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  1. In the UK a reamer is a precision engineering tool similar to a drill bit, but which leaves a very smooth finish and is used to take a hole drilled or bored in metal which is deliberately just undersize up to the final dimension. Come in a range of sizes from small to very large, and I believe can be tapered. I've only ever used one during my apprenticeship during the 'how to drill holes' phase. One of these would definitely violate the above treaty. Stay safe all. Cheers Alan
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    Hi. Donald, Nice work. Its looking very good. Going back to your comment on photography, unfortunately, macro photography will show up everything. If you think about it, a few thou out at our scales is a reasonably large proportion of the 'bit', while if it was at, say, 100 to 1 like some of the large kits are, it would never be noticed. Nice to see you got the Union Flag historically correct and named correctly as well. Looking forward to seeing it in the bottle. Alan
  3. Hi John. A couple of years ago, one of the members of the European Association of Ships in Bottles (EASIB) had an article published in Bottleship, EASIB's 1/4ly magazine on making SIB hulls from card and paper. This was to introduce young children to the art safely by only having to use scissors and not sharp blades. The technique was to make a card laminate hull, the 'layers' being cut to shape using reducing sizes of deck outline or hull lines and using PVA glue to stick and harden. This block when dry could be sanded to final shape and drilled as required for masts, etc. Photographic
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    Hi. Donald, Nice work. Its looking good. Unfortunately, macro photography will show up everything. Looking forward to seeing it in the bottle. Alan
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    Donald, First beer on me. Alan
  6. Thanks Dan. Tax is a pain, especially as governments just seem to squander it. Along with all Brits, I hate Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue, also known as HM's Thieving Bandits, or a word like that. UK personal tax allowance did not get raised this year, so the tax man basically relieved me of most of the rise in my pension. Can't even say 'At least Dick Turpin (an infamous highway man) had the decency to wear a mask' because we're all wearing them now. Stay safe Alan
  7. Hi All, Has the home page changed? I opened up to day and found a different lay out, ie, only about an inch of the header photo showing with the menu pane obscuring it. Or has my PC been blessed my another Windows 'update for better performance'
  8. Used to have one of these when a lad. You have to wet the sails to make them flexible, and then give them enough slack on the lines to catch the wind. A reel of thin fishing line must be carried in the pocket. When becalmed, get a friend to hold one end (or tie to a tree or something, walk round to the other side of the pond unreeling the line until the yacht can be 'lassoed' and returned to shore. Lots of fun. Alan
  9. You are welcome. Hope it all goes OK. Many, many moons ago, in the days of my youth in the Fleet Air Arm, one of the routine servicing operations on aircraft radios was to replace the desiccant crystals in the aircraft radios. The forced air cooling was blown through these to keep the inside of the radio dry. They were blue and turned pink when 'wet'. They could be dried out in an oven and used again if need be. Later designs had single use disposable (more money to the radio manufacturer) desiccant cartridges with an indicator paper. I've looked on line, but can't find the reusable ones (the
  10. My experience with acrylic paints once they have dried is that they are very resistant to solvents, even acrylic paint thinners. I'd try a touch of cleaning agent such as that used for baby's bottles or the steriliser/cleaner used in home brew, which are designed not to damage the things they are cleaning, on an area on the 'off side' of the SIB first and see what happens. If that works OK, then move on to the rest. I'd also give it a couple of hours in the sunlight afterwards - nothing like UV rays to kill fungal spores etc. This may also dry out any remaining moisture. I have heard of using
  11. Great job so far. The attached figures from an article published in Bottleship about 18 years ago may help with the rigging. Have a search through the forum for some recommended books, there is a thread (below) with a few. Looking forward to seeing this finished.
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    HMS FURY 1942

    Ship's badge is a nice touch. Alan
  13. West Country Trading Ketch Bessie Way back in 2016,when the world was normalish, the Royal Yacht Club asked the European Association of ships in Bottles to help fund raise for the UK Olympic Sailing Team by building and donating SIBs that had had the sail signed by a team member. I built two SIBs of this ship, see Build Log called ‘Going for Gold Build – Bessie’, so I won’t repeat that part of the build. I actually built 3 SIBs, using the third as a trial ship for some techniques, such as split hull, that I had not used before. Up until last year it sat on a shelf unfinished. I then thoug
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