DSiemens Posted February 8, 2014 Share #1 Posted February 8, 2014 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 which I have based a lot of this model on. Still debating if I should break down and just call her the Mariquita but we'll see. I actually tried some thing new and did some rough measuring. The ship is a bit thin but she needs to fit in the bottle. I'm off less then a millimeter so I think it's okay even for this scale. This was actually pretty fascinating to see and I suggest trying it out just for fun. I measured out the center line and then lines on the plans. I counted twelve on the plans but the photo now shows more like 16. It's 1:300 scale kind of hard to see. Any ways. I divided the ships length by twelve and drew a line for each section. I then drew the center line. From there I went back and forth from the plans measuring each line from the center line and marking it on both sides of the center line on the wood. As I progressed the deck shape just appeared. This is probably the most fun I've ever had with a set of plans. I then carved out the hull and I apologize for not having more pictures because I tried a new technique for that as well. I've been looking at pictures of some of my favorite ship in bottle builders for a long time. One that has always intrigued me is Heather Rogers. I've posted a few pictures of her work and if you would like to see more click link. As I looked at her photo's I've found she carves ships very differently. She also did a model of the Mariquita so being I had a reference I decided to try it her way. What I found was incredible. I cut out the large pieces around the hull and then went to my usual dremel work. The proved difficult as the base got in the way. So I looked back and found that she uses chisels. I pulled out my chisels and started working with it. The grove between the base and the ship created a perfect guide. I place one end of the chisel in the groove, angled it to where I wanted to cut and slid the chisel against the hull. It was almost to easy. This hull is almost completely cut from a chisel and touched off with some sanding. I noticed though that Heather uses what appears to be harder woods. I think I may try that in the future as the bass wood is soft and dents easily. I then added the trim on the sides and the deck furniture. The ships wheel is made from a piece of a watch I bought from a jeweler for the spare parts. The deck house, hatches, skylights and dory are cut from match sticks. What's also interesting is that I'm about four hours into this build and I'm ready for masts yards and rigging. She's a quick fun build. Actually if any one wants to try ship in bottle building for the first time this ship would be a good one to start on. captainbob, mtaylor, augie and 3 others 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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