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  1. And this one will probably be my final major steamship build, the tramp steamer Baron Vernon, hull length about 13 inches, completed two days ago.
  2. Thanks Andrew - I think this type of model shipbuilding has just about had its day - They are rather too small to be of much interest to the general public - Very rarely get more than a casual glance if I show them anywhere, but ship model collectors love them. Ships in bottles far too difficult for me though - insufficient patience! Robert
  3. 1,000 views at last, and only 7 likes - not exactly a great success in the popularity stakes! 😀
  4. Thanks - I am not of a suitable temprement to build SIBS - Too much in the way if accuracy has got to be sacrificed to get them in the bottle. And certainly not enough is going on here to hold my attention. Also, I lack patience and like to get things done quickly.
  5. Thanks - Nowhere near that amount of time - I have very little patience. Gorsefiield - 60 hours Melbourne Star - ? Preussen - 117 hours Primrose Hill - 66 hours Braemar Castle - 69 hours Miss Morris - 37 hours I can't find the records for Melbourne Star! Each build spread over a few weeks. Completely scratchbuilt. At the local ship model society, they hardly get a casual glance,. so I stopped taking them. Just take a photograph these days. Probably because they are not warships. Collectors cannot get enough of them, but I do not take private commissions. I just build what I feel like. I time the builds on a stopwatch, and if I stop for any reason, I stop the watch, so the times are accurate.
  6. With ship modelling, we are not stuck in any age though. We can build whatever we want. I personally find warships rather boring, as one battle is pretty much the same as another. Merchant ships come in all shapes, colours and sizes from a few tons to more than quarter of a million tons, and life board always held variety, adventure and drama. My facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841532386133008/members Has 4,699 members and is very active with all sorts of merchant ship models being displayed on a regular basis. I do look in in here quite often, but next to nothing seems to be happening. I know a lot of modellers find the merchant navy boring, but the group seems to be attracting enthusiasts from all over the world - All these models by myself -
  7. Virtually nothing has been happening here for months - I guess I am just too impatient for my own good!☹️
  8. 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!
  9. Gorsefield - Removed for lack of interest -
  10. 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)
  11. 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-
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. I have been so overwhelmed with orders, I had to stop taking them! Anything I build these days, sells immediately! My latest book -
  15. The Admirable was just listed as "Wrecked" with no further details - very short life! Bob
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. https://payhip.com/Shipbuilder/collection/miniature-merchant-ship-construction-history
  19. I only build what I feel like building these days, and I am well-aware that most ship modellers do not really like merchant ships. But I am also building for collectors, of whom a large number prefer miniature merchant ships above anything else, probably because they are scarce. Some people will notice fine detail where they will not notice glaring errors. I often find my models being descrbed as "perfect in every detail," but that is not so, because I am far from being a perectionist. I really haven't the patience to go in for super-detailing such as glazing portholes, or putting doorhandles on. But I do try to stick to scale and have fine masts and rigging rather than thick chunky ones and over-sized rigging. When comparing the two models, you were spot on with these differences. A model of the Bidston Hill (see below) that I completed, and sold in the early 1970s for £16, turned up on Ebay recently with a starting price of 99p with no reserve. I put in a bid for £16 just out of interest. Eventually, it sold to a buyer in the US for just over £400. When I contacted him later telling him when, and where I built it, and sending him a photograph of the Donna Francisca, (above), he said it was no better than the Bidston Hill, that he had just purchased! I have come across a lot of instances like that! Just can't understand it. Bob
  20. They certainly do get easier with practice. I find they also take much longer. In the 1970s, I could build one in a week, but now, it takes me weeks on end to produce one. A lot of the reason for this is that I do not work on them every day, and even when I do move myself to start building, some days I will only do half an hour, and other days maybe up to three hours (1 1/2 in the morning, and 1 1/2 in the afternoon). This is one of the last models I built using wooden masts and spars, and cotton for rigging. I completed it in about 1972. The steel barque Afon Alaw. It does not look very good to me now, but I thought it was great at the time. Sadly, a very large number of people tell me that it is just as good as what I produce now, which make me wonder why I bothered trying to improve for all those years if very few could tell the difference! The colured picture is the Donna Francisca, that a number of people claim is no better than the Afon Alaw! Bob
  21. 272 completed since I started counting in October 1992, but I built a considerable number in the 20 years or so before that. Have only kept a small number, as I sell them. I don't take private commissions, and don't advertise them. Collectors just ask me what is available from time to time. The hobby is self-financing. A few years ago, I was producing 13 or 14 per year! Bob
  22. Pass of Brander - 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). Bob
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