Feb/02
2012

 

 

These Scratch Bottle Projects are simple Nautical items designed to hone and develop my skills in this art form. They are my original creations and built completely from scratch.

You will find each project in its own build log as I learn this craft. I hope they give you as much pleasure as they have given me.

 

Follow this link to see the complete build log for this project: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/scratch-bottle-project-1-gun/


S. Kahn

Jan/14
2012

This is a kit-bash. For anyone who doesn't know what this means it is a purchased kit that is rebuilt into something different. Usually other parts are added and subtracted to create a completely different model. In this instance, a writer working on a YA novel series has asked me to create a few fantasy ships for his story's use. While I cannot go into the novel's details I can show this ship and others I will be creating for him. (Please note that all the names and images / designs are copyright protected and trademarked by the author.)

 

For this antagaonist, the October Witch, I will be bashing an existing Mini Mamoli, Captain Morgan pirate ship kit. I followed the kit's instructions throughout except where noted.

 

To see the complete build log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/october-witch-haunted-pirate-ship/

 

S. Kahn

Dec/14
2011

Dutchy (Ship in a bottle)

Well, I couldn’t leave it alone. After the fun I had building the Hannah, I decided I had to try my hand at the Golden Yacht or Dutch Yacht (it’s marketed under both names).

This build took me one month to complete and it was a lot of fun.

To watch its construction from the beginning see the complete Build Log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/golden-yacht-dutch-yacht-1678/


S. Kahn

Dec/13
2011

The schooner Hannah was the first armed American naval vessel of the American Revolution and is claimed to be the founding vessel of the United States Navy. She was owned by John Glover's in-law of Marblehead, Massachusetts with a crew drawn largely from that town. The schooner was hired into the service of the American Continental Army by General George Washington.

This was my very first Ship in a Bottle build.  It took me one month and three weeks to complete and was a great deal of fun to build.

It is a very large file so grab a cup of coffee before you take a look.  Return to this post and leave a comment if you have any questions.

 

To see the entire build log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/hannah-1775-amati-ship-in/

 

S. Kahn

Dec/12
2011

Patterned after the catamarans built from Pacific island palm wood.

To see the complete build log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/catamarano-graupner/

Another small raft project I suggest as a great family project for any budding shipwright. It requires only a carving knife (no.11 blade), sandpaper, a few small dia. Drill bits, thread, some dowels and balsa wood. It’s a discontinued kit but I’m including all the specs and diagrams should anyone wish to build one.

The build took 7 hours to complete.

 

S. Kahn

Dec/11
2011

I decided to build this kit because it makes a great family project for any budding shipwright. It requires only a carving knife (no.11 blade), sandpaper, a 4mm dia. Drill, some dowels and balsa wood. It makes a perfect weekend project for father & son or mother & daughter. It’s a discontinued kit but I’m including all the specs and diagrams should anyone wish to build one.

It took me only 14 hours to construct and it floats.

To see the full build log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/jaganda-graupner-south-american-river/


S. Kahn

Dec/11
2011

Of all my builds this was my favorite. To see the full build log: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/gamela-carmina-1/

Here’s a brief description from the OcCre site:

“Gamellas” are, along with “dornas”, the most emblematic of the popular Galician embarkations. With snubbed bow and stern and a flat bottom they can be either rowed or sailed. Completely built in pine they were traditionally painted red, using a mixture that served as both careening and paint. Nowadays they can be found painted in a variety of bright and cheerful colours. The name comes from the “gamella”, i.e. trough or basin, used for feeding animals. The “Carmiña” is outstanding above all because of the ease with which she can be brought on shore and her dimensions, with a length of over 16 feet and a beam of about 6. For anchoring the traditional “poutadas”, or rocks, are still used.”

I originally purchased this kit for my second build. I don’t count the Mini Mamoli Bluenose even though I learned a great deal from its construction. (I felt that, even though it was fun to construct, it was too easy for a first build.) After reading the description and seeing the wonderful wood supplied with the kit, I decided to build this boat as if it had been handed down from father to son over the course of a few generations. You’ll notice as I build that edges and corners will be ‘rounded over’ to display the effects of Time & Tide.

I hope that this extra care will help the ‘Carmina’ to inspire a few imaginations to take up this brilliant hobby.

