A simple model boat, such as a sailboat, can be made using a model kit, and it is usually made using pieces of wood, sandpaper and sheet cork. The process involves measuring the boat's sections to scale, connecting the sections and decorating the boat. Power tools may be necessary.
Model ship kits include instructions and tools, such as wood, sandpaper or a sand block, a wooden stick and sheet cork. Follow these instructions to create a model sailboat.
Step 1: Saw the wood into the desired dimensions
Using a carpenter saw or bandsaw, saw the wood into desired dimensions to scale, such as 3/4 inches thick, 2 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches long. Smooth out the wood using sandpaper or sand block.
Step 2: Create the mast
Cut or saw a thin piece of wood 6 inches long. Drill a hole into the wood for the mast to go through.
Step 3: Create the sail
Cut sheet cork or heavy wrapping paper into a square. Use a hole punch to create holes in the sail for the mast.
Step 4: Waterproofing
To waterproof the boat, color the hull and the sail with crayon.
Other model boats, such as tugboats and freighters, can be made of plastic or other wood. Remote-controlled boats are a more advanced option for model ship builders. Carving designs into the wood can add intricate details to model ships.