I’m considering a couple of different configurations… In the end I’m going with the configuration that looks the coolest I guess
Preventer Stays – It is a large strong rope extending from the upper end of each mast and running down towards the deck of the vessel in a midships fore and aft direction. The shrouds serve a similar function but extend on each side of the mast and provide support in the athwartships direction.
I wish I had somebody to talk “Ship-Talk” with. Preferably an Old Timer who has been doing this awhile and who I can watch work.
Anyway… Lacking that… I do this blogging. I know… It’s not the same thing. But I also follow some really talented Model Makers in the Groups I belong to.
So, I’m looking at these Shrouds and I am beginning to suffer the “Modeler’s Regret”… You know… When you think that you should have done something a certain way???… I guess that’s the nature of it. I’m not going to redo it all. Definitely not. But I’ve seen guys who do it.
A prime example are the Seizing on Shrouds that wrap around the Deadeyes.
I started off like this…
I especially love the one all the way to the left. I wish they were all like that and uniform. Hmmm… 🤔🙄🧐
What I normally do for these is to first put the Distance Measuring Tool that I made.
I put the Deadeye on it, then I measure off where the Shroud bend around it. I then take it off and squeeze it so that a bend takes place in the Hemp line. That’s why I like Hemp for this work, because it holds a bend. The synthetic line won’t do that.
I then put the Deadeye in and I use a Clove Hitch and squeeze it as tight as I can up against the Deadeye.
Then, I loop it a few times towards the Deadeye and end it with a double half-hitch to close it off and lock it in place.
Then I use French Loops going down and finish it with a Double half-hitch. It ends up looking like this…
After that, I put a drop of PVA White Glue on it to fix it.