The little man in my life (aka as Asher my gorgeous four year old nephew) is seriously into them. He had been given a pirate ship model by Grandma and had glued it together and painted it and that was what he wanted for his cake.
I tried not to make the front of the boat have too much of an angle inwards underneath as I know that can be a nightmare to cover with icing. Make sure you roll out plenty of fondant icing to cover the cake and tuck it in underneath.
Gently lift the fondant over the cake then smooth lightly with your hands to get any air pockets out. Once the whole cake has been smoothed over with your hands, use a smoothing tool to get it absolutely perfect. The round cake board was covered with a thick (5mm) layer of blue fondant which was rolled and covered in the usual way. To make the deck a perfect fit I cut a slither off the ship’s paper pattern and used it as a template to cut out the yellow wooden decking. The cabin was covered in the yellow fondant icing and was positioned on the middle of the ship’s deck with a little Royal Icing. I cut the sails out of paper and did a drawing of the Jolly Rodger then added Ahser’s initials. Tim had to show me how to make a pirates hat as all my attempts made him look like a cowboy! I made the plank by cutting a thin cake board to size then covering it with fondant and creating a wooden effect.
For the Pirate ship cake I cut out the basic cake shape then once I added buttercream and Jam to the middle I placed them together. Then fold it in half and draw the ship part of the cake so that you will get to use up as much of the cake as possible. I got the chocolate fondant from my local cake decorating shop but you can get it on Amazon too. I have used supermarkets own brands and they are a good back up but not quite as malleable as the renshaw. I tend to mainly buy pre- coloured sugarpaste as they come in so many perfect colours, but I also buy big 5kg packs of white as it works out a lot cheaper. Create a Ship in a Bottle Crafts Project for Kids - The ship in a bottle is an age old puzzle.
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How to Make a Ship in a Bottle Crafts Project - Live the dream and make yourself a ship in a bottle! Recycle an Old Light Bulb into a Ship in a Bottle - Learn how to make a ship in the bulb (aka a ship in a bottle). April 27, 2012Welcome back to this week’s How To – where I made a Cardboard DIY Pirate Ship for the children!
I like to layer my paper in different directions – you know how when you tear newspaper it one direction it tears really is easily, but not in the other?
7) Let dry again and add detail – I painted on some skull and cross bones and anchors. I’ve been dying to see this since the teaser (prior to covering in paper mache) and it is amazing! What a cute little pirate ship…my boys would have so much fun playing with one like that! After all the amazing things you’ve posted to Creative Juice Thursday over the past year, I just had to feature you {and much more in the future too} at the new site. The Clyde puffer is a small steamboat which provided provisions and trade link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland. Cooling for the motor and speed controller is from a battery powered pump run through a 30 Amp speed controller to give variable speed, water is draw from the bottom of the hull and passes through the speed controller, motor and exits the hull on the upper port side towards the stern. The is a scratch build project that I have not finished, hull is complete and superstructure is in place - just needs detailing.
The set up pull 16 Amps at full speed and the battery will last more than 30min with good throttle management. I used a CNC machine to cut out the hull formers for this project - a short video of the CNC machine in action is Here - pretty boring if you have seen a CNC machine before, pretty interesting if you have not. The Ship uses two 540 brushed motors with twin 220 Amp speed controllers with forward and reverse.
Click on the thumbnails for the RC ship plans for the Hermes Deep Sea Salvage Tug or Hochsee Bergungsschlepper.


