FRENCH GUNBOAT – 18mm

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FRENCH GUNBOAT – 18mm
Laser Dream Works, LLC Presents
FRENCH GUNBOAT – 18mm
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
Matthew Green
06/19/2012
Greetings! First, I want to thank you for
purchasing this ship model and hope you
have as much fun assembling it and
incorporating it into your games as I had
designing it. With a little bit of effort, you
should have her afloat in no time. Before
beginning, take an inventory of your parts you
should have: this instruction book, a part list,
a tray of wooden ship parts, and a small
bundle of dowel rods. The tray of parts has
been coated with a sticky plastic to keep the
parts in place during shipping, but it is always
possible that something jarred loose in transit.
If an obvious hole exists, fish around in the
bottom of your box and find it now! You may
notice a few small scrap parts missing –
these are usually little circular holes in the
main part that fell out during the cutting
process - do not worry about these. We make
sure the actual parts are in the box before it
leaves our work shop. Once you have
determined that you have everything you
should, you are ready to begin.
STEP 1 – The Hull Start with [Part 1].
This will form the base and we will work our
way up. Using wood glue, glue [Part 2] on
the top of [Part 1] making sure that it is
centered. If you are having difficulty lining the parts up properly, you can put one or
both masts into place now, but be careful not
to get glue on them if you want to be able to
remove them later for storage. You should
see a terraced effect as hull expands out of
the waterline as shown to the right.
Repeat by gluing [Part3] on the top of
[Part 2]. Continue to build upwards with [Part
4] on [Part 3] and one final time with [Part 5]
and [Part 6]. Finally, glue the rudder [Part 6]
into the slot at the stern of [Part 1].
STEP 2: MASTS AND YARDS
With the Hull complete, it is time to turn to the masts and rigging. Slide [Part 8] down
over the main mast so that it is about an inches above the rails of the ship, then insert
the mast into the hole on the main deck. Next glue [Parts 9] into the holes of [Part 8]
and then insert the Gaff boom as shown in Figure 3. Next, slide [Part 7] down the main
mast about 1inches and insert and glue the spanker boom into place as shown in figure
4. Next put the foremast into the forward hole of the ship. Slide [Part 11] down about
half an inch down the forward mast. Next slide parts 10 onto the foreyard and center
them about 1 inch apart and centered on the yard as show in Figure 5. Connect the
yard to the mast by threading string or wire through the small holes on part 10 and hang
it over part 10 so that the ship is lateen rigged as shown in below
STEP 3: Rigging
Rigging your ship is
an optional step. For
our 18mm ships,
rigging can really get
in the way of moving
models around the
ship or for storage if
you plan on collapsing
the masts. If you are
using the ship more
for display than game
play, then we
recommend using
either 1mm thick
leather thread, waxed
thread or wire for the
best results. Before
you rig your ship, you
may want to finish any
painting you intend to
do. The rigging can
get in the way of
moving your brush
around. A very
simple rigging plan is
shown in photo to the right. Run a line from the bow of the ship up to the top of the
foremast, followed by the main mast, and then down to the gaff and spanker booms.
You are now ready to
“BEAT TO QUARTERS AND CLEAR FOR ACTION!”

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