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Shipbuilder last won the day on December 26 2021

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    Miniature shipmodelling, vintage radio construction, writing,maritime history (Merchant Navy).

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  1. Virtually nothing has been happening here for months - I guess I am just too impatient for my own good!☹️
  2. I got a ship in a bottle from my sister-in-law for Christmas. Commercially made, and quite small. Fairly attractive, but very basic. Not something I would ever attempt myself. Too much in the way of detail and accuracy has to be sacrificed to put a ship in a bottle - hence my regular absence from this site. Even my cased miniatures rarely get a casual glance if I exhibit them anywhere these days - I guess the modern generation has moved beyond ship models (or "boats" as they seem to prefer calling them🙄 Even here, on a specialized forum, not a great deal seems to be going on. Anyway - Merry Christmas to you all!
  3. Gorsefield - Removed for lack of interest -
  4. My latest, and probably last, major build. 25 feet to 1 inch. Hull length about thirteen inches (330mm) - An enormous scale for me ----------------------------------------------------- British four-masted barque Olivebank. Work commenced 13th July, 2020 Model completed 4th July 2021 During that time, I only worked on it for 61 days. The display case took 10.7 hours to make The hull took 35.9 hours to build The rigging took 41.8 hours to complete. Total hours worked: 88.4. That was an average of 1.45 hours for every working day. I never had much patience, and I am getting slower and slower as time goes on (now aged 77). ---------------------------------------- This vessel is modelled "as built" under British ownership (Andrew Weir's Bank Line). Certainly not a clipper, but more of the "windjammer" class with a large steel hull and great carrying capacity. She eventually became famous as a prominent member of the Erikson grain fleet of Finland. Going out to Australia in ballast, and returning to Europe with grain. She was the first casualty of World War II, striking a mine in late 1939. ------------------------------------- Further models will probably be confined to small ships, but in any case, my presence on internet forums has now virtually come to an end, and I am now only active in my Facebook group "Merchant Ships in Miniature." --------------------------------------- Life at best is but an enigma, and like children pursuing a "Will O' The Wisp,"so do we all pursue the illusive beacon light of a brighter and happier to-morrow - always hoping, never attaining, though striving ever until, wearied of the vain pursuit, at last we fall by the wayside and are forgotten. Charles Clark Munn (1847 - 1917)
  5. Models like the Sicily take only a few hours to buid. Ones like the one pictured take a little longer. For anyone into Facebook, I have a group: Merchant Ships in Miniature - Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841532386133008 Over 4,000 members, and very active, with both sail and steam, but merchant ships only - Closed group, but one can apply to join. Many techniques are supplied by members almost on a daily basis-
  6. Hello BrewerPaul I rarerly come here these days, because I am totally lacking in patience for things like ships in bottles, but do quite a lot of miniature work. As far as I know, there are no kits for miniatures, and this is about all that you will find written on the subject. https://payhip.com/b/T98k Scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button for Paypal or cards is provided for £1.49. Here is a Utube presentation of the build. This is as simple as they get, and very few hand tools are needed, especially if you use balsa wood. https://youtu.be/j5ESlw72qHY You will find some more of my builds here on Bottled Shipbuilder. https://www.bottledshipbuilder.com/topic/444-small-topsail-schooner/ These models do not cost much to build, but they do require a bit of practice., but acceptable results are normally obtained on the first attempt as long as you can dismiss the thought "I could never do that!" There are no knots at all in the rigging, and special methods make it relatively simple. I have given up on most forums, but felt that you were quite keen to start miniatures.
  7. There are a lot of positive things about it as well. The death rate is very low. The air in China is already far cleaner than it has been for years, and their health is increasing rapidly. Air travel has been cut by 75% and that has taken a consdiearble amount of pollution out of the atmosphere. Same with automobiles - cities with streets practically devoid of petrol fumes. There will be fewer traffic accidents. This may terrify some, but it is of tremendous benefit to the envoirnment. I am in the "higher risk" category, (age 76) but I am more than happy to see all thse polluting activities severely curtailed. I am confident that the removal of pollution on a big scale will very quickly bring about recovery of the world's health (after all, it is respiratory) - and then they can all go back to polluting again!😟 Bob
  8. I have been so overwhelmed with orders, I had to stop taking them! Anything I build these days, sells immediately! My latest book -
  9. The Admirable was just listed as "Wrecked" with no further details - very short life! Bob
  10. I have never seen anyone else using a pen, and can't even remember when I started doing it. Not that it matters😀 I have seen matchsticks used, and even 35mm film cans! Bob
  11. I believe I am the originator of the pen comparison, but I have never demanded, or even suggested that anyone else uses it!🤐 I choose to use a pen - Joe chooses a shilling - no problem. If fact I don't understand why so much of a big deal is made of the pen, or the shilling, or anything else. I only have to leave it off, and I am getting asked why! Bob
  12. https://payhip.com/Shipbuilder/collection/miniature-merchant-ship-construction-history
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