Preparing the Masts

UPDATE: I have found that the kit does not show in any detail what each piece is.

Here is a PDF on Components for the kit, with a big thank you to Lloyd Matthews for producing this for us all to use.

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Derk Dathe
has some advise for us all as he has found two "hiccups" in the plans:

I do not know how far you have advanced but I would like to draw your attention to two little hiccups.

1) The main mast bibs on plan 8 are actually marked as 95 when it should be 96.

2) The bowsprit cap is supposed to be filed to the proper angle. However the pre-cut holes for bowsprit and jib boom are at 90 degrées and cannot be properly modified. Also the whole piece is not long enough to do a proper angle. I resolved the problem by making a new piece.

Thanks Derk.



The make up of all three mast sets is almost identical therefore only a detailed make up of the Foremast assembly will be given.

1 – Mark onto the mast the positions of the cheeks (89) and bibbs (95)

2 – File the ‘head’ of the lower mast square to the dimensions shown. The top should be filed square down to the bibb and cheek top edge positions.

3 – Plan and file the area of the mast that the cheeks will be fixed to. File until the cheeks fit flat onto each side of the mast. Fit the cheeks into position, taking great care to ensure that both top edges are at exactly the same height – this in turn will insure that the trestletrees will sit correctly.

4 – File or turn the top of the mast so that it is 5mm in diameter and 5mm deep, for the mast cap to slot into.

5 – Assemble the lower top assembly (including the lower crosstrees and trestletrees) as shown on the drawings. Once complete, it is advisable to drill and insert all eyelets for the assembly before fixing the tops in place on the mast.

6 – Slot and glue the completed top assembly into position so that the trestletrees (76) rest on the top edge of both the bibbs and cheeks. It is very important to make sure the top is angled correctly in relation to the mast at this stage. Adjust the top assembly if required before the glue has set, using the drawing for reference.

7 – Add the lower shroud bolsters and the tie-cleats as shown.

8 – Mark onto the lower mast the positions of the mast rope wooldings

9 – Apply the mast woolding as described and shown on the drawings to their respective marked positions on the mast.

10 – Make the fore topmast as shown on the drawings. Once it has been turned to all of the correct diameters and shapes shown, it is very important to slot the lower mast cap (48) into the fore topmast at this stage.

11 – With the lower mast cap already slotted through the topmast, the lower square section can now be made up. First, file the square section area so that all four sides are the same. Using scrap wood strip, clad the square section so that all four sides are built up to the dimensions shown in the drawing.

12 – Drill out and insert the ‘fid’, as shown clearly on the drawings.

13 – Make up the topmast crosstree (142) and trestletree (143) assembly as shown. When complete, slot and glue the assembly in place over and into the topmast head. The lower edge of the trestletrees should rest on the top edge of the topmast hounds, as shown.
As with the lower top, ensure the assembly is sitting in the correct position and at the correct angle in relation to the topmast. If not, adjust accordingly before the glue has cured.

14 – Make up the topmast head sheave assembly as directed on the drawings. Add the topmast bolsters as shown.

15 – Make up the fore topgallant mast to the dimensions and diameters shown on the drawings.

16 – As with the lower mast cap, slot the topmast cap into the fore topgallant mast before cladding the bottom square section using 4x1mm wood strip and adding the fid, as shown.

17 – Carefully insert and glue the mast sections into their respective mast caps. The ‘fid’ should ensure that each mast will rest at their correct positions.

18 – Paint the lower tops and upper crosstrees and trestletrees black For the lower mast, paint the area in-between the bottom of the bibbs up to the lower mast cap black. For the topmast, paint the area in-between the lower end of the topmast hounds up to the topmast cap black. The hounds (conical shaped area) on the topgallant mast should also be painted black. The non painted areas of the masts should be stained with a dark/walnut wood dye and then finished using a matt polyurethane clear varnish.

19 – Finish off the mast assemblies by tying on all blocks/deadeyes which fit directly onto the masts. If you are to fit sails to the models, add the extra blocks for the sails as indicated on the plans. If you plan to leave off the sails (recommended) do not tie on the extra blocks.

Chris Watton ©

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