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HMS Trincomalee


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Started  4-5 weeks ago with the idea of building this frigate for a large 3 liter bottle but due to technical difficulties (built the split hull too large!) I left it and went with a small build in a whiskey bottle.

 I was not happy with the gun ports,(looked way too large) so made them much smaller and did a new paint job.

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HMS Trincomalee is now a museum ship in Hartlepool UK. 

A short history; built in teak due to a shortage of english oak at Bombay India and launched in 1817. Named after the battle of Trincomalee 1782 which is off the east coast of Sri Lanka.

Became a training ship later on which saved her from the scrap yard. She is the oldest british warship still afloat. (HMS Victory is in a dry dock)

A little more progress. Prefer to attach the ratlines to the hull of the ship but the hull halves are so tight to fit in the bottle neck that I have to attach them to the masts.

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Been working on the transom,davits and dolphin striker. The weather has held me up a bit (snow clearing)

Also painted the flag;white ensign.I prefer to make my own flags rather than print them. Usually make two flags and then choose which I think is better. Made the lifeboat as well but not that happy with the shape of it so I may redo it.

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Thanks Igor. Yes you are right,the sails do look a bit deflated. Maybe the ship is becalmed^_^

I will try to give them more shape and texture but I probably should of done that before I glued them to the yards.

Tried to create a sea using a method described here,with plasticine,acrylic paint,and glue over the top .

The white loops are for pulling through rigging threads later on in the bottle (if she ever gets in!)

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Actually does anyone have any suggestions for making sails. I used to make them with paper but then changed to thin cloth/linen,( for example a handkerchief).

This I formed ,around a roll and used watered down wood glue brushed on to give it shape when it dried.As you see ,not with any great success . Any ideas?

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20 hours ago, Onni said:

Actually does anyone have any suggestions for making sails. I used to make them with paper but then changed to thin cloth/linen,( for example a handkerchief).

This I formed ,around a roll and used watered down wood glue brushed on to give it shape when it dried.As you see ,not with any great success . Any ideas?

Hi Onni!
I often use percale to make sails. I also use white glue with water and paint to give the color and shape to the sail.

 

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Made a 'turks head knot' (or is it wove) which took about 40 minutes but then discovered it didn't fit over the bottle neck ,so wove another simpler version

which fits perfect. The one on the left (white) is the reject one but I found that it fits nicely on a rum bottle so its not completely wasted time.

I always find that for me; there is a learning curve with ships in bottles no matter how many I have made.

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