David Nelson's Web Site
For some time I have been interested in building a ship model in a bottle and also one in a light bulb. A new member of our modelling club does these and looking at his work inspired me to give it a shot.
May 13, 2015
Over the past couple of months I have been working on a
model of the HMS Erebus from the Franklin Expedition
Building a model this small is certainly a challenge
because of the size of the parts. It gives me a new respect for
The hull and deck fittings are now complete but much work is yet to be done.
This is the light bulb the model will call home.
The "sea" is made of glazing putty and coloured with acrylic paint.
Here we see the hull and fittings complete to this
point.. Across the top of the image are the tree sections of each
The 6" ruler across the bottom give a scale.
July 9, 2019
The model, including the rigging, is now complete.
The next step is to get it into the light buld. I am sure this will
View of the completed model. The masts are
designed so they can lay down towards the stern to allow them to fit
All of the rigging lines extend well out from the bow
so that they come out of the neck of the bulb and will then be
Once the masts and yards are in their proper position
and aligned they will be glued in place and the excess cut off.