Sailing Ships Mobile

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 08-12-2012 02:39 AM 1426 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a decorative mobile using small ship models made from soft woods. The sails are painted plastic glued to the ‘spars’, which are round toothpicks, except for the largest ship type which uses a slightly larger wooden dowel. The cross-bars are wooden dowels. Each model hangs on a tiny fishing swivel so they may turn easily, as do the cross bars. The mobile has a pleasing, slow action in the air currents from the ventilation system in our home, and is very much like ships sailing.

Like many of my projects I will probably give this to someone, or perhaps I will hang it in the corner of my home office. I am surprised at how much space (volume) this requires! it needs a ‘column’ of space about 36” in diameter by approximately 42” in height – almost the size of a refrigerator!

Here’s a little video in action:

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 12:04 PM

Looks very nice.

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 02:34 PM

Very nice. I’m not sure I would have the patience for the small detail such as the rigging lines… but that makes them more authentic looking.

As it is, I have a similar mobil hanging over my head… except they are more like sloop-rigged day sailers. At the opposite side of the room are the skiers with poles and skis. So, I am a bit partial to your mobiles.

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 02:59 PM

Ahh, you’ve struck close to my heart here Erik.
You have an eye for ships and it shows.
I’d just love to see them sail in their stately circles.
Just sweet.

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#4 posted 08-12-2012 03:02 PM

Actually Al,, there are very few rigging lines – mostly just enough to provide attachment points for the hanging lines. The only actual rigging is for the jib sails, and I glued the ‘sails’ to the rigging before I installed them. I made a little jig to hold the spars while I put the sails on them, then put each mast with their sails on the hulls as a unit. That instant crazy glue stuff is great!

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