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Getting started

"Making Ships in Bottles"
By Leon and Pat Labistour

"The best beginners guide around"

This is the most straightforward introduction to making ships in bottles available. It is a  most encouraging book designed to get a beginner going in the hobby - and adding material for the advanced modeler as confidence builds.  The book combines Leon's technical expertise and draws on Pat's long experience both as a modeller and a teacher, to set out the work in stages - each easily followed.  
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European Association of Ships in Bottles
Contact: Membership Secretary Robert Brinkley at email:

The Association welcomes bottle ship makers, collectors and indeed anyone interested in the art.  Currently there are over 260 members drawn from right across Europe and around the world, several as far afield as Japan.    The Association publishes the informative quarterly magazine "Bottleship", and has a regular convention and prize giving.

Dutch Ships in Bottles Association  

Model Ship Museum, Enkhuisen, Holland

Ed Note: I visited this Museum some years ago.  It is to be found on the key side at Enklhuisen and contains an astonishing collection of splendidly crafted bottle ships.  Enkhuisen itself is a traditional fishing port and little has changed in the older part of the town since the 1600's. Traditional vessels moor here and there is also the Zuider Zee Musem a short walk from the Model Ship Museum.

  Charles Smith Publications.  Brought on line: 27/04/07. Updated: 05/01/2023