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DIY Disco Volante Ship in a Bottle replica from the James Bond 007 movie Thunderball. Learn how easy it is to craft these little ships. www.DIYeasycarfts.com
DIY Disco Volante Ship in a Bottle replica from the James Bond 007 movie Thunderball. Learn how easy it is to craft these little ships. www.DIYeasycarfts.com

The two masted schooner depicted is a very simple design. It is recommended to build a simple Ship in Bottle first. The principles remain the same but with a little more practice anyone with almost anyone can craft a maritime masterpiece. For complete instructions on building ships in a bottle please refer to the books How to Build a Ship in a Bottle and Shipwreck in a Bottle. Both are available from amazon.com.


Additional details like sails, flags and handrails can be added to enhance the ship in a bottle.

Throughout the build test the model to make sure the tiny ship is actually going to fit through the bottles neck.

Additional lines can be added to support each mast. These upright lines should be mounted even with or behind each mast. Otherwise they would prevent the mast from folding back.

DIY Easy Crafts how to make a ship in a bottle for custom nautical home decor ideas. Building a ship in a bottle is actually easier than it looks. Start by drawing templates and cutting out a block of wood to the rough shape of the hull. 

How to make a easy DIY ship in a bottle. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to make a easy DIY ship in a bottle. www.DIYeasycrafts.com
How to make a easy DIY ship in a bottle. www.DIYeasycrafts.com

How To Make A Ship in A Bottle

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The secrete to getting these small ships to fit into a bottle is making all rigging so it folds. One way is to use a small length of wire which runs through the lower end of the mast. The wire is folded down on both sides. Both tips will be inserted into hole in the ships deck. It is this hinge that allows the mast to fold flat.

The inner deck and be carved out with a small chisel. 

Use a saw, dremel grinder and sand paper to obtain the desired shape.