rodgerdodger Posted May 17, 2014 Share #1 Posted May 17, 2014 (edited) Setting Flags My young granddaughter was looking at a model that I had recently completed. She pointed to the flags and said in a very sweet voice “Grandpa – the flags are pointing in the wrong direction”. It made me think as to why I had set the flags in the way I had and what was the correct solution. I can’t find any comment on this matter in MSW so I thought I would get the discussion going. The flags on my model were pointing to the bow of the ship and in her mind they should be pointing to the stern. Her reasoning was that when she went riding on her scooter her hair was blown behind and not in front of her face. So in her mind if a ship is heading forward in the open sea the wind would blow the flags backwards. I tried to explain that even under full sail the wind is blowing faster than the speed of the ship moving through the water. As the wind is blowing from the rear of the ship then the flags would be pointing forward. From this I conclude that when model ships are fully rigged, with sails, the flags should be set pointing to the bow. Especially so when the sails on the model are bellowed. (Since this photo was taken I have worked on the flags so that they don’t look so new and drape a little more naturally. However they still point to the bow.) However when a ship is moored at anchor, with no sails set, the flags should be set pointing to the stern. This is based on the fact that the ship will set with the bow pointing into the wind (assuming the wind is blowing). So my conclusion is that any model ship that is not rigged with sails should have the flags set pointing to the stern of the ship. When a ship is moored at a wharf then the flags could fly in any direction – wherever the wind might be coming from. So you have to decide whether your ship model is moored at anchor or dockside and set the flags accordingly! Flags do add a bit of colour and interest to models but I suspect that flags would not be hoisted when under full sale and not when moored even except in special situations. I would appreciate any comment from someone with more nautical knowledge than I have on this. PS I am going to have to revisit a couple of models and reset the flags that don’t comply with the above, dammit. Plus I hope my granddaughter doesn’t have any more clever questions! Edited May 17, 2014 by rodgerdodger CaptainSteve 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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