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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
  14. Dan, If you do decide to make the trip, try to make it when the EASIB convention is being held. Two birds with one stone. Alan
  15. Oni, Its not one of the well known ships. Cutty Sark gets most of the publicity in London. It has a website and there are a lot more phots on line. I remember seeing a recent photo that shows the dock has been drained (the water was disgusting) and scaffolding erected around the ship, so I think some maintenance is being undertaken. Its worth a visit if you get a chance. Al
  16. Some phots of the Golden Hinde replica in London.
  17. search on 'Drake statue Plymouth Hoe'. Some nice phots on line. I spent a lot of time in Plymouth when I was in the RN, and found myself back on a regular basis when my son went to university there.
  18. The Royal Navy Hydrographic Office produced a limited edition chart in 1988 showing the course and sites of the battles and other major events during the Armada's attempt at invasion. My Senior Officer managed to get hold of one for all his staff. I get it out sometimes from its roll holder just to check its ok. Its a nice bit of art to have. The information tends to stop after the remnants of the fleet sailed into the North Sea. Unsurprising as there was no real way to keep track and report where they went. Hostile waters, no charts, demoralised men, bad weather. Must have been a hell of a jo
  19. There are mixed stories over the fate of the Shipwrecked Armada Sailors on the West Coast of both Scotland and Ireland, some were rescued and became part of the community, others were killed. There seems to be very little published fact over it, especially as 'history' is written by the Victors'; it certainly was in those days.
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    Hi Spanky, Have a look at the membership page on our website, link above, but repeated below. All the details are published in Bottleshiop, and on the facebook site. Like I said though, its cancelled this year as are a lot of things. We are hoping to have next year though. Look forward to meeting you Alan Membership link (EASIB) (facebook page)
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    Hi, Sorry, its The European Association of Ships In Bottles. (EASIB) (facebook page) We actually have members from all over the world, not just Europe. There is a small annual fee to cover the cost of 4 quality colour members magazines a year; Bottleship. (Past issues are currently being digitised to be available to members, a slow job). We have a convention every two years at a maritime heritage venue to show off SIBs, hold competitions (including best stand), swap ideas, and an evening meal with a guest speaker. Not to mention actually enjoying the venue. There is a photographic categ
  22. I looked up the name carved into the stand. Wikapedia says "Faugh a Ballagh is a battle cry of Irish origin, meaning "clear the way". The spelling is an 18th-century anglicisation of the Irish language phrase Fág an Bealach, also written Fág a' Bealach. Its first recorded use as a regimental motto was by the 87th Regiment of Foot in 1798." Looking at the shamrocks, I'd say there was a definite Irish connection. I have found a dredger, a barge and a paddlesteamer of that name referenced on the web. 1798 is also carved into the stand, so there may be a connection to a ship or the regi
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