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Hannah, an Amati kit

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I now have a ship in a bottle!

Because of the height issue, I removed my clay sea, just soaked it in water, and it eventually came away. The epoxy that held the clay in place took 10 days of soaking it acetone.

Cutting the bottom of the hull off is an option if it it done before bulwarks and rigging go on, doing it afterwards I think it would be a bit of a pain! 

Likewise, trimming the top of the masts.

I really should not have to do either.

So I glued the ship directly to the glass, and then poured in the ocean.

All I have to do now is make a base for it, and she can go onto the shelf.




Boat 14.JPG

Boat 15.JPG

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My thanks also for your excellent post. I too have one of these kit in the que. It is suppose to be the ultimate SIB kit but I seem to be enjoying the simpler ones more. I wouldn't recommend that anyone start out on this kit. My first SIB was a much simpler kit a long time ago: I made the sea too thick or the main mast too tall and cracked the mast during erection. So I learned a valuable lesson at not much expense and I still cherish that model today flaws and all.

There's a lot to be said to learning to walk before you can run.

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