Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 10: Rigging Preparations

HSPMS member Clare Hess is back to the build of his Dana Fishing Boat kit from Billing Boats, finishing up some details in preparation for rigging the model.

As a reminder, this is an entry level Billing Boats kit that sells for under $80. It features a vaccu-formed plastic hull, wooden deck planking, masts and spars, and fittings in wood, brass, and plastic.

Clare has been making some fairly simple modifications to it, but has mostly built the kit “out of the box”, using the provided materials and fittings.

Ship Modeler

Before I continue on with the rigging of the model, there is one more construction assembly to address. The railings on the Dana are made of brass wire, threaded through a hole in each of the brass stanchions. As I mentioned earlier, I painted the stanchions white, but I’m thinking to leave the rail itself bright brass. I haven’t made up my mind on this one. It’s probably easiest to paint them all white, and might be more accurate. Certainly, that’s what the kit instructions seem to show, and it looks good on the box art.

Now, it might be too early to install the rails just yet, as they may get in the way a bit while adding the shrouds and all. I could actually assemble the rails, getting everything bent to shape and all, and leave the final installation until later. However, I’m anxious to make some progress on…

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