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Essential Tools Required For Ship Building
« on: November 15, 2016, 22:54:35 »
Making your own wooden model ship is one of the most creative hobbies. It requires a lot of skill and creativity to make a wooden model ship. It looks similar to the real ship but is only small in size.

There are many wooden ship kits available in the market . It is just that, you need to find the one as per your liking and skill level. You need to remember that making ship models is a wonderful task but it is not that easy.

To build a wooden ship, you need some tools.  Firstly, you need a small carving knife to cut and shape the hull and deck. In many wooden ship kits, pieces are pre-cut and shaped. So, you donít need a carving knife for building those ship kits.


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Re: Essential Tools Required For Ship Building
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 09:07:25 »
Hello Andrew and Welcome to the Forum.

Most of the tugboat builders here have built a sailing ship like in your pictures.
For myself, I built several models of the 1790s "Dutch Merchant" sailing ship.
"Treasure Island" hooked me from the 40s.

The tugboat for ships of those days were it's "long boats". Ten or so crew would
man the oars and tug the ship into the dock. I didn't see any long boats on the
decks of the models. . .

The tools for working on today's models are many and today's tools abound from
retailers for the tasks at hand. Tools and tugboats just go together for sure.

Are you working on building a tugboat Andrew and if so, share some pictures
of how it is progressing.

Good to see you here,

Yet another case of why men and women go down to the sea in ships. . .A pleasure to be here and smell the salt air. Thank you Tugboat Forum. . .Michael in Anacortes, Washington


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Re: Essential Tools Required For Ship Building
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 13:33:32 »
Personally, I couldn't get by without my Dremel.



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Re: Essential Tools Required For Ship Building
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2016, 16:50:17 »
Same here - have one old plug in model - must be almost 50 years old plus a couple of cordless ones - saves changing bits when cleaning up windows, etc.
Small vice, small clamps and some weights all help. Also have a small piece of brass 1 inch square - use it when gluing up square corners.