Building Displaying Sailing
Model Boats and Ships
So you want to build a sailing model
Find plans for a sailing model, buy or find on-line.
Join a model boat forum for advice.
Buy or borrow books on boat building.
Decide on type of planking and wood to be used to build the model.
Set aside a work space for building.
Review the bill of materials need to build the model and buy the materials.
Order deck and mast fittings.
Order mast (if you are buying the mast) and order sails (or sail material).
Choose the radio system, buy a sail control unit, Order keel bulb or get advice and discuss issues of building your own.
While the hull is under construction build:
Keel fin and ballast bulb
Make or assemble spars ( mast and booms)
Build cradle to hold boat under construction and when finished.
Test Radio System and sail control unit
After hull is planked:
Install keel trunk or make provisions for mounting keel.
Install radio and sail control unit, Then remove while construction continues.
Construct deck and hatches
Install/mount deck fittings
Test access to radio and sail control inside the hull.
Provide a exit guide for radio antenna so it can be attached to mast or stays.
Install power switch for turning off batteries
Test mount keel
Paint hull, rudder and keel
Assemble hull, rudder and keel
Set up mast and boom.
Install radio controls.
Check running rigging.
dry sail model