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I do not use glue when I install the masts or spars.  There really is no reason to.  Yes, if you broke one, it would be one less problem to get around.  Except for the lower yards, everything was able to be taken down at sea.  You really don't need to glue anything as the rigging will hold everything together.  Regarding the lower masts; I install wedges to keep them relatively tight at the deck.  In full scale, there are also wedges where the mast passes through the deck.  This allows me to adjust mast rake as I rip.

 

Tom

 

 

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While I understand the reasons given for leaving masts unglued, my personal preference is to glue them in place. I would rather have the stability of a permanently mounted mast. Proper tensioning of rigging is difficult enough without having to worry about the mast moving about.

 

Bob

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My masts are not glued. They are inserted into a previously installed brass tube where the i.d. is slightly larger than the o.d. of the mast. All as per the C. Nepean Longridge method. 

The brass tube is held into place by the correct diameter hole in the deck and a gentle tap into the keel.

For the amount of times a mast is placed into a model during construction, its perfectly placed every time, and it absolutely positively does not move.

 

Cheers

Martin

 

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Good Day Martin,

 

That is a great Idea.  I have Longridge's book, but it has been so long ago that I didn't remember that detail.  Thanks for sharing that.  I've placed and removed the masts several times, and I'm sure that I will be doing it several times before I rig shrouds etc.  The method that you use prevents enlarging the wood.

 

Best regards,

 

Tom

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