Improving Basic Details – Wayward Blocks

Here’s a little building tip aimed at the beginning ship modeler. It’s all about getting your rigging blocks mounted the right way. Seems like it should be obvious, but maybe not for everyone.

Ship Modeler

This is really more for beginning ship modelers. Experienced ship modelers, and probably most beginners too already understand the way a standard rigging block works. It’s basically just a wooden block with a pulley, or sheave, inside a slot. There are different sizes and types, and there are single, double, and triple blocks, and just about ever wooden ship model needs at least some number of blocks.

Standard Amati single-sheave walnut blocks

There is one mistake I occasionally see regarding blocks. But, the thing is, after a modeler completes so much work on the hull, deck details, masts, and all, I really don’t want to point out the error. But, it’s such an obvious error that it detracts from the entire build. So, I figured I’d mention it here.

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