Main Stay and Preventer Stay

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.

Here, I’m making the Loop by Seizing a Loop…

Loop with Seizing
3rd go round… Still no good
Main Stay in

Shrouds Progress

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…

Deadeyes on Fore Mast, which I started off on…
Deadeyes on Main Mast

I especially love the one all the way to the left. I wish they were all like that and uniform. Hmmm… 🤔🙄🧐

Main Mast Shrouds

Main Mast Shrouds New Strings

For whatever reason, I lost my .7mm Hemp line somewhere so I decided to try these Stroud’s with my new Griffin Synthetic Line that I bought from Model Expo.

At first, I was skeptical because I liked how the Hemp line bends and stays that way while the synthetic line doesn’t bend at all.

So… I had to change my technique.

First thing I did was to put a line around it to hold it while I’m getting the measurement with my spacing jig.

Clove Hitch holds it nice and tight

I used a Clove Hitch because I don’t have to redo it… I just keep tying French Loops until I get the desired Seizing.

I then use another String to Seize the Deadeye into place and use French Loops to tighten up on it… And on the bottom, just do a Half Hitch to hold it in place.

Then the top one, I pull down on it and add a couple more half hitches.

Superglue and PVA glue

I finish it a drop of PVA glue on the knots… Which are translucent and invisible. Then… I like to put a small drop on the black part between knots to hold it.

Nice and tight
I was quite proud of this one…
Pulling with Deadeye Jig… Then tying it off with a Clove Hitch
Starboard set of 3rd Pair

Listening to Mozart

Shrouds Deadeyes

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…

Notice the even diagonal of the French Loops

After that, I put a drop of PVA White Glue on it to fix it.

Second Band
Start with Stop Knot
Use Threader from Outside to In
French Loops