HMS Beagle Model Ship Project
Week 24: Foremast and spars (Mar 28 - April 3, 2011)
Made the foremast from a 1/2 inch oak dowel, same as the main. Cut two oak mounting disks, drilling a hole through one, and again used two pins to help secure the mast to the bottom disk. Glued onto my last sail servo with pins as guides with the Marine Epoxy, then glued the servo to the deck. I'll need to get an extension for its wires to reach the receiver in the poop deck.
(We had our doggie visiter Spirit again. She still loves sleeping under the shipyard.)
Cut the mainmast and mizzenmast's six remaining spars from 5/16 and 1/4 inch oak dowels. Sanded a small recess into the middle of each and into the corresponding mast connection points. Glued the spars on with Super Glue. Then I triple wrapped string with wood glue around the connections to give it more strength and a little more of a "rigged" look. I'll wager there will be some spar repair work in my Beagle's future.
Attached a line between the foldable boom and the mizzenmast to keep it in place. Now I've got to figure out how to make and attach sails.