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  1. Gorsefield - Removed for lack of interest -
  2. 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)
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  4. 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-
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. I have been so overwhelmed with orders, I had to stop taking them! Anything I build these days, sells immediately! My latest book -
  8. The Admirable was just listed as "Wrecked" with no further details - very short life! Bob
  9. 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
  10. 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
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  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Pass of Brander - 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). Bob
  16. Wool clipper Cromartyshire - 32 feet to 1 inch - Scartchbuilt miniatire - Bob
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
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