43 - Sails - Forming and Installing
Wooden Ships Modeling for Dummies
- 1 - Stainless Steel Wire
- 2 - Making Wind Blown Sails
- 3 - False Sheet and False Tackle
- 4 - Reef Lines and Reef Points
- 5 - Furled Square Sails
- 6 - Sequence for Installing the Sails
I always displayed the sails of my eight last models. The making of wind blown sails became more polished.
Today, considering the results, this technique seems to be good. I include in this chapter all the information related to shaping and applying the sails.
1. Stainless Steel Wire
- At the root of a sail display, there is a stainless steel wire placed into the hem of the foot.
- The wire used here has a gauge size of 20GA (1/2 mm in diameter). For a scale model 1:75 or 1:100, a wire of 21GA (thinner) will be better.
- After having cut the required length of the wire, the first step is to straighten it out.
- Do not use grips in order to straighten.
- Rather use your fingers: press your thumb on the section to straighten while holding the wire with your fore finger and middle finger.
- Once the wire (1) is positioned in the hem of the sail, the ends of the wire are folded into hooks (2).
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