How To Step A Mast On a Model Ship

How To Step A Mast On a Model Ship
August 15, 2018

When building a model ship kit there can be a number of little elements that you question what best practice is. Here Master Modeler Leon Griffiths shows us his tips for stepping the masts.

1. This technique is displayed using a mocked-up tween deck section. When considering what glue to use for stepping the masts - I recommend using a two-part epoxy for gluing the mast to the deck.

 

Step 1- Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

2. Using a fine drill, drill a centre hole in the middle of the bottom of the mast. This small hole will take the gauge of a map pin. This will act as the anchor point to secure the mast to the deck.

 

Step 2 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

3. Glue in map pin with thin super glue and leave about 3mm of sharp pin protruding. Remove the ball at the end of the pin. This allows you to reposition with the blunt end in the wood with sharp end pointing out.

 

Step 3 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

Step 4 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

4. Load the base of the mast and pin with an amount of glue.

 

Step 5 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

Step 6 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

5. The pin determines where you want to install the mast and when convinced of its position, lightly push down and allow to dry.

 

Step 7 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

6. This mock-up shows the amount of glue that will support your mast.

 

Step 8 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

7. After you are happy with your placement, allow gravity to settle your glue.

 

Step 10 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

8. This is a photo through the main gangway of a Corel Endeavour shows a very good adhesion for your mast.

 

Step 10 - Stepping A Model Ship Mast - Modelers Central

 

This article was originally published by Sydney Model Shipbuilders Club. The copyright remains with the club and contributor.

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