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I am a fan of modeling with "ghost sails", the practice of rigging a contrasting color "sail" that is just an outline of the sail, with connections to halyards, tacks and sheets. I guess it is for those of us that can't decide if we want to model sails or not. Clearly, it isn't "realistic", but for me that's OK.


I've been satisfied with this technique on models with fore-and-aft sails. But, I am currently doing a Baltimore Clipper at 5/32" equal one foot, and want to do the square sails on yards in a raised position. I have not been satisfied with ghost sails I've rigged as square sails.


I've been considering adding a little more substance to the sails on this model by making the sails of "cheesecloth" or gauze, to maintain some of the transparency of a ghost sail, while still giving a good impression of the sail area on this type vessel.


Has anyone tried this?

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Ok ... Call me Steve.


Here is a pic of what I was trying to describe for "Ghost sails". Just the sail outline in white thread.



I built a quick mock-up today to test the idea. I think with a bit more refinement, I may have an acceptable alternative to the outline method.



In my original post I was wondering if anyone else had tried this approach, and problems and solutions.


Comments welcome.

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What an interesting concept! I've not seen this tried before. In your mock-up I find the mesh of the material distracting, as opposed to your white thread outline. Have you looked in fabric stores for very fine nylon lawn material? It is translucent and had a very fine weave. I have some (for other purposes) in a pale neutral grey color.

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