Just finished with the Main Mast Shrouds. The after line are the Back Stays…
This is from Rigging Period Ship Models
I made this short video on YouTube on Rigging the Ratlines to the Shrouds.
On these Fore Topmast Shrouds, I put the smaller Deadeyes in with the anchor through the side of the Top. I had to put some Superglue on them to hold them tight.
I use a Clove Hitch with several loops. Then I fix the knot with Superglue. I found that Superglue works pretty good for this work… Although be careful not to bend it else it will break.
What I do is to tie a Clove hitch around a loop, then I pull it tight and cinch the knot.
After a bit of a break, I’m back to working on the Mizzen Mast Ratlines. I was holding off on it until I finished the rigging for the Spanker.
Here I have the first 2 sets done…
I had a couple of do overs… When I mistakenly looped the last Shroud under the Gaff Boom Stay. And also I used a Square Knot around the Mast so I couldn’t get it adequately tight enough so I had to take it all apart and I used a simple loop which worked nicely to be tightened on both sides.
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… 🤔🙄🧐
Continuing on with the Foremast Shrouds… I’m getting into a rhythm with these things.
Here’s the 2nd and 3rd Pairs done.