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DSiemens

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  1. Its incredibly thrilling to see your creation impossibly set up in the bottle. Your gonna get hooked on the hobby now. Great job. Viking ships may be simple but they are incredibly fun and look so awesome. You picked a perfect ship to start out on. Good luck getting her set. I'm excited to see the result.
  2. Apparently theres a book out there too but I'm not sure how hard it is to get a hold of. Its a great project. I've thought of doing a screw steamer as well My family came to the US on one called the Teutonia. Thought it might be fun to have the ship in a bottle with a copy of the log book where their names are recorded on the stand or in the bottle neck. Its fun to add a little family history to ship in bottle building. I look forward to seeing yours come together.
  3. Great job. You've captured what makes catamaran races so exciting. Hulls up, sails full of wind and the sailors hanging off the edge. Its fun to see. Great work!
  4. Wow. That's beautiful. Great work.
  5. There's some plans out there this might help. https://wikidocumentaries-demo.wmflabs.org/Q7867029?language=en
  6. Thats pretty neat all the same. What a fun heirloom.
  7. Appears to be the signal flags for M and V. Could be a lot of things. Builders initials, place initials, something else. Does it ring a bell? Other than that the ship looks to be done by some one with experience in the craft and of sailing ships. The rigging appears accurate and the scale is pretty close. I can't tell what ship it was exactly there is a yacht Hussar IV that visited the Florida Keys in the 1920s that has the same sail pattern but the hull color wasn't white. Could have been another ship or a generic representation.
  8. I like to use a cow hitch on the hard arm and us the loose ends to tie it to the mast. I find drilling holes weakens the mast so I try to avoid drilling holes where I can.
  9. Another source indicating the bottle to be from around 1930 to 1935. So definite 1930s. https://sha.org/bottle/Typing/OI1933/OI1933q.pdf https://sha.org/bottle/oi1933.htm
  10. Ok this one took some digging. From the source I found its a refrigerator jar by Owens Illinois Glass Co. from around 1930-1944. Your assumption is correct it's from the 1930s to early 40s. I'll have to look up Zacky. Appears to be a three masted schooner. Can I get a close up of the flags? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133278470197561333/
  11. Very nice. What a great bottle.
  12. Post some photos. If your willing to go the plastic route maybe we can talk about doing some form of case you could do yourself. Also if your comfortable with giving your very general location like city and state/province let us know what area you live. We are far and few between but its possible there may be some one near you that can help. If that doesn't work private message me. I've done a few repairs now and maybe we can work something out.
  13. I don't know if you have seen the film with George Fulfit. Its a fun watch but theres a part where he talks about getting into ships in bottls and hes like, "I got excited. I'm gonna build me a three master. Wo I says, I'm doing to much I better do another two master." Its all part of the fun of this hobby.
  14. DSiemens

    Mini SIBs

    Been a while since I've posted any of my work. Its been a bit tough to get to ships in bottles the last year or so. I've been studying and taking CPA exams but not passing them. They're no joke. So still fighting that fight. I'll get there. I also had an issue with pain in my thumb everytime I went to build. Probably from to much phone use plus model building putting a stain on my joints. So I've become more mindful of how do things. That seems to have helped. So now I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. I'm lucky to be working in healthcare in I have friends
  15. This is looking fun and really coming together. Great job.
  16. Welcome! Finding bottles is a fun part of this hobby. I always keep an eye out in thrift stores and antique shops. Hobby stores have some pretty good ones as well. Most importantly though tell all your friends who drink that you build ships in bottles. They'll show up with a ton of bottles. Usually they'll ask if the bottles are good enough. I tell them if they aren't I'll throw them away for you. My friends have brought me some really good ones.
  17. Been doing some digging but I'm not finding anything in six to eight inches that's wooden. Lots of plastic but not wooden kits.
  18. You know. I know ship in bottle kits are hard to come by but I haven't explored miniature ship kits. In general scratch is the way to go. There's a lot of freedom in building what ever you want. I understand the hesitancy though. I'll have to have a look around and see what I can find as far as miniature kits. For real small I know there's the war gaming models. One could paint one of those up and model out the masts and sails and have a really good looking miniature ship. Maybe that's the place to look.
  19. I just learned the sad news. Terry Lynn Butler passed away on January 2nd. I don't have any more details than that but I'm saddened by the news. She was the information collector, editor and printer of the Bottled Shipwright for many years and worked hard to bring us the quarterly magazine. She was also a great mentor. She often answered a lot of my questions as I was getting started in ship in bottle building. I'm very sad to hear she passed away. As many of you may have known her too I thought I'd share the news.
  20. That's coming out really nice. The silk screen looks good.
  21. Donald you might be interested in the work of Michel Bardet. He's a french ship in bottle restorer who does excellent work but he also does ships in bottles of the Route De Rhum winners which are all catamarans. He has build logs on his website. http://michel.bardet.pagesperso-orange.fr/rdr.htm
  22. Neville I sent you an email yesterday. Lets see what we can do to help you.
  23. DSiemens

    Mayflower

    Excellent job. The ship and stand are incredible. Its a real work of art.
  24. I use fly tieing thread 8/0. Thread that doesn't stretch is best. Larger scale modelers get more in-depth with scale line width. Less ship in bottle builders get that detailed. You can if you want, but 99% of us choose a thread size that just looks right over actual scale size. I use wire for mast hinges and occasionally blocks to tie lines too. I think .5 or .4 mm It needs to be able to thread through the mast. I don't really use wire for anything else. The trouble with wire is it bends but doesn't easily unbend which makes it less usable when you fit a ship through a bott
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