by Paul Pelon
(Meredith NH, USA)

Hi. I thought I would send along this idea. I use emptied Parmesan Cheese containers that you can get at most stores.
(see picture) I find they are very handy for holding various items. I use the 3 ounce size for rigging thread and it can be run up through 3 holds in the top of the container.

I have been modeling for many years, on and off, but on again now. At one time I thought I would have an HO scale layout but have never had the room for it. I have shelves full of rolling stock and buildings.

Since 1998 I have go back to ship models and have 4 in the works.I find that at age 75 it keeps me about of trouble and off the streets. The attachment is safe to

Paul Pelon
Meredith NH

SMH Responds Paul, even though at 73, I am, to a great deal your junior, we do have a lot in common--you're in Meredith, I'm in Nashua. I recently came off an N scale layout and have been scratch building HO dioramas. I find for apartment living they tend to take up too much room. I am reverting to a couple kits I have on hand.

I still have one scratch build I want to finish, Noah's Ark in N Scale. 300 cubits in length which translates to 27 inches in length. Keeps me out of the bars.

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Sep 25, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Many plastic ship models come with plastic / vacu-form sails. These plastic sails can be used for creating very realistic sails from paper.

By wetting ordinary copy paper until it is very moist - not sopping wet, just moist, you can them press the paper to the plastic sails in your kit, using a pop-sickle /rounded stick to press the wet paper into the form of the sails. Then simply dilute White Glue - I use Elmer's - tro a runny / thin consistency with water, and brush this thinned glue over the PAPER, allow to thoroughly dry completely - then trim the sail's edges, and the paper sail will pop right off, with the creases/form of the plastic sail. The paper looks very much like real sails, as paper is made of linen-like stuff. You can also use 'art paper' that comes in all kinds of 'pirate' and 'nautical' prints that you find at craft stores... as well as use colored pencils to color your own stripes and such. I took a gold - foil wrap from a Hersey's Kiss, used silver paint to paint a 'monogram', and then pasted this small medallion on the foresail - nice touch... also, there are all kinds of FLAGS on the internet - just scale them/reduce them - print them out - and go nuts with semaphore/signal and all kinds of 'pirate' flags, men-of-war, pennants ... paper, glue - pop-sickle sticks - works wonders ... and then there's the

rigging ...inside - out - fore -to- aft. Use heavy black button thread for the stays - use tan colored for the sail-lines- white for 'trim'/small stuff can also use stretched sprue for 'stiff' lines, cables - but that is it's own art - stretched sprue - there are all kinds of tutorials on the 'net [pardon the pun] about stretching sprue ... - don't go crazy over-doing it - simple is best - have a clamp/stand to hold the ship so both hands are free and the model is secured while you tie tiny knots ..- take your time - do research... look at pictures of real ships..take your time not give up - have sharp knife, tweezers, scissors - toothpick for drops of white glue to secure things - those little plastic rings are for 'blocks' - ganging lines can always add more lines later - and they now have all kinds of 'netting' at hobby stores - and fabric shops - wedding tic - get both the hexagonal and square netting - roll it up, tie it off with thread - pretend you know what you are doing - know else does?

Oh, yeah - get some cheap-o chain in various sizes at the fabric store - or old junk jewelry ... get the plain link stuff - paint it white, black - or get fancy and leave it gold and silver - steel ... get some fine chain... trust me on this ... chain is old stuff - Viking ships had iron anchors, bands, rivets and CHAINS.


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Nov 17, 2011
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by: Paul

TP: Anonymous. I would lke to reply to your comment. send me you email address at nhsam@metrocast and I'll be happy to help.

Nov 17, 2011
Modeling: Natural Cure For Brain Freeze
by: Anonymous

Rigging thread? What is 'rigging thread' and where do you get it? I'm trying to finish a plastic ship model by The Lindberg Line : The Cap'n Kidd /Wappen Von Hamburger in 1/130 scale for my girl. It's in the way of a bunch of planes and trucks I want to build, but I'm honing my skills on my first 'ship model' [not my first ship.....]. My eventual goal is a 1/72 - "HO" [what ever scale HO truly is...] diorama of a switching yard that I have a little engine, some track , cars, and parts saved for later. Despite my impatience, it's coming along well - some fit issues, but the detail painting and overall build is coming out fine. I've never rigged a ship 'model' before, and have been looking at all sorts of pics and diagrams of fully rigged galleons, getting tips from Raul Guzman at Guzman models and Donnie Driskell at 'Ships of Scale'. I'm still intimidated by the rigging - how to tighten it up, how to NOT overdo it in such small 1/130 scale. I've got some basics , like:

o using a candle to wax the thread
o a block of styrofoam to stick the masts in for assembly and preliminary rigging
o work inside -out, fore -to- aft

But I've got all these itty bitty round plastic rings for 'blocks' I have no idea where they go, there are pins and posts on the rails to tie off , but what lines go where? What are the capstans for? Did they use anchor chain in the 18th century or rope? [chain I hope?] and what about 'loose cannons - how were they ganged up? Where /how to make little swabs, buckets and other nautical gear or just build the kit out of the box - and what about scratch-built sails from tissue paper - any hints on that?

Wooden ships and iron men - I like the sky pilots, by the time I finish this ship for the girl, my pilot model airplane skills will be much better, but 'til then I'm a bit under the weather decks ... ? Any ship tips will be appreciated. Have cutters, will paint for money.

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