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tizdaz

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what to use for mast!?
« on: July 11, 2022, 01:33:14 am »

Hi guys!


I'm not too sure what to use to make my mast for my 1/12 tid, the base is around 12mm & the top is slightly thinner (around 8mm) & is around 50cm in length, I'm thinking of using some 12mm wooden dowel from B&Q! and then sanding it to the desired shape, but i only have hand tools so this will be quite difficult to get the finish i want, but if need be this is what i will have to do!


Anyone have any other suggestions please :) ?
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2022, 02:53:38 am »

I may depend on the length, maybe a large artist's paint brush?  :-)

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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2022, 03:49:19 am »

Geat idea but too short, id need one 50cm long!
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2022, 04:27:02 am »

Havenít you got handheld power drilll? Just run up a piece of dowel or hardwood in that.

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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2022, 09:29:31 am »

Broken fishing rod (Tackle shop junk bin) then cut out the section you need. :-))
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2022, 09:35:04 am »

In the distant past, before I had a power drill, I held a hand drill in a vice, and used that. Just turn the handle, wrap sandpaper around the dowel and turn, working the paper to get the taper. A few minutes and it was done. Cut the dowel over length because the drill will chew up the end and you'll need to cut that off when you've finished. If you have a razor plane, you can put a rough taper on the dowel first then get the final shape with the sandpaper, just don't take too much off with the plane.
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2022, 09:55:52 am »

Try your local fishing tackle shop, they sometimes have a bin for old or broken fibreglass or even carbon fibre rod sections that may be the size you want.Dave
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2022, 12:17:53 am »

great stuff, thanks guys some good suggestions, i never thought about using my powered drill to turn the piece of dowel  :-))
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Re: what to use for mast!?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2022, 05:53:59 am »

 A few sheets of 80 grit sand paper would have had you well on your way before any suggestion of a power drill. It just makes it easier and quicker!!!


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