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  1. Those particular sails are made from craft paper, from memory its either 90 or 100 gm. It's slightly buff coloured (using pre-coloured paper usually gives the same colour through it, colouring printer paper leaves a white edge) with a random patchy finish of differing shades of light brown. It gives the effect of salt stains, as sail canvas does not stay pristine for long. I print the sail shape, sewing lines, reef lines and edge rope, using light brown. Trial a couple of different shades and line thicknesses and choose what looks best. Some people use a sharp hard pencil, but I'm too lazy, s
  2. A lot depends on the type, size and scale of the SIB, but I tend to try and give the impression of bending the sails to to the yards, etc, as they would be for real. For yards, I stab pinholes through the sail below the edge, the holes can be hardened with a spot of glue on the pin and then use thin thread with the end hardened with glue to 'sew' the sails on to the yard. Some dilute PVA holds everything in place. For staysails, I do the same, but around a length of brass wire of suitable thickness. The thread is stiffened in place with dilute PVA and then slid off when dry. The stays are thre
  3. I wouldn't want to meet them on a dark night tho'. 😁
  4. Hi Donald, Thanks for the complement on the Colvic Watson. This is the link to the build log. https://www.bottledshipbuilder.com/topic/683-colvic-watson-28/?tab=comments#comment-6310 Stay safe Alan
  5. Have you thought of printing your own waterslide decals for the numbers. I've used this a couple of times for ship's names. A pack of A4 sheets is only about £5 in the UK. I get the right size by printing out different fonts and sizes on paper plus any other suitable detailing, cutting out and trying for size. When correct I print the decals, a couple of copies in case of mistakes. I still have about 4.5 sheets so its going to last. The windows and name on the Colvic Watson 28 SIB in the phot were made this way Alan
  6. If you want to start in scratch building smaller models, may I suggest you have a look at some of the e-books by Robert Wilson FRSA at this link. Robert A Wilson - Payhip 'Scratch building Merchant Sailing Ships - A Dying Art' is a good one (£2.49) Likewise '900-ton Barque Part I - Building the hull' and '900-Ton Part II ' . ( £ 1.49 each) Lots of others well priced as well. He also has a couple of freebies such as how to build a display case.
  7. Langton Miniatures do a very good range of 1/1200 ships, mainly from the Nelson's Navy period. These are white metal castings, with a choice of sail sets in either white metal or brass and with photo etched shrouds and extras. There are some 1/300 ones as well, but these are pricy. http://www.rodlangton.com/ Their book on assembly, painting and rigging is pretty good. You would have to rethink assembling masts, sails and rigging to bottle them though. Their are some utube videos on these if you search.
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    Hi Paul, If you are looking for small models, have a look at these. There are some builds of these on utube as well. http://www.rodlangton.com/index.html Alan
  9. I've seen some of the modelers who scratch build from styrene use right angled metal blocks and magnets to hold the styrene sheet in place while the glue sets. It would probably work with card as well. Similarly, when I used to build balsa wood planes and boats years ago, pins hammered into the building board were used to keep things aligned until the glue set. Merry Christmas to all and wishing you a better New Year than the one we've had. Alan
  10. Hi Donald, Looks like a good build. Something to remember when planning a tight build, allow room for assembly and tools in the bottle. It has caused me some issues in the past. A narrow flat bottle did not allow tools past the sails to get glue to the stern, and on another SIB with masts that were inserted into holes in the deck lack of height between deck and bottle caused me to have to dig the sea out and replace with a very thin sea to allow enough room to step the mast. Best Alan
  11. 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
  13. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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'
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
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