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Ship-in-a-bottle
Yes, this is a real Lego ship, in a real, unaltered glass bottle.
About this creation

I had been planning on building this for several years. I finally decided I'd better build it already
before someone made another first. I planned out the design of the ship over the course of a couple weeks, taking it apart, and rebuilding many times. in the design process I wasn't too concerned about how difficult the model would be to build inside a bottle; I figured if anything came up, I'd find some way around it. The major concerns were: making it look realistic, using entirely pieces small enough to fit through the neck of the bottle (a 2x2 brick is too large), and keeping the whole model small enough to fit in a bottle.


Once I was satisfied with my design, I set about constructing it inside the bottle. I started using simply a bent coat hanger to manipulate pieces inside the bottle. My arsenal of tools later increased to a pair of chopsticks, which are extremely rigid and wouldn't bend when I needed to attach pieces sideways; and some support wires from

a lamp I own. Without a doubt, the masts were the hardest part to attach. They were difficult to hold, and when attached filled the entire height of the bottle. Many times I would have them almost attached, slip, and have to start over.





Under Construction:





Updates:
This won the Judges award at Brickworld 2010!
It will be on display again at brickworld 2011.
If you have a pair of Red/Cyan glasses, you can view this moc in 3D Here (7.5 MB).



Comments

 I like it 
  September 2, 2012
A creative & clever build! Your bottle has such a narrow neck too. Most impressive.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2012
I would need one MASSIVE bottle to make my Flaming Remnant a ship-in-a-bottle! Awesome hard work.
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  December 22, 2011
Amazing! I would have given up! Now how do you plan to get those parts out?
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  December 3, 2011
AMAZING!!! you are one patient guy!
  December 3, 2011
I just finished building my 4-wide Lamborghini built in a bottle. I have to admit the bottleneck of my bottle was wider, but now I understand how difficult that must have been for you! Thanks for the inspiration! :-))
 I like it 
  September 16, 2011
Just awesome! Congratulations for having the patience to build it...
 I like it 
  June 26, 2011
When I saw this at BW I didn't realize that this was your creation. Amazing!! I'm just reading now about how you accomplished this. Too cool.
 I like it 
  November 3, 2010
Unbelievable how you managed this! There were times when people assembled the tiny creator sets still in the bag - codswallop compared to this! Cheers, Jens
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Imagining the time and tedious effort it must have taken to accomplish this is astounding!
Jeremy Moody
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Manthan Dutta
  August 28, 2010
Really good.Very Creative idea Like it very much.
 I like it 
  June 23, 2010
Whoa. That's creative, right there! Would a 2x2 cylindrical brick fit?
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  June 23, 2010
Congrats on winning the Judges Award at Brickworld for your innovation!
 I like it 
  June 11, 2010
This is one of the most interesting ship design so far. Great work! I wonder if I find a bottle huge enough to fit for mine :-)
 I like it 
  June 11, 2010
how do you do that?
 I like it 
  June 10, 2010
looks very hard, nice job!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2010
amazing, this must have been hard to do!
 I like it 
  June 9, 2010
Wow, the detail you have achieved on this while making it in a bottle. incredible. tell me; how long did this take? great contribution to MOCpages. Jay
 I like it 
  June 9, 2010
Wow, the detail you have achieved on this while making it in a bottle. incredible. tell me; how long did this take? great contribution to MOCpages. Jay
 I like it 
  June 9, 2010
Wow, the detail you have achieved on this while making it in a bottle. incredible. tell me; how long did this take? great contribution to MOCpages. Jay
 I like it 
  June 8, 2010
WOW amazing are those capes as the sails thats a great idea!! :D
 I like it 
  June 8, 2010
Superb. Very original. You must have super-human patience.
 I like it 
  June 8, 2010
OMG you have my respect.This is amazing.I have never seen stuff like that before.5* for that great work!
 I like it 
  June 8, 2010
Words cannot describe the amazing feat that you have accomplished here. Bravo!
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
Simply amazing! This MOC is, IMHO, a great demonstration of your ingenuity, patience and dedication. Kudos to you!
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
I never thought it could be done.. especially in that bottle, I have the same one at home. but what do you know? Jeremy managed to do it. Well done.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
this is stunning! the fact that you built it inside the bottle just blows my mind.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
You have just won the admiration of a Waffle. Congratulations on a spectacular build.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Awesome - that's the only thing I can say.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
I always thought that was impossible. Great job!
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
Holy Ship! That's pretty awesome and impressive!
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
This creation is beyond awesome. I am quite impressed with the way you improvised tools to accomplish the build. Quite amazing. It is too bad 5 is the highest rating!
 I made it 
  June 2, 2010
Thanks to everyone who has left comments so far. I thought I'd reply to a few of them:
Quoting Dave and John Xandegar Have you thought of a name for the Ship?
No, I have no name for the ship as of yet, but I may come up with one at some point, especially if I ever try this again.
Quoting Gerry Lennox Bam! I'd be amazed if I could build anything at all after polishing off a whole bottle of Disaronno.
I don't think I could either, haha.
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe I'll abstain from guessing what you do in your professional life, but I have a specific idea... lol
I have absolutely no experience in traditional Ship-in-a-bottle making, if that's what you're getting at. I'm still a student, actually, in physics and mathematics.
Quoting Nick Barrett That must have given a few hours of frustration but it was well worth it.
More than a few, and I would take long breaks from building when it became more frustrating.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
First: absolutely spectacular concept and building technique. Second: even better choice in fine Italian desert liqueur.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
When I saw the first picture I thought it was a mocel you built using the CAD blender, the way the lighting and background is, but it is real! It is amazing, never seen a lego ship in a bottle before.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
Fantastic! Masterful!
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
Fantastic! That must have given a few hours of frustration but it was well worth it.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
Good idea. Good MOC. Fantastic project!!! IŽll abstain from guessing what you do in your professional life, but I have a specific idea... lol
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
Amazing, simply amazing!
 I like it 
  June 2, 2010
I look at you Lego builders and realise that I have absolutely no imagination... What a wonderfull Lego model. I love it. Congratulations
 I like it 
  June 1, 2010
Amazing, I look forward to seeing it in person!
 I like it 
  May 31, 2010
Genius!~H
 I like it 
  May 31, 2010
Cool creation Wow!! it shure took you lots of pacience but it was worth it
Jeremy Moody
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Dave and John Xandegar
  May 30, 2010
This is terrific, Jeremy! It's very refreshing, too. A great concept, challenge, and result! Have you thought of a name for the Ship? Looks like a little Caravelle...nice look with the guns and the coloring/stripe. All around excellent job!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
With that kind of patience youŽd have been a great Jedi apprentice! ;-) Impressive work, man!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Amazing. I have no such patience, but because of that fact, am even more amazed. This is spectacular!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
And I thought building a set in the bag was cool! This is just amazing! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have the patience to do this! Excellent work!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
A true piece of LEGO mastery.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Incredible! I've never seen anyone try this before. I can't imagine trying to build that in a bottle. Love it. -Drew
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Bam! I'd be amazed if I could build anything at all after polishing off a whole bottle of Disaronno.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Woah. That's awesome.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
amazing. 1000/5
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Very impressive. Great detail on the ship as well for such a small scale. -Sam
 I like it 
  May 30, 2010
Wow, what a great idea! And wonderfully and skillfully executed as well! Good day
 
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