SHIPS in BOTTLES by Michel Bardet            


My personal technique

Year by year, I developed this technique because of the difficulties I encountered to realize too wide models compared to the diameter of the neck of the bottles selected or available.

Admittedly, the kinematics study of setting under glass is more difficult, but it offers great satisfactions to be able to build larger models occupying a wider volume inside the bottle.

The fact of setting parts one after the other (in this case : the hull of the boat then its rigging ), involves a hard work inside the bottle, and leads you to make knots with the special tools.

Some other characteristics of my technique:

- The mast base line, which allows you for sure to guide the mast towards its base plate.
- The plastic tube placed under the hull prevents the lines to be stuck in the mastic that forms the bed of the boat.
- The junction rope is used to position two elements of the hull (divided into several parts), by pressing them close together.



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The function of the mast base line

The mast base line

The junction line


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