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Black Pearl by qwerty2008 - BOTTLE - Finished


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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. 

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Lextin.

 

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    Our shipmodel club mans a booth every year at the county fair, where we 'display our skills' and talk to folks about ship modeling.  Three of the top four questions asked are:  "Is that a pirate ship?"  "Is that made of balsa wood?" and "How do you put a ship in a bottle?" ( #4 being "Wher eis the bathroom?")   They would have a field day with this model!

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I made the cannons and the stand for the bottle. I also scratched the paint off the deck leaving lines simulating planks as well as creating some contrast from all the black. The stand for the bottle is made from some old worm eaten wood.

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Lextin.

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I made the beakhead railing, figurehead and the stern lanterns. The figurehead is made from two card cutouts glued together in a V shape with the open end of the V around the stem, the railings are strips of card shaped then soaked in CA to harden them and the stern lanterns are made from bamboo skewers and are placed lower than they should be, so they wont block the piece from fitting through the neck of the bottle.

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Lextin.

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  • 2 weeks later...

It is ready to bottle. I decided to run only an outer jib as far as staysails go and to treat the aft upper works as if it were its own model and will assemble it in the bottle first then set it at the back of the bottle while I assemble the rest of the model.

   The port side shrouds are a little wonky but its to late to fix them.

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A close up of the flag.

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Lextin.

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I got it in the bottle but it didn't turn out to well, the main mast is skewed off at a weird angle, the sails are crooked, the shrouds are loose and to make matters worse I found that the inside of the bottle is severely scratched presumably from the last time I cleaned the bottle. I may end up restarting in a new bottle and make the model smaller so that it will be easier to get inside the bottle.

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Here are some of the tools I used to bottle the model. Not shown are some aluminium rods that I bent into shapes to press the model into the clay also not shown are my CA applicators which are basically bamboo skewers with a thin wire with a loop attached to one end.

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Lextin.

 

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