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Found 19 results

  1. Has any one threaded the sails on for this kit? According to the diagram in the instructions, it looks as though they are threaded on the ends.
  2. So crazy thing happened at work a week or so ago. We had a secret Santa sort of thing at work and one of my coworkers went well out of there way to find a ship in bottle kit. They went to just about every hobby store in Denver and found this one which was under the $20 limit set by the company for this activity. I'm actually highly surprised they found one at all in an actual store. I've only ever seen them online. After I got it they told me they want to see it when I'm done. I accepted politely and told them I would, inside I was thinking haven't you seen the ten ships in bottles in my office? I'm going to bash the heck out of this kit and show you a ship in bottle you won't believe! I've actually built this kit before and as far as beginning ship in bottle kits go I think it's one of the best. It is incredibly simple and the instructions are pretty good. It follows the most basic ship in bottle process using hinges for the mast. As far as ships go the rigging very basic and the parts are way off scale, not that they had any scale in mind for it. The bottle is a great beginners bottle as well. The opening is a massive inch and a quarter. More than twice the size of my usual half inch bottles. It gives you a lot of wiggle room to work with. If any one were to try a ship in bottle using a kit I think they would have an easier time with one of these then the Amati kits. Bearing in mind of coarse these will look much cheesier. Enough talk here's a photo. Here is everything that comes in the kit. There's the ship itself which I think is made out of pine. It's a more solid wood them I'm used to. There's skewers, tooth picks, popsicle stick and piece of balsa. Sand paper thread and larger string for the bottle neck and a cork. Also some tiny nails and wire for the hinges. I'm missing a page of the plans but I'm not to worried about it. I will also note that the bottle stand that comes in this kit is one of the best and I've designed many stands after it. It's just a block of wood rounded out on top but it seems to fit any round bottle I put on it. Big enough to hold the bottle small enough to not detract. I really want to go for the romanticized pirate look. Looking at the block they supply the ship has more of a clipper type deck with a long narrow bow section. I suspect they use the same piece of wood for their Cutty Sark kit. Most "pirate" like ships had a more rounded bow so I looked through the book The Story of Sail for something with a narrower bow. I think galleons is as close as it comes. They are rounder but the forecastle juts out and narrows similar enough to the cut out that came with the kit. This particular ship plan is for a ship named the Revenge from 1577. It was for a time Sir Francis Drakes Flag Ship. The ship itself has an incredible story even after Sir Francis Drake I highly suggest looking it up. I'm not sure I'll copy this one exactly but I will take a lot of aspects from this ship. Also if any one has any ideas they want to throw in to totally bash this kit post them. I want to have a lot of fun with this one so the crazier the idea the better.
  3. I've been doing some research and interviewing some older ship in bottle builders and thought I'd open this discussion up on this forum. I'm gathering information on how some of the first ships in bottle were built in hopes of using the same materials tools and techniques and documenting the experience through a build log and my blog. It seems to me a lot of this information is fading in time or at the very least hard to find. I'd like to contribute another source to make it that much easier to find and keep it alive. Here's what I have so far. Wood used was mainly pine. While not used for actual ships it had a lot of other purposes and was widely available. Hulls were often thinner then what would be scale. Segmented hulls were not often if ever done in older ship in bottles. I have heard of old ships in bottles being made from bone as well. Masts and yards were made from either splintered wood or match sticks. Both would have likely been sanded down with dry sharkskin. Glue was made from different fish parts boiled down. There's youtube videos on this I'd have to dig around for them again though. Thin thread may have been hard to find but wax from candles could have been used to strengthen pieces enough to use. Don Hubbard had a thought that Baleen from whales could have been used for thread but there's no way to know for sure. Sails were not common among old ship in bottles because they were harder to do. Usually the ship was just shown with the bare yards. When it was done they used paper or some times wood shavings. Sea is tricky and I think it depends on the time period. Michael Bardet suggested that seas were made of wood in old ship in bottles. I've seen some of the old ships he restores, some as old as 1895, and have seen how that was done. His work is incredible I highly suggest seeing it. http://michel.bardet.pagesperso-orange.fr/indexa.htm Other methods for sea was some kind of putty with pigment in it. Don Hubbard theorizes that green copper oxide could have been used as well. As far as bottles I found an interesting idea from an article by Louis Norton. He says that most alcohol would have been transported in wood barrels on sailing ships so the bottles used were more likely medicine or spice bottles. I wouldn't doubt that a sailor would keep a clear liquor bottle he picked up in port though. Most of the old bottles I've seen have mostly been wine bottles. I've looked around a little bit in regards to tools. Sailors definitely had knives and this would have been a primary tool. Other things I found were surgical scissors and Sail Awls. Tweezers or forceps could have been carved out of wood. I'm not sure yet on drills. Don Hubbard uses a technique where you sand down a needle and use it as a drill. This may have been the tool used. Shark skin for sand paper. From what I can tell sailors were quiet resourceful. Just about anything and everything could have been used. I'm sure there's ideas I haven't thought of or possibly books I don't know about. If you have any ideas please post them.