This was the difficult part - because there are no real plans the superstructure was build from what limited drawings and pictures I could find from the net.
You can see from the pictures that there are twin speed controls, both rated at 220 Amps - I have decided not to use any water cooling on this ship as after repeated tests I can not get the motors or speed controls to get as hot as they do when used in my RC big foot pickup after a good run - I hope this the correct decision.
The steering servo has been sealed in place with low temp glue stick paste to stop any moisture ingress if the rudder shaft should leak.
The Deck is made from cheap 3mm ply - the planks drawn on with a pencil then scored over with a stylus. To give a traditional built feel to the hull, the gunwale and buttocks (of the ship) where given a veneer of hardwood so it was hard to tell the the ship was not completely made from wood.
The extended keel is a 10mm x 75mm x 660mm piece of steel running the full length of the bottom of the hull - it weighs about 4 kg - this is enough ballast to enable the ship to remain upright with wind in the sails. The sails where made from a nylon material which was cut and sewn to shape by a fierce lady and hand sewn into place by my totally unsuitable fat fingers - the fierce one had had enough and I thought it better not to ask her to help anymore. Here is a short clip of the first test in a lake and the video clip on the right is a lesson in using cheap battery connectors - 100m out and the controls go dead and when rescued the connector given the magic wiggle and all working. RC Ship Plans and RC Boat Plans for download free - a collection of free ship plans for model ship and model boats that I have built. Not really a ship but many Ships have Lattice Boom Cranes on deck - especially construction barges and all Dockyards have a crawler crane. The Jack Up Crane Barge has Legs with a Pin system to provide additional stability during lifting. The plans are in AutoCAD format, copied in Adobe PDF format for those model Engineers who do not have access to AutoCAD Software.
Listed below are a selection of free plans to download - I have not made any of these models (yet) but the plans seem to be reasonable and enough detail to make a good model ship on the first attempt.
A great set of plans over 60 pages with instructions for a Paddle Steamer Tug Boat - a comprehensive set of plans with good detail. Designed in the office of Tabor Sea in Gdansk, she was built by the Gdansk Repair Shipyard. Simply draw out a dragon bow head that you like on a piece of chipboard, cardboard, or posterboard.
Simply draw out a dragon's tail rudder you like on a piece of chipboard, cardboard, or posterboard.
Another great tip that will make rigging your boat easier is to carefully cut small slots at the top of your mast. The more time you spend on adding string for your rigging, the more realistic your viking ship will look. You can add colored shields to the sides of your Viking Ship, flags or any cool thing you can think of. So when I asked him what he wanted for his cake this year I had a pretty good idea of what the answer would be – as he brandished his tin foil hook! My plan was to get the larger top half of the boat out of the big cake with the base of the cake out of the smaller one. I then used my fingers to create the waves, gently pushing into the icing to create a rippled effect.
I left these to dry overnight as I wanted them to be firm enough to handle, but soft enough to be able to stick to the side of the ship neatly.
I then made a red flag with a Jolly Rodger on the front (from fondant) and  placed it over one of my modelling tools so when it was dry and positioned in the cake it would look like it was blowing in the wind.
You can download my template for the sails here Pirate ship Sails template I used a hot glue gun to stick the sails to the mast. To do this glue the top part in place first and when it is really stuck fast you can stick the second on. Asher loves Captain Hook so I made one to stand on the cake complete with peg leg and shiny hook. I adapted the shape so I could fit it all on one cake with a bit of sticking pieces together with buttercream. Do you buy them ready-coloured or always buy white and then colour for all your lovely cakes. When I colour the sugarpaste I use a small amount (added with a toothpick) until it’s the right colour.
You can try and add some Trex (vegetable fat) to the sugarpaste when you knead it – just a little.
Like all impossible bottle tricks, the ship in a bottle looks impossible only to those who do not know the secret.
I used some nail scissors (that I have especially for crafting) – as they have a nice round curve. The deck is quite fragile and is the part that probably benefits the most from the paper mache.


Well, I believe that if you criss cross your paper layers when paper maching, you get a stronger final construction.
These small cargo ships where made popular by the short stories about the Vital Spark and her captain Para Handy.
As with previous model boats I have made, the plans where taken from a paper model ship, enlarged and adapted to make a rough set of plans to work from.
A little bit of overkill but I would rather be looking AT extra Amp rating that looking FOR extra Amp rating.
The initial tests for floatation and balance where carried out on the hull with all drive and radio equipment fitted - a brief test of the propulsion system revealed a very powerful RC ship which is very fast in the water - I think I will have to make something for it to tow to be able to make use of the available power.
A bit of artistic licence has been used to get around a couple of problems and avoid remaking after making a couple of silly mistakes. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! Then cut of the excess tape that was left out over the front by cutting along the edge of your dragon's head.
If you aren't using a mast with a flat end (like a pencil or a chopstick) you can wrap the end in tape, and once it's thick enough you can cut out the slots.
I like to start off by making holes at the corners and a few more on each side of the viking ship's hull.
I knew I was going to shape the cake inwards where the boat touches the sea, so it worked out perfectly.
Off cuts taste great, especially when you are decorating a cake late at night!) The cake here is upside down  to make the shaping easier. But the peg leg wasn’t happy about being made to stand up so he was resting on a barrel of whisky. Use icing sugar to dust down your surface and try and colour the paste a day before you need it. I place it on my hands to melt it then knead and that makes the sugarpaste more malleable and less likely to crack once it’s been handled. Like the traditional ship in the bottle, the ship is first assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. Then glue all the discs together with strong (!) glue and finally glue in place on the boat. I reckon it would be a really good pinata for a birthday party if it was built a bit bigger with a weakened section – what do you think? After a couple of coats of stain, a selection of 'planks' are given extra coats to give individual coloring to enhance the planked affect.
The steel ballast is a compromise on the scale lines of the bottom of the hull but without the additional ballast the ship would have no chance of sailing and would turn over in the lightest of breeze due to the large amount of sail area.
Next, use the ruler to draw a straight line from point to point all the way around the carton. Add two or three first row layers, until you no longer see through to any printing on the carton. I was actually planning to have him hanging off the ship but he was too long, but I think this works so much better. See what you can find at home and amend our DIY Pirate Ship How to, to suite what you have at home! Near the middle I snipped the fabric, threaded through some string and with that tied the sail to the mast! I wrapped the red flag around the top and back of the skewer and also made sure that the top was wet so it would really stick in place. Or can you from your other experiences suggest an alternative brand fondant with better workability please? Best to cut your two side panels and the back, tape it all together and then to cut your base and desk to fit your boat.
I like to add two layers of tape for each taped row, ensuring that you will not see through to the printing on the milk carton.
I punched holes across the top of my sail and carefully tied it to a 5-inch skewer, also doing the same at the bottom. Your Vikings will definitely want to use these when they run out of wind while sailing the high seas of your living room.



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