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Old 01-24-2011, 12:31 PM
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Tapered Yardarms

If you are a paper pureist then forget this but for those kits that don't provide yardarms like digital Navy, here is a suggestion.

Take a common cooking skewer and cut to length. Mark midpoint and insert in a power drill to the center and tighten, turn on. Take some rough sandpaper sandwich it between two pieces and begin sanding until the taper is what you want. Reverse and do the other side. Walla! a perfect yardarm. It is quick too. The skewers are strong enough to not break during the process. Dowels would also work but they can break when working with really small ones.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the great tip. I'm getting ready to do one of the Canon sailing ships (don't know which one, yet) and I'll give your idea a try.

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Old 01-24-2011, 03:05 PM
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:15 AM
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Good idea. I have a different method and it involves rolling paper into tubes as previously discussed here in the forum, but with a slight twist.
1. A strip of paper roughly more than the needed length of the yardarm and/or masts.
2. Cut a diagonal onto the paper.
3. Roll the paper as taut as you can. By this time you have spiral coming down the length of the tube. Not to worry though, it will be fixed by the next steps.
4. Unroll and do the reverse side starting from the short end.
5. Apply glue to the long side of the paper and roll it as taut as you can again. The taper will be decided by how much pressure you exert on the tube.
6. Paint with the appropriate color and cut to length.

If you want extra rigidity on the yardarm and/or masts, just insert a suitable wire inside the tube. Works for me, I hope this will be of help to anyone who wishes to use it.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:46 AM
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That's a good idea to try. I hate sanding those things by hand.
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