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Fore Topmast Shrouds

First 2 Deadeyes

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.

Spacing Jig for Topmast Shrouds

Port side done
Starboard side done…

Mizzen Mast Shrouds

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…

Starting on Mizzen Mast Shrouds
Mizzen Mast Shrouds 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.

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

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

Foremast Shrouds

I’m using 1mm Black Hemp line for the Shrouds. I found that they need Pre-Stretching and unwinding so that they become straight.

Here, letting the line unwind naturally

Once the line is unwound and straight,bit makes a beautiful straight line.

Here’s the first one. The knot I used to secure the top is a Clove hitch with an extra locking loop.

Clove hitch with extra loops.
This is how it’s supposed to go on

So far, I have the Burton Pendants and the 1st pair Shrouds on the Starboard side.

Notice the Burton Pendants?…

I decided that the 1mm Line was too thick so I changed to .7mm Line. Which necessitated unwinding and stretching of the .7mm line.

I used a Clove Hitch with extra loops to tie it off.

I used PVA Glue to hold it in place
Using Spacing Tool
DeadEye Seizing

So… On the Deadeyes. I probably should make an entire Post on this subject. In the meantime, this his how the Seizing looks.

Bowsprit Shrouds

Putting in the 2 Bowsprit Shrouds. These are the ones that go sort of on the Trailboard, underneath the Cathead.

It’s to prevent lateral movement of the Bowsprit.

Port side Bowsprit Shroud in

I just used a couple of 3.5mm Bullseyes and I looped the .7mm Hemp line around it and Seized it with the usual Clove Hitch, French Loops with some Sewing String.

I ordered some Hearts but they haven’t arrived yet.

Port side Bowsprit Shroud
Starboard side Bowsprit Shroud
Here’s how it attaches to Hull
View from above… They came out even!