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  1. When I was cleaning on my vessel I found an old big light bulb. As I love the ships in bottles I thought it would be nice to put a little ship in there. As the entrance is not that small as a bottle it is a nice exercise before I start with a real bottle. I made a little waterline hull from wood and made some bulwarks from a sea chart which is a nice and strong paper. I made a stand to hold the model and drilled holes for the gun ports. These are squared with a little key file. The bowsprit is made from sanded down tooth picks. I made the gunwales
  2. This is one of my favorite builds. I've done two now and they are quick and easy. I probably spend 4 to 6 hours on it. If you want to impress some one with a neat gift this is a good one. As far as ships in bottles go the ship is incredibly easy. What is not easy about it is the scale. This is on the small side even as ships in bottles go. Any smaller and your putting them in flash light bulbs. (Yes that's been done.) As far as the log goes I want to try and explain every thing I can so this will be as much a how to as it is a log. If you have questions or even new ideas
  3. I have decided to build a Ship in a Lightbulb. I have rigged a base to light up using parts from a cheap LED flashlight. The base is an old light fixture. the LEDs push into the light socket which is wired to the flashlights battery pack and on/off button, I have also added a sheet of thin plywood stained with some redwood stain. Sadly during the process of making the base I broke the lightbulb there is still enough of the bulb left for me to be able to size and make the model but I cannot use it in the finished product because it has a large hole in the side, incandescent lightbulbs are hard
  4. I got a call from a relative who wants me to make them a ship in a bottle, they were not specific on what they wanted they just said a pirate ship. I thought abought it and realized that real pirate ships are not that recognizable as "pirate ships" so I decided on the Black Pearl from Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean. I found some plans on the web and immediately started on the model. The hull is made in three pieces from balsa, the upper works are made in four pieces also balsa, the decks are made from thin plywood and the mast are bamboo skewers.
  5. Seems as though I need to run into a rough patch before I hit some inspiration. Or maybe I'm just better at the 1:300 to 500 scale. In either case my current bottle build was giving me a lot of trouble and I hit a road block. So while I was thinking of how to fix that I went on to another project. I chose this one because I think I need to get back to basics again before proceeding. Also like so many of my best work it's for some one else. I may explain the story behind that later. Here's the ship. She's simple but beautiful. The only one in existence today is the Mariquita
  6. I've finally got started on a new project. I'm working on a ship called the Mercury. She isn't actually an existing ship but a ship drawn by a pirate in another forum I'm a part of. Truth be told I'm a bit of a pirate as it was the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean that got me into this craft. This ship comes at the request of another pirate so I will do my best to do it well so I don't get keel hauled or marooned some where. I do plan on making this a dual build but for now I'm testing things out. I've done a plank on bulkhead once before with my English Cutter the Fly. It turned
  7. Since I couldn't work on my 1:48 scale Triton cross section as much as I would like I decided to make a smaller one in a bottle. I went mostly by memory for the design it is made mostly from card and balsa wood the cannons were turned from bamboo on my drill press all the coloring was done with redwood stain and black Rust-Oleum spray paint sprayed into a jar then thinned (probably a bit too much note the bleeding on one of the cannon carriages) with acetone. I made the model in pieces so that I could fit it threw the neck of the bottle then I assembled it inside the bottle it came out a littl
  8. From the album: Ships in Bottles by DSiemens

    A variation of a ship from Don Hubbard's Ships in bottles book.
  9. While in the process of cleaning out our storage bin in preparation for a major move later this summer, i came across a kit that we had bought several years ago when on a visit to Maine. Figured it was time to dust it off and maybe give this one a try when I need a change of pace from the other ones!
  10. Hi guys I thought I would have a short diversion and build a ship for an interesting bottle I found. Actually it is a vase with a narrow neck. Quite thick glass but optically clear I love the lines of Britannia and getting the sails right will be key to the build!
  11. I am officially hooked on ships in bottles (they make excellent mini builds) so when I found a small vase at the 99 cent only store I had to get one and put a boat/ship in it. I decided to build a cutter because it would fit perfectly. First I carved the hull from a piece of balsa that I had laying around. I painted it then remembered that I forgot to make the bulwarks so I made them then I made the mast from a bamboo toothpick. I repainted the model then wile the paint was drying I made the cannons. The cannons were made by first cutting short
  12. I saw that Michael Mott had built a mini version of his Bristol Pilot Cutter and thought that I would follow his lead and try to build a mini version of my Byzantium. The model was originally supposed to be a ship in a bottle but I didn't like the way it fit in the bottle so I decided to make it be a equivalently 1:20 scale model on display on its larger counterpart. Starting out. The shaped hull. With the bulwarks and the main hatch installed. With the gunports cut and the rail installed. Magnified view. Cannons installed. Painted.
  13. Some one once asked me during my building of the Bounty if it could get any smaller. Well ....we're about to find out. I had a friend at work that saw the bottles in my office and asked if I could do one for her. She handed me this strange little bottle more a jar really and I thought wow that would be a fun challenge. First a note on the scale. When I'm usually asked about scale I tell people it's on the itty bitty scale. The die hard scale people don't usually appreciate this joke so then I have to tell them the actual. Before I go into that I'll mention that I got my plans from
  14. I will re-title when I find out which ship I am going to build. I found this cheapo ship in a bottle and am planning on making a new ship for the bottle. after I took these pictures I noticed a cut in the base of the bottle where the original builder cut the bottle open then placed the whole model inside, what should I do to hide this when I an done with the model? Note the rope covering the cut.
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