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Tony Hedgewolf

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  1. Had a little time to fiddle with it yesterday; fixated the lines and trimmed them off with a pair of Potts scissors.
  2. I took the plunge ! First picture; laying out in readiness Second; insertion Third; secured with a Kelly forcep while I jiggered everything about with a bicycle spoke. This is what the whole thing was about for me, to find out what all you talented folks go through. I know this is laughably simple compared to the fine work in this forum, but what an experience! Next... gluing the ship in position, then making a decision about the sea (or lack thereof).
  3. These pictures are out of sequence but no matter... Needing somewhere to run the lines, I hit upon the idea of a heavy rope around the gunwales. Not really nautically accurate, but I think it looks quite in keeping with the general 'fantasy with one toe in reality' feel of this whole project. It's fixed down with little spots of ca glue, leaving gaps in useful places. I also made the hole for the mast with a lead-in which gets hidden by the deck tent. The idea is to push up the mast, rather like a pole-vault box. The last picture shows the final arrangement plan, with the teabag sail. Soon time for the tricky stuff!
  4. Ok, here goes (hope I don't break the forum trying to upload pictures...) I'm a new member here, finally attempting something I've wanted to do for about 40 years. I carved the hull from a piece of Alder and punched the shields from craft paper. I'm not going to be too ambitious about the details, just want to see if I can make it work.
  5. Thanks, that makes me feel better about what I'm getting into! Should I take the plunge and post progress pictures?
  6. Wow, that's really nice! Thanks for the tips... not sure how detailed this thing is going to be, but browsing here is really giving me something to aim for in the future 😊
  7. Ah... so you can paint onto plasticine? I never realised that, thanks!
  8. Hi, thanks for the welcome! We'll just have to see how well (or badly) this first attempt turns out 🙄 One of these days I'll have to get over there and see a bit of Finland; I live quite close to the ferry which crosses to Vaasa. While I'm here, can you point me at any useful tips on my options for the sea in my little bottle?
  9. Hi everyone! I'm a craftsman, born in England, now living off-grid in Sweden. The idea of bottling ships has been lurking in my head ever since I was a kid and I've finally started to explore the craft. My first attempt is in progress now; a Viking raider. Seems appropriate for my adopted homeland and of course, only one mast limits the complexity !
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