  4. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    The passage of the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip in the mid 1600's is quite an exceptional one and is probably one of the most under-credited stories of the colonization of the Delaware area, USA, by the Swedes. This bottle depicts the two ships sailing in a heavy storm, of which, they experienced on their first attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean on their passage to Delaware where they ultimately set up Fort Christina, present day Wilmington. The Kalmar Nyckel made four consecutive crossing of the Atlantic, which was unmatched by any of the ships of that period. The two ships are displayed in a specially ordered, 5 liter pharmaceutical bottle and appear to be battling a heavy sea. This is one of my bottles that I would classify as a museum piece and contains a massive amount of details and fine work considering the small size of the vessels.
  5. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    This was my first real success in adding more details to my ships in bottles including seed beads for rigging blocks, a figure head, and a small open captains launch among other things. She is displayed in a beautiful blown bottle, that is slightly asymmetrical and very clear.
  6. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    The is a scene of the Pride of Baltimore sailing along side the schooner Virginia, as they approach the Thimble Shoals Lighthouse. It displays the great rivalry that exists between the two ships in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Races.
  7. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    This is a scene from the movie Jaws in bottle, displaying a combination of moments within the movie. The large man eater was slightly exaggerated in size and is seen rising out of the water with the scuba tank in its mouth. The ship was constructed in three different portions to pass through the neck of the bottle and on board are the three miniature personas from the movie. The labels (one on each side) read "You're gonna need a bigger boat" and "Smile, you son of a bitch," two famous quotes from the movie. She is displayed in a four liter pharmaceutical bottle.
  8. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    I received a commission to build a miniature replica of an acquaintance's canoe, on lake Geneva. It is displayed with his two daughters paddling past a group of swans, one of them with its butt in the air as it plucks some grasses off the lake bed.
  9. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    La Neptune is a Barque du Leman that sails on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) Switzerland. She is displayed hauling a load of lumber and entering the harbor of Geneva passing closely to the Paquis Lighthouse. She is displayed in an approximate one liter, upright decanter.
  10. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    On Lake Geneva, Switzerland (Lac Leman) there exists a very tiny island only big enough for a massive tree to grow, it is called L'ile de Peilz. Le Demoiselle, the larger of the two, seems to be chasing the L'Aurore which is a smaller open transport vessel called a cochere. Each of these boats, in reality, are reproductions of some of the large transport boats that once frequented the lake transporting everything from cargoes of wood, rock, and even barrels of goods like cheese. In winter, the tree has an almost magical, white appearance, though upon a closer look, you'll find that it is only this way due to the what is left behind from the comorans that use it as a winter perch. These two boats are displayed in a five liter pharmaceutical bottle.
  11. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    The Skipjack Rosie Parks has undergone a massive restoration at the St. Micheals Museum in Maryland and will be displayed upon completion, with all of her original gear, making her the most authentic of the Skipjacks remaining on the Chesapeake Bay. She is displayed dredging for oyster on the shallows next to the Thomas Point LIghthouse, which is the only original screw pile lighthouse that exists and is still in activity on the Chesapeake. As a bit of humor, I added to flags on the pole of the lighthouse, dictating to the captain that she is in dnager of running aground, being displayed with barely enough room to clear the lighthouse. On board are a few personas steering and working the gear. She is displayed in a one liter chemist's bottle.
  12. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    This is my dedication to an original passenger steamboat that still exists on lake Geneva (lac Leman), Switzerland. She is over one hundred years old and still carries her original steam engine, which is can been seen through a large viewing hole cut out of the deck in the main cabin. I had the joy of not only once, but two times, upon asking, being invited to descend into the engine room to get an upclose view on her sister ship. They are a spectacular piece of history and run on lake Geneva as tourist and passenger boats, taking people from one side of the lake to the other (the Swiss and Fench coast). She is displayed in a pharmaceutical bottle, under power, with a flock of swans flying overhead.
  13. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    La Savoie is a Barque du Leman, a reproduction of the transport boats that once sailed on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), Switzerland. She is placed inside an approximate 3 liter pharmaceutical bottle and displays workers unloading a cargo of rocks. The barque du leman had massive lateen sails to move the boats under what is often light winds on the lake. There are also long boards attached to the port and starboard side of the vessel which were used for the crew to move about the boat once she had a full load.
  14. From the album: Ships in Bottles by DSiemens

    A variation of a ship from Don Hubbard's Ships in bottles book.
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