HMS Glowworm

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by barry, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. barry

    barry Active Member

    HMS Glowworm rigging

    Rigged with silk thread looks ok in daylight looks hairy with flash I'll get it right one day hopefully.






  2. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Excellent Job Barry!

    Do you find that silk threads are thinner than the cotton or synthetic fiber ones? Good looking build.

    I can't wait to see your next project.
  3. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Wotcher, bazzer!:)

    Looks more than alright, mate...downright splendid!

    Great job on the rigging...and the rest of the build.

    @eibwarrior: I tend to use fly tying silk for most of the rigging I do in the smaller scale I work in, and I fell it's a lot better to use than cotton or synthetic fiber...there is no fluff as in cotton and available in very small diameters, which is fine for my stuff.

    One way to lessen the fluff on cotton is to run it through some wax (bees wax is the prefered wax for shipmodeling), and run the waxed thread through your fingers to work it into the thread...the friction heat melts the wax enough to penetrate and hold the fibers down.

    Synthetic blends are better than plain cotton because they are slightly waxed or coated already, so less fluff...I would still wax them slightly to reduce the fluff even more.

    Looking forward to the next one, bazzer!:wink:

  4. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Thanks Jim...

    I've struggled with realistic looking rigging at small scales. I have a 1/700 Fletcher that has some monofilament fishing line for rigging. It looks too big. It was the lightest weight line I could find (2 pound test). Still too big.

    The wax is a good idea. Threads tend to be best for scale, but the fuzz has always been a problem.
  5. barry

    barry Active Member


    Hi All

    For 1/700th models and if you have good eyesight the next time your friendly female companion ladders her tights pinch them and pull the threads size is spot on but you need good eyesight again it's fluffy. Jim Bauman has a great article on rigging at

    Looking around card models Christoph does it best using stretched sprue something else I can't do. Never have got the rigging right. This time I tried for ages with monofilament but could not get the stuff to stick in spite of good quality superglue and sanding the ends.

    Thanks for the kind comments anyway lads



    ps this ship is not really finished but the last parts are so tiny I decide to do them on good days only.

    pps next is finish Starling then Norfolk and I must build DNs Arizona
  6. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Barry and Jim,

    I just found something last night at Wal-Mart that I'm going to give a try for 1/700 scale rigging. It's thin, semi-transparent, nylon thread. It's .005" thick which is perfect for this small scale stuff. It doesn't appear to have any fuzz that I can see and it appears to be almost like a monofilament thread.

    I'll let you know what I run into using it.
  7. Texman

    Texman Guest

    I have been using the .005 nylon thread for rigging for awhile now on my kits. It works perfect for my 1/144 planes. It does glue well (have had better success with gel type superglue) but pva does work also. It has a small amount of stretchability, so you can tighten it well. And, a soldering iron
    will tighten up any loose areas you might have. It has worked well for me.

  8. CRS

    CRS New Member

    try to use fishing line to make all lines, but for rails tiny copper wire is better (i use 0.35mm for posts and 0.18mm for rails), fishing line is not so "fuzzy"

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