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Donald last won the day on January 6

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    allan sib

    Hi Allen, I don't mind a bit, just a little delay. The only thing I could find was from a site called theminiaturespage.com In that site is a message board that reads WW1/WW2 Naval Painting guides message board. A thread within that is titled WW2 east Coast Trawlers that addresses just this. One person replied... "also worth noting that many trawlers operated by the RN were purpose built rather than having been taken up from trade, so they would sport current RN camoflage at the time as a matter of course." Hope that helps a bit. Interesting story about the sailor on the HMT Bedfordshire that wound up in the drunk tank for the night and missed his ship, thus saving his life.
  2. Donald

    allan sib

    Looks great Allan. I really enjoyed your "Tribute" in the latest issue of "Bottleship". My brother retired from the U.S. Navy 10 years ago, having spent a good deal of his time on the Atlantic out of Norfolk, Virginia. I've been contemplating a S.I.B for him along the lines of the one you are doing currently. I'm curious if you use styrene, primarily wood or it seems maybe a mixture for all the detail on deck? At any rate, it looks like a great start and as I haven't seen many build logs of ships with internal combustion engines. I'm looking forward to following your progress on this one. Best to you, Don
  3. I managed to squeeze her in there without disaster. I still need to adjust her yards, make a neck model and figure out how I will cork it.
  4. Since the Sovereign of the Seas was designed and built in Boston Massachusetts, I decided to add the Boston Lighthouse as she, roughly, would have appeared in 1850. I ended up with a couple different types of clay laying around my house so I made the rocks and land from polymer clay in 3 sections, to fit through the neck, then baked them. The Lighthouse as well as the sea bed, I made from plastacine. I managed to get the "scene" in there and am fast approaching ...Bottling day.
  5. Hung a few sails, made a few "blocks", placed a white thread at waterline and at the rails.
  6. Covered the lifeboats on davits with "canvas", fairly happy with my bowsprit, though it appears messy with all the lines currently. Last night I hung up some silkspan and airbrushed it a yellow/brownish "aged" look for my sails.
  7. Got a bit of rigging done and will soon start on her bowsprit, followed by sails.
  8. There are various ship "plans" meaning hull lines etc. on google images. I have printed them off the interweb and then sized them with my printer to the right dimensions. D. Siemens (an admin on this site) has a build for new builders of a Bermuda Sloop. It is on the Build Logs section. That was one of my first builds and it helped me to understand the process a great deal. There are also a lot of books, many found cheap on ebay, that are on ship in bottle building that are a wealth of information. good luck!
  9. Very nice Jesselee. I live very close to Lake Michigan and have had the "Rouse Simmons" on my bucket list of future builds. Some of the underwater images on the interweb of her are just amazing.
  10. Agreed! I think I just misplaced my patience for a minute there. I would have hated it had I left it.
  11. I was just peering at my 1st of 3 sets of masts and decided on second thought, that it will drive me mad if I don't fix it. It just won't get fixed today.
  12. I started rigging her a bit. Since I got a bit prematurely excited and added deck details too early, I've had to remove some in order to rig her. I must have been quite tired last night since, as I look at the masts, the foremast is placed "bass-ackwards". The yards are tied to the rear instead of the front. In this case I am going to allow myself to be human and make mistakes rather than undoing what exists and starting over. I highly doubt anyone besides you folks and myself will ever know. Very frustrating though.
  13. My pin vise has actually been here for a bit, it's just about time to use it. I need to paint my chain black, then start on her masts and yards.
  14. I believe I originally said I wouldn't try to overthink this one but the scale is such that it allows a lot more detail, and using tips from the Labastour's book it's fun.
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