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  1. Approved your request a few minutes ago - welcome.
  2. 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-
  3. 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 yo
  4. 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
  5. I have been so overwhelmed with orders, I had to stop taking them! Anything I build these days, sells immediately! My latest book -
  6. The Admirable was just listed as "Wrecked" with no further details - very short life! Bob
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. https://payhip.com/Shipbuilder/collection/miniature-merchant-ship-construction-history
  10. 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 put
  11. 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 d
  12. 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
  13. Pass of Brander - 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). Bob
  14. Wool clipper Cromartyshire - 32 feet to 1 inch - Scartchbuilt miniatire - Bob
  15. I also think the model has moved round in the bottle! If this is the case, it should be loose, and it may be possible to push it back into position whilst rotating the bottle! Bob
  16. Thanks, The sea above is polystyrene foam of the soft, crumbly type that they use to pack electrical equipment in. It is shaped with a gas blowtorch with the air intake turned off, so that the flame is only as strong as a candle flame. Then, to give it a painting surface, I stick a sheet of crepe paper on top with white wood glue. I use crepe paper because it stretches and can be pushed into the hollows. Then I spray it with grey matt primer from halford's. My wife then paints the sea using Humbrol enamels. Totally unsuitable for ships in bottles. Bob
  17. So would I, but it is unlikely that I will live that long I am not ill, or anything like that, but now almost 74, and at the present rate of build, I would say at least another 25 years. Not trying to be funny, but that is my genuine estimate of how long the Preussen will take to complete, unless things speed up. But, of course, it is up to Jeff to proceed at whatever speed he feels comfortable with - but a lengthy project like that was always beyond my capabilities. Bob
  18. I wouldn't even bother with trying to glaze portholes at that scale, no-one would notice anyway! Extreme detailing simply extends the build into decades rather than years or months, and during that time, the skills of the builder will either get better, or begin to decline, so the end result may not have consistent quality! My own preference is to build lots of models in much shorter time (weeks rather than years), but make each one better than the last. But I have yet to find anyone who agrees with me on this! Bob
  19. I am making good progress now, and have completed all the fore-and-aft sails. The next task is to complete the standing rigging, and fit the running rigging on the mainmast. Then, all that remains, will be to fit and rig the two square sails on the foremast. This model is fitted with the tiny deadeyes described in another thread. Bob
  20. Thanks Alan, I only thought of this method a few days ago, it is easy and quick, and looks good as well! Bob
  21. I have now set and rigged the four jibs. This took about 1 hour 30 minutes, but just as I was putting one of the last blocks on, I accidentally knocked it over. This damaged all the standing rigging under the bowsprit and jibboom. The only solution was to rip it all off, and re-rig it, as wire, once bent, cannot be straightened when it is glued in position on a model. This took a further ten minutes to get the model into the condition shown below. That is enough for today, and I will do a bit of drawing this afternoon. Day off tomorrow, and on Wednesday, I hope to fit the mainm
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