How-to Articles

Items and information that may be of use or interest to a ship modeler



  • Gratings - on a miniature table saw
  • Ladders - also on a miniature table saw

Hull Construction:

  • Chain Plates - How to make them, an article by Keith Harrison
  • Copper sheathing - Copper sheathing a hull using self-adhesive copper tape
  • Framing - A Plank-on-Frame Technique - The Hahn Method
  • Making dowels - An article written by Keith Harrison
  • Treenails - An article written by Keith Harrison, based on a method described by Alexei Baranov.

(See below for 'Planking')


A task common to many models is planking. This could be either deck planking or hull planking, each having its own challenges and differing techniques.


Considering matters electrical? These articles might be of interest:

Power Supplies and Lighting


For your rigging, you can use the rope supplied in your kit, or buy it in various sizes and colours, However, if you want to make your own (or are just interested in how it's made), read this article:

  • Rope walks - The principles of rope making and how rope walks work 

One subject that usually crops up is the question of scale and scale conversions.

The following may help:


When rigging a sailing ship model, there are various sections of the standing rigging that were 'Served'.