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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Placed a fife rail, made some bollards, steps, navigation lights etc. I rubbed a bit of ash into my planking to try to accentuate the seams with a little success. Making it appear weathered allows me an excuse to be less than super clean here and there.
  6. Still waiting a pin vise, however in the meantime I fashioned a cabin with lifeboats fixed on top. The whole cabin is removable at the moment as a mast will be directly in front of it and may obstruct it's lowering. I put a bit-o-planking mid-ship and made a hatch. I'm going for a bit of a weathered look to her. I also ordered some photo etch anchors and the smallest "portholes" I could find, which have not yet arrived either. I know it's an "easy" way out but I was super disappointed in my attempts at those two.
  7. Thanks guys, just learning the carving but it's fun. I picked up a couple of books off ebay, on figureheads to research a bit. Apparently there are quite a few old figureheads at The Valhalla Museum at Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. Curious if any friends from the U.K. have been there? If I go to a EASIB convention, I would love to check that out. An interesting side story... about a week after I got and read the figurehead books, I was out riding on my Harley Davidson motorcycle in the middle of Michigan, when I happened to end up behind a couple other folks riding bikes. To my surprise, when the guy in front of me slowed and I saw his leather jacket, it read "Valhalla" across the top "Norsemen" across the bottom with a picture of wind filling the sails of a square rigger in the middle. Talk about a coincidence...
  8. During this past summer, my nephew attended the "Great Lakes Boatbuilding School" in Michigan's upper peninsula with the focus on traditional boatbuilding and repair methods. As one of his projects he built a little pocket yacht sailboat of about 14 feet, so I volunteered to carve a figurehead for it. Of course he chose a mermaid, and although it isn't quite finished, it's well on the way.
  9. I am deviating slightly from the book, however I want to utilize the techniques within' for the majority of the build. Deviations are primarily for historical accuracy. I am going to try not to overthink too much, as I sometimes get lost in the tiny details, rather than producing a realistic facsimile of the ship overall. I have misplaced my pin vise and while I wait for a new one's arrival I have fashioned the basic hull shape, shaved some bulwarks, the bowsprit, a capstan, windlass, cats head timbers and a bit of planking in the fore. I don't know about anyone else, but I am pretty good at consistently creating a huge mess, just to produce a miniscule piece.
  10. Hi all, cold weather is forcing my "ship in bottle season" to open up. I have a wonderful, albeit large, model of The Sovereign of the Seas. I plan on restoring her in the future as the model is about a hundred years old. I bought it at an auction years ago and was later surprised to find tucked within her was a letter written by the gentleman that built it. I found a wonderfully large bottle on ebay and I decided to utilize the expertise and guidance of the Labistours' book "Making Ships In Bottles", and build this beautiful clipper ship within' it. As a newby I have learned a bit of what not to do via the "hard way". I have a collectors model of the Labistour's, that is among my absolute favorites. I found their book and I just love the methods, tips as well as the way it was written. I have fashioned a work stand per instructions and have begun the hull. That being said, I hope I can do the book justice. I found a book on how to make clipper models that included deck plans, sheer plans, breadth plans. rigging plans, jibboom plans etc. There is more detail than could be included on a S.I.B. but better too much information than the other way around.
  11. Donald


    I have a "graveyard goblet" going. I must say your collection is impressive. It's like Scapa Flow after the scuttling of the German fleet.
  12. Thanks Moab. You probably represented my brother. He was based out of Norfolk and several times represented youthful ignorance. Eventually he retired from the Navy so apparently that Captain's Mast stuff is rather effective.
  13. Yay!! Finally, got 'er in there and sailing along. I plan on carving a stand for it that is a sea turtle, upside down with the bottle resting on it's belly. I "turned turtle the first time I ever sailed one of these. I was by myself, had no clue what I was doing (left the main sheet cleated), and it turned into an 8 hour nightmare of lessons learned. Thus the "turned turtle" stand idea.
  14. True, this one has tried my patience for sure. You must have some Navy background? Most don't know what Captain's Mast is...
  15. Well this is proving difficult. This rascal has been in and out of the bottle 4 times! This morning I thought I had it, until this sailor jumped over board and I hopelessly tangled every line around trying to get him back on board. I'm just going to take a deep breath, count to 10 and figure it out.
  16. Thanks Onni. Hopefully the second one goes in a bit easier than the first. I think it will as I leaned a couple of what "not" to do things on the first. I am a little upset at myself for somehow aligning the seam of the bottle in the worst place possible. ...rookie
  17. Boy just when you think you know something... I spent all day today and managed to get the first of the two catamarans in the bottle. I had to use a small roll of putty to squish the hulls into to keep them straight.
  18. Houston, ...we have a problem. It did not go as expected and I have pulled the one I tried to rig up, back out. I have only minor damage and I think I have figured out a better way to get them in there. Stay tuned, it has only strengthened my resolve to get them in there.
  19. I completely ruined my original bottle by messing around trying to save it from angry epoxy seas. I got goo on the inside and slop for a base so... I got a new bottle. This time instead of epoxy, I rolled up some plastalina in the shape of my "sea base", slid it in and unrolled it. It was a bit hard to unroll so I put it on a heating pad for a while and that helped. Once I had the Plastalina clay tamped down, I rolled up the "sea base" and slid it in. Once in the bottle I flipped the "sea base" over, put some glue on it then flipped it on top of the Plastalina clay. I pushed down on the "sea base" into the clay as best I could. Then I held the bottle over the gas burner on my stove for a minute to soften the clay and accept the "sea base". I put a little white silicon on the bottom of my starting buoy and placed it in the far end of the bottle. I started a dry practice run to put the catamarans in the bottle and I broke a peg that goes from the trampoline deck into the hull. I've glued that up, but I have used up my daily supply of patience. Tomorrow looms hopeful.
  20. Trying to figure out the best rigging options for getting it in the bottle. I am soon going to try and put the "sea" in the bottle and glue it to the base. ...fingers crossed.
  21. I really love it myself. In case you don't know, Greg Alvey has a website called Folk Art in Bottles. There is a section where you can look up artists alphabetically. If you look up this gentleman,s name, there is a little article written by him on how he does his work, along with some pictures of other work he has done.
  22. I have a SIB collection as well as some folk art in bottles. I found this bottle on ebay, that is both of those. It is so interesting and different, I thought you folks might appreciate a look. It came in the mail today and I found that the artists name is Jim Devaney.
  23. So I ran into a bit of trouble. I mixed a two part epoxy to go into the bottle as a base for my "sea". I'm not sure where I went wrong but it wasn't getting hard, so I put a bit more of the hardener in and swirled it with a stick. It helped some but as you can see there is still a little fluid on the top of what has hardened. In doing all this, it rose the sea level to high tide and messed up my plans a bit. The way I originally had the cats oriented, when flying a hull it would hit the roof of the bottle. So, I have been experimenting with a different orientation so now when the cats are flying a hull, the mast top will be tipped over lengthwise into the bottle instead of sideways. Hope that made sense. I buried a couple of "pegs" for each cat hull in the acrylic so when slid on, they assume the correct posture. True to form, I typically do things 3 or 4 times before it is acceptable. It's working out well in my mind at this point, so hopefully that translates to minimal issues on bottle day.
  24. A motley crew for sure. I made 'em a bit shaggy so I could try and get a sensation of motion. The close up photo looks horrible as always, hoping from a distance it looks more like sunglasses than bug eyes.
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