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#1 Posted : 20 October 2011 00:02:18

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Hello fellow modellers,

Here is the first instalment of my ship in the bottle build and the ship inside the bottle will be the Mayflower. It's worth noting first of all, that putting small models of ships in a bottle, was born out the old seaman's art of whittling.

Whittling, was usually where a usually a sailor or it could be anyone with a connection to the sea would use a pen knife to carve a representation of a ship from an old bit of driftwood or any scarp that was due for the fire. We see an example of this in the period film 'Master and Commander', where two of the ships hands produce a plank on frame model showing the hull design of the 'Acheron' for Captain Jack Aubrey, an excellent example of the art, although a bit more technical than usual.

We see then that a ship in the bottle model is the next logical step on from plain whittling. It should be noted however that 'ship in a bottle' was a branch off from whittling which remains as the parent of this.

Although today the answer of how the ship gets into the bottle could be discovered with a click of a mouse, in the early days it was a source of fascination to children and adults, how the ship got there. I hope you will enjoy the experience as much as I BigGrin





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#2 Posted : 06 October 2018 14:23:16

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Here is a picture of the exterior of the box

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#3 Posted : 06 October 2018 14:26:41

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The picture above shows the completed model as standard, although I intend to do a few upgrades. Cool As you can see the box has faded with age as it dates from circa 1976
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#4 Posted : 06 October 2018 14:30:59

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In this picture we see the box contents, various twines, a bottle of course, the paint and the glue that came with this set are no good so will be disposed of. There is blue and white plasticine to use for making the sea, I will have to see if they are any good. There are other items which I shall describe as I get to them. BigGrin
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#5 Posted : 06 October 2018 14:43:28

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Here we have the first bit of construction the base for the bottle to rest on. I have to say that even though it is plastic, I'm very impressed by the quality as it looks very wood like and won't need any painting. I have stuck the ships name sticker on the base and glued the resting arms into the base. Should I leave the sticker or do something else with it? What do you guys think?

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#6 Posted : 06 October 2018 22:47:40

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This is going to be interesting to watch and I look forward to seeing how you progress... As for the name plate, I would leave as is, after all the kit itself is quite old....Cool Cool

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I love the idea of this kit. BigGrin

Can`t wait to see it all pop up in place.

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BigGrin Seen these but never got one will lookk forward to your buildCool
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Look forward to seeing this one come together. Never seen one built not even watched a video. So this will be great to see how its all done.

Chris 😎😎
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#10 Posted : 07 October 2018 08:54:56

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It does look good, looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

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Never seen one of these go together, so should be educational as well as inspirational ThumpUp

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Look forward to seeing this build as always fancied doing one but never got around to doing so, good luck with your buildCool

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#13 Posted : 08 October 2018 06:34:31
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#14 Posted : 08 October 2018 10:21:17

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Thank you everyone for your kind replies and interest and ideas. Thanks Mr T for pointing out the excellent Amati ship in a bottle kit.

There you go guys, grab one and build a lovely model for your shelf or mantelpiece. BigGrin
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Make sure you watch the you tube video, it's fantastic quality. Drool Drool
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This will be a nice little model when done. Great for the mantelpiece!

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Sticky Wickett wrote:
This will be a nice little model when done. Great for the mantelpiece!

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Perhaps it's something we should bring to Modelspace, there seems to be interest, what do you guys think? Cool
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Silent_Running wrote:
Sticky Wickett wrote:
This will be a nice little model when done. Great for the mantelpiece!

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Perhaps it's something we should bring to Modelspace, there seems to be interest, what do you guys think? Cool
Perhaps post the idea into the "Suggest new Partwork models" section of the forum.
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#19 Posted : 08 October 2018 17:39:36

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Will be watching this one come together with great interest!Cool We have a ship in a bottle featuring an ocean liner with Mum's name "Elizabeth" on the bow. It was given to Mum by a German POW who also made one named Marjory for her sister. (Dad was disabled but joined the Home Guard and often escorted the 'better' POWs to work in the local community).
The Mayflower looks a nice little model too!

Best of luck!

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#20 Posted : 09 October 2018 14:26:56

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Good luck with your build.
Looking forward to following this one.
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