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Attaching Gaff to Mizzen Mast

I attached the Gaff to the Mizzen Mast using some Brass Beads as Parrels.

Beads

I used both Black and Brass Beads just for kicks… I doubt it’s historically accurate but it doesn’t look too bad…

Parrels around back of Boom Jaws
Throat Halliard

Then I used the lifting blocks for the first stage of connecting to Mast. This is called Throat Halliard.

Lefting Block
Peak Halliard

This portion of the Rigging of the Gaff is called Peak Halliard.

Boom Jaw

Today I’ve been working on the Boom Jaws for the Spanker Boom.

The one that came with the kit didn’t look as authentic as the real ones so I made some out of some Walnut Stock I had.

Top ones provided with kit, bottom Boom Jaws I made from scratch
Attached to Boom

I use DAP Weldwood Cement and Super glue to attach it…

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