Fitzcarraldo in a Bottle


I had a great idea. I’m going to create a model of the ship from Werner Herzog’s film, Fitzcarraldo, in a bottle filled with dirt.

Ships in bottles are such fascinating objects and I was really charmed by this exquisite recreation of a scene from Jaws in a bottle. Myself, I’ve never made a real ship in a bottle before, aside from this little toy. So I started by searching for a reasonable hobby kit facsimile of Fitz’s ship, but the closest I could find were paddle wheel steamboats. They might be adequate, with some modifications, but it would be more fun to have a one-of-a-kind model. So I’m thinking of creating a 3D model and ordering a plastic print from Shapeways. I could even have it printed in separate parts or bifurcate the hull or do whatever I have to do to get it inside the bottle for assembly. I’m considering one of those bulbous wine jugs so that I can make a steep dirt hill inside.

fitz doodle

Afternoon Update: I made a rough 3D model. It has to be pretty chunky if I order a small 3D print, because the miniscule details like the handrails would be too fragile for the manufacturing process, so I might just add the tiny bits to the physical model with toothpicks or something like that. But I haven’t considered the disassemble-reassemble-in-a-bottle factor. Even if I cut the hull into 2 or 3 main segments, the model will only be 3 or 4 inches long. So anyway, what did you do today?


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