Method 4. A Joke?

Models made with the help of the method “A joke”

When you find out the secret of this method, you will exclaim “How easy!” But what is most surprising is that this method is hardly used in ship modeling, probably because of its simpl icity it is often neglected. The secret is really uncomplicated: the mast is installed not in the opening on the body, but in a shallow hole. Such an installation will allow you to move the base/bottom of the mast and then put it back when it is inside. As you already understood, the whole rigging is attached on the table outside the bottle. Then the base/bottom of the mast should be carefully moved and the mast is laid along the body. Now you can insert the model into the bottle. After fixing the model inside the bottle, all you will need to do is to install the masts in those shallow holes, and the model is ready! On the pictures you can see models made with the help of this method.

This example explains you why most of the time it is a sailing ship that is inserted into a bottle. A sailing vessel has a certain structure that allows stretched shrouds and stays not only hold the mast in place but also (in this particular case) set it in a vertical position. If we start moving the mast base, it will become vertical. At the end you can glue the mast to the body to make it stable (pic. 12)

Pict. 12. The mast is installed not in the opening on the body, but in a shallow hole.

This method may be perfectly used for working with such small models as schooner, brig, or brigantine. But if we take more complicated ship, we are going to face some problems (I already described them in the chapters above). When trying to fold the masts, the main obstacle you can face might be a way of putting the stays through the structure. Topmast stay or topgallant stay often prevent you from laying the masts along the side of a ship. But you can solve this by solving an engineer problem. A possible decision is to slidable mainstays. (pic. 13). Main topmast stays easily goes through an opening in the top of the foremast, and then after going through two loops in the bowsprit comes back to the foremast already as a mainstays. You can use this way to put any pieces of rigging through.

Pict. 13. Slidable mainstays.

You can also use combination of above described methods, for example, make one or two stays long (as in the first method) and put them through an opening on the bowsprit and then through the bottle neck.

Besides being simple, this method allows you to deal with only two or three threads instead of a whole pile of them.

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