As usual, after building a model ship, I decided to duplicate it in a bottle.
I was given a 5 litre whiskey bottle (sadly, empty!) and this enabled me to build a fairly large size bottleship, allowing me to show a lot of detail.
The plans from the 1:250 model (1070mm) were scaled down to fit the bottle and this resulted in a hull length of 310mm, a scale of 1:868.
Using 2mm and 2.5mm OD brass tube, male and female pegs and sockets were made to join the hull pieces together. The hull was constructed in four halves, and joined together with these brass pegs.
The hull pieces were then sprayed black and red.
Using MS Paint, black strips 2mm wide were drawn and portholes (round dots 1.5mm) were placed at intervals along the lines. These were then printed on 160gm card.
The paint was scraped off the upper hull pieces along the raised sections and these card strips cut out and glued on with white glue (PVA). When dry, they were over-coated with more white glue.
After a couple of days, all four hull sections were sprayed with a coat of clear lacquer.
The bow and stern deck fittings and cranes were made, to be fitted after bottling.
The upper decks and boat deck were made as one unit from a piece of Jelutong. This was carved at the bow and stern ends to form the separate deck levels. The sides and decks were from printed card glued on with PVA glue. The unit was then cut into two pieces from bow to stern.
The funnel mountings and boat deck housings were then made from Jelutong.
The railings were made from plastic fly screen, painted white.
The lifeboat davits were made and painted. The deck pieces would not fit through the bottle neck if they were fitted now so they will be fitted after the deck is bottled and in place.
The funnels were made next.
The funnel rigging lines will go into the boat deck and along a channel underneath. They will come out at the front of the deck. After the hull is bottled and the decks fitted, the funnels will be connected to the rigging lines coming out of the boat deck and then be inserted and glued into place. The rigging lines will be pulled up, glued into place and then the ends trimmed and covered.
The masts were now made. The mast rigging is attached to the deck pieces and goes over locating pins on the masts, which will be fitted into locating tubes in the deck after bottling. The rigging will then be pulled up, glued to the masts and trimmed.
The stand for the boat is made and the pieces are inserted and joined together and then glued to the inside base of the bottle.
The boat is now ready to be bottled.
The bottom two hull pieces are inserted and glued together. When dry, they are glued onto the stand. The top two hull pieces are then inserted and glued together and when dry, they are fitted onto the lower hull and glued.
The rear Deck Bridge and ventilators are now inserted and glued into place.
The boat deck pieces are inserted and glued together. When dry, this deck is glued onto the hull.
The rear mast was inserted and glued into place and the mast rigging lines glued to the mast.
The rear funnel was now rigged and inserted and glued in position and the rigging lines pulled tight and glue to the deck.
The rear lifeboat davits were now glued into place.
The middle funnels were now completed the same as the rear funnel and glued into place.
Finally, the front funnel and davits were fitted.
The threads were now cut.
The holes where the threads came out were now covered with printed pieces of card and the forward cranes fitted.
Finally, the front mast was fitted and rigged and the mast ladders fitted. The bow crane was fitted and the bottle cleaned up.