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Ships In Bottles/Bricks?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Ships In Bottles/Bricks?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:52 AM


      I know there are some of you out there that have tried and maybe even like "Ships in Bottles". Well, it is fun to empty the Bottles, for sure! So, my next question is this. You modelers of smaller than 1/700. Would you entertain putting a ship or scene in a Brick?

      I was killing time the other day looking for something nice for a friend. I came across these Glass Bricks. Maybe about a third of the size of a regular one. Now there was a plugged opening in one end. These are the same glass Bricks you would build a Knee-Wall or Architectural detail with. The two sides were fairly clear with only a small amount of distortion around the finished side edges.

     After seeing the Plug, a little light went off to the starboard side of the old noggin. Why couldn't a ship be put in here? Now that would be different wouldn't it? Imagine three or four stacked in a specified place with three or four of your favorite modern ships in them!

       I say modern because of the heighth of the sailing ship usually seen would indeed be a TOO tall ship. I think these could be used even for 1/43 scale cars as well. Maybe even a Mini Armor Dio?

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, May 8, 2022 3:31 PM

Hi TB! Have built quite a few "Ships in Bottles" back in the past. To me, they were fairly easy as most of the ship was completed outside the bottle then slid in and dropped in place. The masts were slipped in and placed over the holes in the deck and pulled up with a string that was over the top of the mast then removed. Then it was up to the builder how much details he could add.

In doing cars or Armor, I think a lot of planning ahead would be needed as the cars would have to go into the bottle in slices which would have to be set to make the seams disappear when put together in the bottle. Ships were commonly put together to go into the bottle with horizontal pieces one on top of the other to hide the seams.

I think most of the guys on here have the skills needed and could probably plan something out and do a very nice job of it. I have a few in mind but will keep them to myself.Wink Plus, it all depends on what they drink to get that just right sized bottle for the project.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:46 PM

I like the idea! 

I've thought about hitting a few bad models with bricks but so far haven't put any inside them... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:53 AM

{ have put aside a neat tall wine bottle tha I intend to put a laker in, an older one so it will not be too long. Maybe a 600 or 400 ftr.

But I love the idea of a diorama in one of those blocks.  My daughter gave us one with some family photos, and some decorations.  Love it but it did not catch my attention for the modeling use.  Thanks, TB

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 12, 2022 4:17 PM

Hi Ho;

     Now that could be done. The base first then the top form for the water around the ship. Oh, you said family centered dio. Why not? The removeable plug is about Half Dollar sized, Maybe a wee bit smaller.

 You could make it bigger with a grinding bit for glass and use a cork plug from the smaller type storage bottles. Now you could make a couple that way, Memorializing in 3-d a special family event . Then stack them on a shelf or tabletop for others to admire!


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