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Donald

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  1. Donald

    Mayflower

    Finished up the stand and cleaned most of the glue from inside the bottle. I guess she's pretty much finished. Now, ...what next?
  2. Donald

    Mayflower

    To say this has been an exercise in patience, would be a gross understatement. I got 'er in the bottle without "major" disaster but there were quite a few things that went wrong. The post on the stern broke off(in the bottle), that was an absolute bear to try to glue back on for the rigging to loop on. My control lines all broke, ( foolishly used thread I had not tried before) I got glue in the peg holes, ...before the pegs got in there, I still have a bit of glue residue inside the bottle that I think I will be able to clean alright. My stern lantern wouldn't fit through the neck so I had to
  3. Another really great source here, still you tube, but search "suture tying or suture techniques". There are a lot of physicians that can do magic in terms of tying knots in small places. They have perfected techniques that may be quite useful.
  4. Donald

    Mayflower

    Made and raised the Union flag and The English Cross of St. George. Trimmed the anchors a bit, pulled 'em up to the catheads and hooked up the "chains" from the hawse holes. Touched up the 2 cannons, made a new capstan. Planning on sprit sail, stern lantern and control lines to chain wales soon.
  5. Donald

    Mayflower

    Trial and error with sails today. I first printed some with seams, telltales, reef lines etc., then sized it accordingly. Then I thought, well it's only printed on one side so I printed another set cut them out and glued together. The print lines were too dark for me, so I tried painting the sails white and weathered looking but in the end I thought it looked terrible so... I took them off and started over. I am happier with the refit. I still need to shave down the anchors a bit and clean up the hull, touch up some paint etc. but she's slowly getting there.
  6. Donald

    Mayflower

    I am going to take some advice here and make a control line to pull the the chain-wales into position. Thank you gentlemen.
  7. Donald

    Mayflower

    Working on the bow a bit, the sprit still needs gammoning.. The old bow was not planned out well where it slides apart at the hull split, so re-worked that. I spent way too much time making anchors and I believe they are still a bit too big for the scale. I am going to try and trim them down a little, but at the same time I don't want to lose my sanity so I may let them pass if they are close. I fine tuned my rigging a bit more. I'm still trying to think ahead and make things as easy as possible to rig up, once it's in the bottle. Sails are coming soon here. I made a test sail out of good
  8. Donald

    Mayflower

    While I am not going to stress about being 100% accurate with the dimensions and rigging of the real ship, I would like there to be a reasonable likeness. Little things like painting the gun port lid, below the waterline white, and adding a British rudder pendant. When I think it looks pretty good and then I take a close up picture, it looks horrible with all her flaws highlighted. I suppose it's good that your eye doesn't pick up most of those flaws once in the bottle but I feel like my work is rather sloppy. Something to work on.
  9. Donald

    Mayflower

    Worked the stern and rudder a bit more. Since the hull is split, and the deck is split I had to hide where they slide together, hopefully it looks convincing.
  10. Donald

    Mayflower

    I am feeling pretty good about the odd rigging, still fine tuning that. I am beginning the stern and rudder today.
  11. Folks, After reading the 3 issues of The Bottled Shipwright I am in awe of the history, and experience enjoyed by this group. That being said, please forgive my newcomers excitement if things I post are already common knowledge. I came across this book , cheap, on ebay and wow do I really, really like it as a reference for historic ships of sail. It details, quite accurately I believe, all the specific areas of historic ship model building, and explains the difference in eras, of those specific areas. I'll throw up a couple of pictures for example but as a newbie, I will be referencing
  12. Very cool, I look forward to your progress on this. I was ironically just reading some of "The Bottled Shipwright " here on the site and was surprised to find a fair amount of construction here and there out of paper or cardboard. It seems like it would be so much easier to work than wood in certain circumstances. Looks great so far!
  13. Donald

    Mayflower

    Making some progress. I have been agonizing over how to rig this, and I am going to try something a bit different for me. I have a SIB built by Jonny Reinhert and the way he rigged this ship is unique. It appears as though he made several "loops" (arrows point to them in pics) of thread rigging that, once in the bottle he would manipulate onto a post or mast end, instead of utilizing a lot of thread through the mouth of the bottle. The channels and blocks appear to be pinned to the side of the hull. I am shamelessly going to try and copy his method. I don't want to be too optimistic but I fee
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Donald

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, I would love to contribute and participate. I know Dsiemens also gets support from members which I would also love to help out. Let me know how to make it happen. I would seriously consider attending one of these now that I am retired, I think it would be great. Thank you!
  17. Donald

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, what is EASIB? This is actually the first wood carving I have ever done. I bought a "Foredom" (power) wood carver, very similar to a Dremel tool. I was trying to incorporate some "whimsy" into the stand. My plan was to have one tentacle removing the stopper, while another tentacle inserted itself into the bottle some, thus becoming the stopper. Being a rookie at this also, the stopper tentacle broke off. I think from being too skinny and the tool spins at 20,000rpm with a carbide bit on it that helped to torque it off. I'm still contemplating splicing a tentacle in. I am also planni
  18. Donald

    Mayflower

    I found myself getting careless and having to duplicate a lot of work, so I thought I would take a small break. So while not technically part of the build, I have started carving a stand for the Mayflower. Now, I'm about ready to give to stand a break and get back to the ship proper.
  19. Donald

    Mayflower

    Putting some masts, crows nests and rails together.
  20. Donald

    Mayflower

    I believe we are thinking along the same line here. Thanks for the input.
  21. Donald

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, didn't really scare me but it is helpful to know where others have incurred, ahem ...bottlenecks.
  22. Donald

    CSS Alabama

    Bravo, very well done all around, from ship to cork to display stand.
  23. Donald

    Mayflower

    Makes much more sense to split off center, point taken there. you're scaring me a bit with your prior chainwale troubles. I originally planned on no pins, but pulling masts into place with threads run under the hull. I actually have the underside of the hull hollowed out so it's possible to do some alternatives. I just have to figure out what that is. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
  24. Donald

    Mayflower

    I am guilty of taking off on this one without having a real solid plan. That is a great idea, scooting around the mast with the initial cut. I am slightly concerned with movement of the pins as well. I think though if I notch the wood slightly and the glue it in, it may be stable enough. The fore and mizzen will only have to be secure enough until the top sides are clamped around them. As far as the ratlines, I was going to search through here and see what has worked best for folks and take that tack. Two pins would be easier I think. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
  25. Donald

    Mayflower

    Looking for some constructive thoughts or input here. I've been trying to be logical about how this is going to get into the bottle. Here is my plan. I want to use pins for the three masts to swivel up on. Since the hull is split at the center, I'm obligated to a one sided pin for the masts. Once in the bottle and the two halves are put together, I would raise the masts as normal. Once temporarily secure with lines sorted and untangled I would place the two top side halves in. Carefully placed together they will hug a fair bit of the foremast and mizzenmast, while the mainmast will
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