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  1. After a seven day hiatus - which feels like 18 months for this impatient builder - I am ready to proceed and approach the launch. As mentioned, the absence of rigging makes the ships construction simpler, but also challenging in a novel sort of way. I planned to make well-designed prefabricated parts, and hopefully assemble them all convincingly, once the ship was inside the bottle. I was really stuck on how to make the octopus figurehead. I started with clay, but was really struggling with the arms: This speaks for itself. Then I had the idea to use small brass rods for the arms. I was considering painting the brass arms brown to match the "real" ship from Fortnite. Instead, I took poetic license - which is often a SIB prerogative - and painted the whole figrehead bronze. Instead of mounting the always-confounding rods to raise the ship the proper height, I simply plastic welded a block of wood, painted the approximate color of the forthcoming ocean. At this point I was very happy with my magnets for the main and mizzen masts and shrouds. But having run out of said magnets, I decided the lightly glue the fore shroud planks for the construction, then lovingly rip them off. The ship passed easily through, and was CA'd to the mounting block. And here she sits, with most pieces at the ready. Next and Lastly: I will insert the pieces from aft to fore, and attach masts with sails as I go. Hopefully the figurehead will slide right on...
  2. Igor, I can’t wait to see what you do! Those hinges for the masts and yards are beautiful.
  3. So for this ship, I needed to figure out how to raise masts without the use of rigging as pulleys; and also how to build a taller and wider ship than the bottle neck of only 17mm. The answer is arriving in the form of tiny magnets! 7/16 x 1/10" disc magnets to hold the sterncastle to the quarterdeck! snaps right on! Will make assemly inside the bottle much easier! Miniature details are not my bag, but it'll have to do. An initial attempt, with railing and the octopus at the bow. I couldnt mimic alls the teensy tiny rails, so I chose instead for the illusion of beautiful rails, by using woodens strips painted with iridescent bronze. For the mizzen shrouds here , I decided to attach them via tiny 1/16 x 1/16" magnets to the quarter deck. For the main deck shrouds: the same 1/16" magnets sunk into the main deck. These are the corresponding magnet planks that will be attached to the Main Mast Shrouds. Here they are - waiting for another magetic match! They snap right down into place! Where we are so far. The idea is to make as much assembly inside the bottle as easy as possible, without all the glue and such. Yards (with sails) will be glued to the masts, once the latter are fixed in the bottle.
  4. Haha! Incredible miniature work: Belt buckle, dread locks, and a functioning scabbard!! So great!
  5. Igor, it’s So great to watch your work unfold! Really a pleasure!! My favorite pieces are the tiny belaying pins, and the top of the crows nest - a perfect tiny circle in wood. Can’t be easy to do!
  6. I keep 1/16" dowels as the masts. Brass eyelets do just fine. No hinges for this baby! I think these are 3/32" dowels - the smallest I have found. Fine for small yards. I really struggled with the crow's nest. Many botched attempts with bass wood, balsa, and card. Ship is painted with primer. Burnt Sienna, and scratched / etched on planking. I figure the planking on the "real" ship is animated, so its ok for me to animate it as well. 1/32" cherry strips will do much of the side ribbing. ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT SIDE RIBBING ON A SHIP IS PROPERLY CALLED? Oh yeah - and that blob of clay will eventually become the octupus on the bow! Crow's nest: A hybrid of balsa base, brass rods, and card top. Too thick? It'll do for now. The sterncastle is made separately. I will do all the trimmings and decorations as one piece; but fully loaded, this ship won't fit into a bottle which sports only a 17mm aperture. I have a new plan to help me better assemple the ship inside the bottle, without the messy glue. Next: Railing, stairs, and sails... maybe
  7. I needed a few weeks to get clean from my addiction to build logs for MSW. But now its time to feed the monkey on my back.. I'm going to make another gift - this time for my nephew Max, also for his Bar Mitzvah. Like many boys his age, Fortnite is a way of life. (If any of you dont know what Fortnite is, then I would surmise that you probably dont have a 9-19 year old human boy in your your life's orbit.) I am choosing the Fortnite Pirate Ship for him. This Ship is rather boxy, with lots of straight lines, and basically no rigging except for shrouds ratlines. Dont ask me how it is sailed, or even how anyone gets up to the crow's nest: It's a computer game ship, and Fortnite knows best! Since it is animated and fictional, it is liberated from certain restraints of physics and reality. This can be a good thing for the SIB builder: fewer rigging lines to tangle, and simpler sails (Yay!!). But it can also get a little fanciful and tricky: I mean, look at the railing, and all the detail on the hull; and the octopus on the bow! This japanes whiskey bottle is just boxy enough!! The plans and hull blank from bass wood. Will add the top of the sterncastle later on!
  8. Thanks Igor! I Hope to see some more of your great projects!
  9. Patrick, Love that crew:guest ratio on the OKTO! Looking forward to seeing those dining room ceilings in miniature!
  10. Launch: After completing the Flying Dutchman I could now return my attention to the Alaska. All she needed was the Launch. Pedastal plastic welded to the inside with Bondic - much better than AC for this job! No sticky glue flopping all over the place. I chose this WH Harper Decanter for the job. Its definitely fussy and obscures the view, but I wanted to give it a try. Acrylic dowels in the pedastel won't stand out in the semi opaque silicone sea. In she goes! Not so much snapping of spars this time - the aperture was a generous 2.5cm. I chose this bottle ahead of time, knowing that this would be a bulky job, not amenable to a super-flat collapse. The only break was the bowsprit - fixed with bondic, while she was breeching. waiting for the Encapso-K silicone.A mix of blue and green silicone pigment. thank you IgorSky! from the Back / Lee side. All the rigging stayed intact and fairly taught. The foresail and Jibs. Mainsail and fore lifeboat. Mizzen and pendants. All in all, I'm pretty pleased. Although the detail on the glass is a bit distracting - especially in photos - in person it tends to draw your eye in to look closer. So in that way it quite unexpededly makes the viewer pay attention a bit more to what's inside. (At least with the Wifey and kids). I learned a lot between this and the Flying Dutchman. Still encountering some major issues with the yard hinges, Finished Sail product (although these sails came out bigger and better than the FD), and positioning the ship on the pedastal posts. The silicone is pretty easy to use, and the looks are kiff! Will take a break for while. Have some more ideas for the next go-around. Thanks for reading!
  11. Thanks, Mark! My current SIB path is described by two principals: Having a good plan, and having a better plan to recover from disasters. Trying to improve on the former to rely less upon the latter.
  12. Launch In you go! Something's gotta be busted pretty badly. Dripping in the silicone Waiting for it to set Sadly, all the shrouds got torn off their bead passthroughs. The bowsprit broke her nose. Finally, righted, and afters tons of internal repairs. It was a rush in 8 days, but I'm pretty pleased. The silicone sea definitely helped - thank you Igorsky! I have to work on bigger, blooming sails. And i need better hinges for the yards, to prevent all the problems which occur when i collapse the masts. Anyway, my nephew will like it! Thanks for reading. Next I will complete the Alaska.
  13. Thanks! Was definitely a rookie mistake. And I got very lucky. But virtually everything is fixable with SIB. Every project is fleeting and disposable - I suppose that’s why I like it. Very different from the big beautiful master ships being built on this site by master craftsmen.

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