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Any one ever have this happen?

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I've found it will fit well in a baseball case.  I would like some suggestions from the awesome miniature artists out there as far as painting the sea.  

Also has anyone had a ship in bottle break?  What did you do to fix it?  

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Bob - Your right there's no fixing the glass.  That's already thrown away.  This is what I have in mind only I want to take out the cardboard sea and paint something better on the wood.  

 

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The shelf it was sitting on gave out and luckily this is the only bottle that broke.  It was the most fragile out of the bottles on the shelf.  

 

Jim- True aside from the glass the ship wasn't damaged.  She's tough.  Shell do well in her new home.  

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The baseball case works well.

Another option I have kept in mind for a similar situation is glass domes used for collectible display and available in a very wide variety of sizes and at very reasonable prices.

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One advantage of the glass dome is that it closely duplicates the visual impact of the original bottle or light bulb - it just has a much larger opening.

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When I read this the first time I thought "bother" and agreed that the SIB was not fixable - as an SIB anyway!

I like what you have done with the cube.  Not a bottle, but still a good display.

My background is aeromodelling (airplanes to our US friends) and we use balsa cement for an adjustable joint - for example a wing incidence post.  It can be dissolved with a paintbrush dipped in acetone and quickly adjusted as the acetone evaporates,

(the cement is ALWAYS diluted about 50/50 with acetone or thinners anyway, or it would get heavy - I used to fly FID models.  (Rubber-powered: 660 mm span: min weight 1 gram without rubber, covered in microfilm)

I was planning to do this with my SIBs (when they happen); and this would allow the rigging lines to be released for adjustment or re-folding and re-insinuation into a bottle.

And yes, that is all well and good, but the lines were cut off neatly and are now too short for re-bottling.  Bother!

But I thought I would mention the easily releasable glue for younger chaps who have not been brought up on it

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Dave - now you got me thinking.  I like how the dome looks.  Hmmm...

 

Andrew great idea on the release let glue.  It can be very useful.  There's some sibs I've bottled three or four times before I get the lines to look just right.  I usually cut the lines and end up redoing the forestays, which is what I would have to do with this one if I were to rebottle it.  If I used release able glue I could get the line to release and it may not have to leave the bottle or be rebuilt.  

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