the cross trees. Attaching a pic of a cow hitch around a yard. (Thanks to D. Siemens)
  3. I used to race RC model yachts in a club. World Cup rules, around bouys. We were members of the AMYA and held/attended tournaments. Good times. Sometimes the guys would let me win.
  4. Clipper. 3rd attempt. Previous 2 broke in the neck. I’m using the hinge method. 3rd times a charm. Lessons learned.
  5. Nice start! I have a Lexington completed without a bottle too! The bottle It fits in has a ship in it, dagummit! I should visit the nice bottle lady at the consignment store, one of these days.😀
  6. Looks like those masts are good. Just gotta drill the holes. as for the pull lines, a touch of glue on the mast and then cut the line with hand made cutting tool with (razor). A skewer stick with broken razor glued on tip works for some. We all make our own tools. I use a very fine fly fishing leader tippet line (7x 2.7 lbs) I can barely see it. I can leave it in and pull it out through a bowsprit hole with the other lines and snip it there. Or, cut and glue at the mast, depending on the look. Cheers! Jeff
  7. Nice start Will! I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season 26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. Cheers! Best regards, Jeff
  8. Today; An online search led me to an article in Collectors Weekly on Whimsey bottles. Said locking stoppers were popular in the 19th century and really took off when Popular Mechanics ran an article mid-century. An hour later, I found an article with a photo in PM archives online. Jan 1938. vol.69. no1. Page 81 Hope it helps.
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    To boldly go... out of this bottle.
  10. Glancing around at PM archives again. Haven’t seen it yet.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Splendid piece of history!
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