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  1. I was still trying to figure out which hinge to use, and after a few tries I went with a very simple design: a cord end at the bottom of the mast to form the hing hollow, and small brass wire bent to 90' - basically no leafs on either side, just the pin up, over, and through. Then i scrapped the idea of the two-posted pedastal that i favor for some other SIBs, and decided to make a tiny model of the cradle which holds the actual pond boat.This little cradle would prove to vex me later. Brass rods for the mast and spar. The gaff mainsail is sitting up rather ok! The
  2. The family and I had the opportunity to stay in a beautiful Cape Cod rental this summer. We'd been to the cape many times, but this time was the best. The condo was decorated with wonderful Cape decor. Apart from the tide clock, my favorite was a pond boat mounted way up on the wall, just below a clerestory window. In my mind this boat was the embodiment of our stay there; the perfect totem! On the first night, I knew that i would eventually make a SIB for this one. You can imagine my happy surprise when this suggestion was met with great enthusiam from the entire family!
  3. Ha! Thanks Patrick. Quite the opposite. Looking forward to the next Luxury Yacht!
  4. Thanks Moab! Ships in Bottle are very satisfying. I like how in a few weeks I can be done with it, and either stare at it on the shelf, or give it a away as a gift(!) , or even scrap it if necessary (although i've never done the last!). By the time i'm finishing one, I'm already thinking about the next. It suits my temperment well. Probably a very different process than with the big ships most of you make. the sander was a gift from my brother Harry; it is not branded or labeled, and according to my search on the web appears to be a no-name product from Hong Kong. If you loo
  5. Thanks Mark! Yes, the greatest pleasure I get is in the planning and building - how it comes out is just gravy!
  6. I wanted to work on skills for a square rigged SIB, which I think is more of a challenge than fore & aft rigged. The story of the Jeroboam in Moby Dick was one I liked, with weird ship qurantines and doomy prophecies. I also like building fictional ships in bottles; as if i've captured part of the mystery. I found no illustration of the actual fictional Jeroboam, so I looked for Nantucket or New England Whaling ships from the first half pf the 19 the century. This painting by Salvatore Colacicco really caught my eye, and I used it as my muse!
  7. Thank you Mike, Kevin, and Mark! It came out better than i had expected, that's for sure. I gave it to Caroline and the entire nursing team loves it! While I'm getting pretty good at salvaging my launch disasters, I just wish i didn't have so much practice!😱
  8. Part Three: The End! So the launch itself went fine, the masts collapsed, and all the rigging folded in well enough. The problem was that I didnt ensure that the hull was fixed well enough to the lucite base inside the bottle. I used CA, but I guess not enough. And as this impatient SIB builder got exciited to complete the project, I rushed the process, and poured in the silicone sea too soon. I think part of me was foolishly hoping that the curing of the silicone would be enough of a fix for the hull. Well, something weird was happening in that bottle, be
  9. As is usual for me, I plan to go light on the miniature details, since that is a weak point for me. Am hoping that a well-planned design, with simple construction will win the day. I still have a lot to learn. Applying primer to a sanded hull. In general, i dislike drilling dozens of timy holes in the yards and masts, so am trying to minimize that process as well. Simple attachment of the yards to the painted brass masts. Fast forward to 3 / 4 Sails up, with the only decoratiove flourishes I will add: the mast lines, and the highly functional
  10. Have not heard of that but I just took one from the cupboard. Seems promising. Am always looking for new tips and tricks to elevate the process; for sure my use of satin and muslin sails has not lesad to ideal results. Will try the tea bags next - thanks!
  11. Part I: RETURN TO THE SHOP I took off about a year in between Ship in Bottle projects. I completed the restoration on my Dad's Santa Maria model, and was able to upgrade the workshop a bit. Mostly, I needed to take a break, and rebalance my free time. Over a year ago, I promised a nurse colleague named Caroline that I would make her a ship in a bottle. This was hanging over my head during my hiatus, so I was happy to return with this gift project for her. I found a smart looking schooner yacht named Caroline. She's a Malabar IV model. And I believe she is still
  12. Terrific boat!! Their's was an incredible story of survival and leadership. Says I, who's avatar is is an official HMS Endurance snowglobe. 😎 Now, will you please make the Dudley Docker and Stancomb Wills?? -Josh
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