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  1. Thanks, Mike! I dont know about your SIBs, but for me all the work comes down to the planning and execution of the launch. The better that is, then the less damage control and cleanup is required. Still havent figured it all out, but I have anew plan for the next one!
  2. Part III: The Launch and Repairs I thought I was smart by measuring the height of the bottle with a stick. It's always hard to tell from the outside. I don't want too much space, but I certainly don't want the masts too tall. Once I was assured, I laid down a layer of sil-poxy atop the dry silicone base inside; It dries quickly The ship folds down easily, with no snaps or pops. The superstructure attached on well with the magnets. But, despite my stick measurement (!), the main mast is too tall (!!!). Still not sure how that happened.
  3. Thanks Mike! Everything was going great until the launch - as usual. I'll post the disaster and hopeful salvation in a few days once, the silicone dries and I clean up the mess. Re the sander, of course. the sander was a gift from my brother Harry. It has no names or brands or labels. I searched for it on the web and appears to be a no-name product from Hong Kong. If you look up 'mini belt sander' or 'mini polisher' you will see it.
  4. Part II: Masts and Rigging Main and Mizzen masts. I used sail cloth and painted it white with acrylic. Made it very stiff, but it think this workes to my advantage. I like cord ends atop my masts. Super structure - the fore is painted inlieu of glass, and the aft is truly aired out. simple hinge for the main mast - no way I could hide it. All three sails up. The mizzen mast is hinged a level below, athwart the hull. I had to figure out how to get the supr structure around the masts. I decided to drill a hole, and cut the roof across, then fit then on after the
  5. INTRO: I promised my mother-in-law that I would make her a ship in a bottle for her big birthday coming up. She deserves a modern sail yacht, not some crusty old schooner. The Parsifal III - built in 2005 by Perini Navi and refitted in 2012 - ought to do the trick. Similarly, my typical vintage whiskey bottles wouldn't fully speak to her charm; and since I cant find a proper size bottle of grey goose (!!) I will use this sleek french water bottle! PART I: The Hull and Superstructures Starting with a hull blank. I suppose this
  6. I am looking forward to seeing this built!! My own sits patiently in the beautiful wooden box, waiting for a rainy day.
  7. Part 3 of 3: She settled in rather well. Until I pulled too hard on the Running rigging I attached to the bowsprit. So now, there's this. And this. Which I Eventually fixed with more CA and Bondic. But because the mast sat on the bent rod at a 30 degree anle to port, so did all the rigging. Although the ship herself rested kind of funny in the cradle - maybe only a few degrees to starboard. But in the end the sails were a bit askance to the deck, and the deck had a more prominent top view than the proper side view. Therefore I had to bui
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. Ha! Thanks Patrick. Quite the opposite. Looking forward to the next Luxury Yacht!
  11. 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
  12. Thanks Mark! Yes, the greatest pleasure I get is in the planning and building - how it comes out is just gravy!
  13. 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!
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