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Jake R30 Nov 2018 2:20 p.m. PST

Hey everyone,

I love the look of GHQ's 1/1200 line of Napoleonic ships.. yet they all possess an obvious lack of the spritsail yard and dolphin striker on their bowsprits. I've seen some pictures here and on blogs (particularly Mr. Jwhite's beautiful models) of people who've scratchbuilt them onto the model.

Those who do what material do you use? Are there any tutorials floating out there?


Stew art Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

Vol's sailing blog has several How to's on it, and I know he makes his own masts and sails and such, so maybe something will be useful there. I don't have the web address handy but it's called "A Miniature's Hobby room."

Having said that, I think the Langton Masts and sails/ bowsprits do have those features..


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2018 3:58 p.m. PST
jowady01 Dec 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

I believe that most of MrJWhite's are Langton miniatures. GHQ offers only Battle Sails and Full sails sets while Langton offers an extensive set of sail settings.

Timmo uk01 Dec 2018 10:36 a.m. PST

Langton do furled sails on a yard that you can add to your models. Brass rod is easy to work so you can make a dolphin striker. It does however need to be degreased properly before you prime it.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

I've just used wire to make bare spritsail spars in the past. These days I find florist's wire requires the least messing about, since it comes in straight lengths and is softer metal (about like brass or copper). Brass and copper are easy to cut, bend and file, but I've only been able to find them spooled, so there's always an extra step in a spar-making project to make each piece straight.

I have a zillion of the Langton furled sails for various projects (available on the Napoleonic period page), and some of those will work. However, many have sails only partially furled, and the pack includes spars in various sizes, so many don't look appropriate for a spritsail. If you're planning to make a lot more furled sails on other ships, a few packs of these might be a good idea.

You could also just replace your sail sets with Langton sail sets. Langton sail sets look amazing, and even help crappy hull castings look 100% better.

- Ix

whitejamest01 Dec 2018 8:54 p.m. PST

Jake, thank you for the kind words about the models. Yes, the lack of spritsail yard and dolphin striker are weird omissions on the GHQ models. Also the metal is a little softer (part of how they get such incredible detail in their castings) and I find it more problematic in the bowsprits than I do in the masts, which are a little thicker.

I scratch build the bowsprit out of two different sizes of brass rod, first gluing them together with super glue and then reinforcing with nylon thread tied around the joint. The spritsail yard and dolphin striker are likewise just lengths of thin brass wire, held on with super glue. The brass is much, much stronger than the white metal, and makes rigging easier.

Vol's page is far better than mine for tutorials. Here's a good one about how he scratch builds masts:

SgtPrylo04 Dec 2018 10:56 a.m. PST


You can find the Langton sails sets (in the US) at Jeff there is a great guy and very helpful.

Ok full disclosure: that's me. Seriously, Langton offers sail settings in white metal and in brass, although the masts and bowsprit are in white metal for both. You can buy the sail sets separately from the hulls, so you can set up your ships any way you want. Depending on the class of ship, there are up to 5 different settings from At Anchor to Easy Sail in the white metal; get the brass sails and you add studding sails, All Plain Sail, and Full Sail.

Just follow the drop downs under 'Product Categories' to get to them. Or you go to the Langton site and order direct from them. Although Carol will probably refer you to me just to save you shipping costs (since you're in the US)

There is a known issue affecting some people at checkout (not recognizing shipping address), so if you get that, just send me an email:

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