 

S. Kahn

Dec/10
2011

Phantom 1868 Build Log (09-07-08 3m)

This was a great ship to build and it took me three months to complete. The Phantom 1868 by Model Shipways (to see full photographic build log): http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/phantom-1868/

Nearly everything had to be scratch built. There were more than enough building materials to complete the ship. The plans were magnificent and true to scale. I couldn't recommend any greater kit for a scratch building beginner than this one.

My only problem was that I used too much glue during the construction.

I had a great time on this build and, without delay, I settled quickly into my next one.


All comments and questions may be left on this post (link may be found under the post's title heading shown above).


Thank you,

S. Kahn

Dec/10
2011

Bluenose Schooner (Mini Mamoli) Build Log (5-04-08 2w/2d)

The Bluenose Schooner kit by Mini-Mamoli (to see the full build log): http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/bluenose-schooner/ was my first wooden ship build and while it wasn’t complicated it did provide a few lessons in basic ship kit construction. The base is a simple piece of hand-polished cedar. Total build time was two weeks, two days.

Some of the photos are a bit out of focus. I’m not a very good photographer; something else to learn as I go along.

My only difficulties during this build were the ratlines. They were exhausting. The scale was too small to tie each cross thread with a clove-hitch knot so I cut them to length and glued them into place, a few at a time. Overall, this took about two days to finish.

I think it turned out well considering I had no idea what I was doing. The instructions were in every language known to mankind except English and only basic sketches were provided for clarity but, it did inspire me to try another.

BTW: It does actually float, by dumb luck, not by design.


All comments and questions may be left on this post (link may be found under the post's title heading shown above).


Thank you,

S. Kahn

Dec/10
2011

Stagecoach Build Log (01-27-08 2m)

I completed this build on 1-27-08. Being my first wooden model and the first build I have done since childhood, it took me two months to finish. I worked on it occasionally during weekends and really wasn’t in any hurry. It gave me time to relive a few childhood moments.

All in all it went well. My only trouble came when I built the wheels. It was a nightmare. I had to make certain that I didn’t get any glue on the jig and yet keep all the spokes true. This was a learning process. After six hours of trial and error I had four trued wheels and a Corona.

The horses were my first experience with the art of carving. I, armed only with no. 11 blades and some sandpaper, think I did OK. The ears were tricky; I had to learn to carve with the grain. The horses turned out beautifully once stained and I actually agonized over covering them up with the bridle works.

This build helped me remember something I had lost while growing up. I intended to not let the magic get lost again.

To see a more complete build log visit my Build Logs Blog: http://s.kahn.lyshanpress.com/blog/blog4.php/stagecoach/ to see a photographic step-by-step reproduction of the complete log.


All comments and questions may be left on this post (link may be found under the post's title heading shown above).


Thank You,

S. Kahn

Jul/18
2011

To all spammers:  The following post is being used with permission from Devlin Scott and Lyshan Press.  I will practice this policy.

 

D.E.V.I.L.S. Screwing with Spammers

Those of us who own sites have always had to deal with spam and their proponents. I have a simple solution.  While the software companies do their thing and invent new ways to block them why should we, the admins who run our sites, be left out in the cold waiting for the updates …we should have some fun too.

There are those who cleverly link their usernames to their ad pages and sites.  They usually spend a few days watching the posts before adding something supportive and clever in comment/post form.  These comments usually display their ‘linked’ username directing you to their ad pages.  Normally, I wouldn’t care, but when they are so obvious about it, it just demands a clever response…

Change their links.

Spammers who link themselves to porn sites can be re-linked to church sites. Example:  [url=http//porn site]bob smith[/url]  can be rewritten as [url=http//church of the immaculate conception]bob smith[/url].  Just go into their profile and begin the rewriting.  It’s not wrong.  It’s your site.  You maintain it.  You sweat over it.  You should protect it.

 

Here are a few ideas:

  1. A drug/pill site can be redirected to a rehab or hospital center.
  2. A sex site can be channeled to the nearest FBI web site.
  3. A product you don’t think is worthy can be linked to a nursery school or college enrollment form.
  4. Also, a user’s name can be changed to help support their site: [url=http//male enlargement site]david wilks[/url]  can become; [url=http//male enlargement site]wee man david wilks or david wilks can’t satisfy[/url].
  5. Instead of deleting their accounts, change their passcodes or login information. 
  6. Redirect their listed websites…to their competitor's.

 

Doesn’t this sound like fun?

The more they correct it, the more we change it.

Devlin is fun to play with…please enjoy the site but remember, I can read.

 

Devlin