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Plastic ship paper sails.

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  • Member since
    November 2016
Plastic ship paper sails.
Posted by Unsinkable III on Friday, November 18, 2016 11:28 AM

Hello everyone.

first time poster, I have already been looking around on this subject. I never built a plastic ship so I purchased one and its a small scale but looks great except for the plastic sails. So I read I can use paper or silk pan instead since it is smaller, how would I go about making the paper or silk pan sails?

thanks for the help!


  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, November 25, 2016 11:53 AM

Hi Brad ;

  What scale is it ? The reason I ask is this .The tiny guys are harder to do this to . I usually take the sails and very carefully seperate them from the yards , Unless they are already separate.

      Then I take the sails and sand them smooth . You wouldn't see the panel and clews at this scale anyway ! Make sure the sails are glass smooth !

  Now , take a thinned version of Elmers or Aleens and coal the sail evenly and place a piece of silk-span or tissue on the sail and GENTLY stretch the paper to fit the sail shape . Now coat the whole sail with the same stuff .

 Let dry at least three or four days . Carefully remove the paper from the sail thusly. Separate one corner with an X-acto style knife . Gently blow in between the surfaces .It will eventually release giving you a semi soft sail that will keep it's shape under weathering and paint .  T.B.         P.S. if it gets out of shape before you paint or weather . Put it back on the plastic sail and spritz it with a wee bit of water .



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