old sailing ships for beginner

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Tirta, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Tirta

    Tirta Member


    I would like to build my first sailing ship paper model.
    Do you have some suggestion which model the easiest one to build?

    I like old sailing ships with cannon.
    Please advice.

    Best regards,

  2. Darwin

    Darwin Member

    It doesn't have any cannons, but the Maly Modelarz Cutty Sark is not all that difficult a build. The old version left something to be desired in the way of printing and paper quality, but the parts fits were very good. I haven't gotten my hands on the most recent version (the reprint released a year or so ago), but I've read that the printing and paper quallity are vastly better, and has nice touches like sails printed both front and back.
  3. dimas Karabas

    dimas Karabas Member

    Yes, Catty Sark is of a good quility, however, for the begginer I would reccomend Wodnik. a Polish Wodnik would be easier to build and smaller in Size, it alos has double side printed sails and banners.
    I have a copy of one that I would like to exchange for WWII Plane.
  4. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    Hi Dimas,

    Wodnik looks good, but I hear that MM has fitting issues and the printing quality is not very good.

    How is your wodnik?
    Have you tried to build one?


  5. dimas Karabas

    dimas Karabas Member

    I used to make MM way long ago, about 15 years ago. And even at that time non of the ship models that I built had any problems.

    Currently all MM are done with 3D software and there are no fitting issues as far as I know.

    In addition, Wodnik is printed on a nice paper with amazing quility. The colors are bright and very rich!
  6. gchucky

    gchucky Member

    I remember seeing a old British galleon on a Russian site about a year ago. Don't remember the URL. It's not the Mary Rose but may be part of that web site. Looks like it had around a hundred parts.

  7. cadwal

    cadwal Member

  8. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    Hi Dimas,

    About MM Wodnik, does it include all the mast and sails? What material? Are they all from paper? Or wood (masts) and cloth (sails)?


  9. dk

    dk New Member

    Wodnik has sails printed on papers on both sides! masts are to be made from paper. But I usually did it all from wood. You can use pape and wrap it around suhi sticks or chopstics for masts.
    works fine!
  10. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    Chopstick for masts?
    What a good idea, but how do you make the diameter smaller?
  11. rickstef

    rickstef Guest

    use sand paper
  12. jleslie48

    jleslie48 Member

    shish ka-bob spears are thinner and a pack of 100 goes for $1 at the dollar store.

    of course printing a bunch of telephone poles right next to each other on thin paper and then rolling works nice too:

  13. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    a bunch of telephone poles ?
    I do not really understand this, could you post the picture?


    Best regards,


    of course printing a bunch of telephone poles right next to each other on thin paper and then rolling works nice too:
  14. jleslie48

    jleslie48 Member

    well I searched the internet for pictures of a telphone pole. I found this one:


    I trimed out the kitty, and the blue sky and took the telephone pole and duplicated it many times and made this image:


    it was too big for my scale so I reduced it to 25% of the orignal and put it on
    all four corners of a sheet of paper, flipping and mirroring the image to get things to line up right:


    now whenever I need a mast, I print out this image and roll the paper.

  15. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    Wow, that is very nice !!
    Thanks jleslie48, you must be a very experienced paper ship builder.

    How about the sail ?
    Do I use cloth or paper? which one is better?

    Best regards,

  16. jleslie48

    jleslie48 Member

    for the santa maria I printed cloth onto paper!!!

    I then mirrored the cloth, and dimmed the emblem by painting over it with
    paint shop pro so it looked like I was looking through the "cloth" at the front side when I laminated the two paper sails together. I watered down the glue a bit and purposely let it wringle to give it more of a cloth effect.
  17. Tirta

    Tirta Member

    >for the santa maria I printed cloth onto paper!!!
    You mean you print cloth pattern on to paper?

    So it is better to use cloth or paper ?
  18. jleslie48

    jleslie48 Member

    sorry for the confusion, I printed a cloth pattern onto paper.
    as a matter of fact, that model I did entiirely, in paper. even the rigging is paper.

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