Hi all, and welcome to the third part of how to build a ship for your all conquering world domineering war fleet. Since the last post, I've managed to get two ships ready and painted, one as HMS Sophie, another as French Brig Iena. So.... onto the next stage.
First we need the materials for the masts, rigging and sails.
- Bamboo skewers.
- Cocktail Sticks.
- Sewing Thread, mine is chestnut colour, but any colour will do...well maybe not any colour pink might be odd for a warship but, if you like pink, then why not :)
- Some paper, this will be cut into thin strips.
- Some card, again we will need thin strips.
- Thin textured card for the sails.
|Some of the materials needed.|
|Cut out a notch to fix too.|
|Here's some I made earlier!|
|Masts ready to attach to ship hulls.|
For the mast stays, cut three lengths of thread, about 6 inches long, bunch together and tie around the mast, just above the first sail position. You should have equal lengths on both sides.
|Thread around mast.|
|Stays on main mast.|
|Both ships with stays complete.|
I found some nice textured card at a local art shop, 29p for A4 size, will get around 3 ships out of one sheet.
As I haven't given you any dimensions of masts, sail, spars, etc, this is just a general guide, I'll just say, cut the sails to the required size. Remember to cut them a few mm longer and curve the card, for a billowing look. Glue to the spars with PVA glue, these will have to be held in place to dry. I use a couple of pegs that come from a Christmas gift wrapping set.
|Half way with the sails.|
|His Majesty's Ship Sophie and the French Brig Iena slug it out!|
|French Brig Iena|
Edit: Forgot to mention all in all the cost of each ship in materials is less than a £1