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JAFD2628 Mar 2017 1:24 p.m. PST









Salutations, gentlefolk !

Was randomly surfyng, ran across the site, downloaded the 'sample' 64-gun SoL 'kit', thot to myself "I ain't never made a full-rigged sailing ship out of cardboard before. Why not try it ? You're retired, got the time, might learn something…"

So, after relegating the first two completed hulls for 'Viking funerals', here be some pictures of HNJMS Endeavor.

Further post with photos on building more ships of her class coming Real Soon Now. Until then…


With the 'PDF-Xchange Viewer' from, you can cut, paste, and print four or five hull pieces on one sheet of cardstock. Not so much a hit to morale when you can say "Ahhh, messed that up, let's just toss it, on to the next…"

Print a plain-paper test sheet to check printer settings. This model is actually about 1/800

Good sharp blade for hobby knife (if your father didn't tell you that when you were 9…)

A pair (or three or four) of cross-clamp tweezers with curved ends (useful for many things in life, absolutely essential for rigging)

Good wire-cutting pliers for making the masts (Might be easier if more expensive to use brass wire and solder masts and yards together)

Score the reverse sides of the folds well but Don't Cut Through. If you do, toss that piece.

My mistakes.

Had mentioned this to friend of mine, who answered "Sailing ship models of cardboard ???". So wanted to get this finished, take to Cold Wars and 'prove the concept'. If I'd taken more time, would've
added jib and foresail
different thread for rigging and 'billowed out' the sails (would have taken more time, too, but need more practice, as well, to do better job)
supports for sagging spar deck

Well, mateys, your criticisms and advice and tips are invited. Would certainly advise anyone with an interest in the era to download the PDF and try your hand at building her.

Ragbones28 Mar 2017 7:19 p.m. PST

Very nice! thumbs up

Who asked this joker29 Mar 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

Nicely done!

Did you do the rigging stiffened with glue or did you just do loose thread. There is a tutorial on how to do the glue thing on the War Artizan website if you didn't. Requires more prep but seems to be pretty easy to apply to the ship since you are just gluing sticks at that point.

JAFD2629 Mar 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

Plan to try the War Artisan 'stiffened pieces' in the future, wasn't sure if the masts would need the 'bracing' of continuous rigging threads.

Thanks muchly for the compliments!

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