How To Build Model Ship Gratings


Model Ship Gratings can pose a slight technical challenge for model ship builders. Master ship model builder Leon Griffiths provides his tips on fitting together model ship gratings.

Step 1

No glue at this stage. Using a flat base use four pieces of grating and form your outline.

Step 2

Add all of the pieces of the grating to one side. You can use free hand or modeling tweezers to construct the grating.

Step 3

Cover the model ship grating with another coaster or any flat material.

Step 4

Pick up your bundle and calmly turn over your two outer surfaces and your grating and with care replace it back on your work surface.

Step 5

Your grating is complete. At this stage you will be able to handle it with care.

Step 6

Align the treads with modeling tweezers – lightly moving the treads around until they meet.

Step 7

Using a shallow plate – add water and a good ten seconds’ squeeze of the PVA glue.

Step 8

Mix the two together well.

Step 9

Drop the grates into the mix.

Step 10

Make sure the wooden grates are submerged. Leave them soaking for five minutes.