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Tubjugger

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  1. I used up the contents of a clear square face 1 pint olive oil bottle, lovely bottle, but with Delallo embossed on all four shoulders. A corundum stone with water made short work of the embossed letters, leaving a frosted surface. I went at the frosting with various grits of diamond polishing compound on 1/2 inch felt cylindrical buffs chucked in a Dremel. I was careful not to contaminate the buffs with different grits, and had no trouble going from the frosted surface down to the same gloss as the bottle, took a while though. The diamond paste came from Tech Diamond Tools by way of Amazon,
  2. I saw one as a kid on the mantel at a friend's house. The grownups wouldn't let me pick it up to study (I was seven) so I just looked the hell out of it and when I got a chance asked a nautical relative how it was done. He explained that they operated like puppets with the strings threaded through holes in the masts. Something he left out was that the spars had to pivot on the masts, so I wasted a couple of years letting the bottle neck dictate the length of my spars, simply gluing them in place with Duco cement. TJ
  3. I've bought plans and scaled them with proportional dividers, but prefer to scale them from books using a printer. To keep things looking right, I cut out a scale sailor, measuring a fathom with out-stretched arms, and perch him at various locations as i go. TJ
  4. I rough split and then use a draw plate to size the bamboo for the spar, then taper the spar either with a slip of fine abrasive paper or with a Jacobs chuck that fits my Dremel.I also generally favor eyes on the masts rather than drilling. TJ
  5. Welcome Gordon, glad you joined us.
  6. I see you've been busy Dave, wonderful models! TJ
  7. Even with a #5 lens in an optivisor I have trouble seeing #8 flyline, ordered a #10 lens last week, am curious to see how it does. I'll be brushing off the rigging with my eyelashes most likely. I'm about sick of flyline anyway, and have dug out my cotton, which I'll be switching back to for my next model.
  8. Still on the bench, but it's moved up onto the rigging stand. TJ
  9. I've heard bicycle spokes well spoken of for making tools to work inside the bottle, but prefer ordinary black iron tie wire like what's used to tie rebar; it bends readily and is useful in dodging around rigging and getting into tight corners. That being said, I too have a great affection for music wire, especially the very small sizes, which are useful for making small drill bits and the jigs used in some aspects of rigging. TJ
  10. Glad you like the model so far Gwyll, the finish is amber shellac. TJ
  11. Extremely fine wire works for me. I cut two tongues of aluminum from a soda can equal in width to the height of the deadeye i deed and set them into the end of a short length of wooden dowel, they are spaced apart to equal the width of the projected deadeye. Slightly above the two tongues of aluminum i drive a needle or piece of music wire into the dowel, to form an eye as i wind the wire. For an extremely small deadeye i take a length of copper wire, darken it with a sharpie or the chemical solution sold for darkening copper, and take it up along the left side of the left tongue, under, u
  12. Jeff, I'd guess that for most of the older bottlers, the thing that's changed the most is how we communicate, or perhaps that we communicate at all. Snail-mail newsletters, blogs, and news groups have created a bottling community that shares information and combines skills and intelligence to develop techniques. Bottling would still go on without the growth of communicarion, and there'd be guys like Ralph Preston who are perfectly capable of inventing and mastering new methods entirely on their own, but most of us i suspect benefit by sharing information. I got the idea of us
  13. I got hooked as a kid of seven when i saw my first ship in a bottle on the mantel at a playmates house. Story was that his grandfather had made it, but nobody knew how. It was a pretty typical sailor model of a three master under bare poles floating in a sea of greenish colored putty inside an old fashioned corked whiskey bottle. I wasn't allowed to touch the thing, so i just gazed at it; trying to figure out how it was done. My mother's people were seafaring, so i'd been raised on tales about what this one or that one had seen or done, but no mention of any of them putting ships in bottles. I
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