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    Sailing, Ships in Bottles, Scenes in Bottles, Classic Yachts

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  1. Thank you! It is a real pleasure to have received these compliments from you all! This one especially will always be one of my favorite pieces.
  2. Well I think anyone can do it honestly. As a friend of mine said, it's not necessarily difficult to create the boats and the detail, it's all in the time you are willing to put into it to achieve it. And, the time you put into a ship in bottle is no where near comparable to what you must put into a larger scale ship model. Of course, it does require keeping a level head and not losing patience....that's the hard part.
  3. Here are a few of my completed ships in bottles of which I am very proud of...the "cream of the crop" so to speak. Every one of them is hand carved from basswood, bamboo dowels are turned down to create masts, sails range from fine linen to parchment paper, tiny seed beads are used as rigging blocks, and various found materials are used to mimic different details and portions of the ships, many of which are tiny watch parts. These ships can take anywhere between 50 hours to 400 hours to build. Ships range from anything to open dinghies, motor boats, classic sailing yachts, to monster power yachts. To add a bit of liveliness, composition, and atmosphere, many are accompanied with small personas, lighthouses, or landmarks. All of them are placed on a sea, fabricated from a mixture of plumbers putty and oil paints and each ship is presented in a bottle that best displays the ships, filling the space, and overall, capturing the likeness of the boat as if it were really at sea.

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If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild (NRG) is just right for you.

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “Advance Ship Modeling Through Research”. We provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model ships.

The Nautical Research Guild has published our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, since 1955. The pages of the Journal are full of articles by accomplished ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you the correct details to build. The Journal is available in both print and digital editions. Go to the NRG web site (www.thenrg.org) to download a complimentary digital copy of the Journal. The NRG also publishes plan sets, books and compilations of back issues of the Journal and the former Ships in Scale and Model Ship Builder magazines.

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