Rigging was adjusted and tape was used to apply tension to the lines. With the lines secured in this way, a drop of CA glue was used to hold each line in place, and the excess material was cut off.
At last everything is coming together. The first sail I attached was the jib. In the picture, you can also see how I pre-laid a number of rope coils around the masts. I hope that I can secure the lines from above in such a way that they appear to connect to the rope coils.
I made sails!
I was a bit disappointed with the loose stitching and wobbly edges of the kit-provided sails, and wondered if I could do better. In the picture below, the originals are above and my replacements are below.
I am almost ready to start the running rigging. I was very disappointed to find that the kit instructions basically say “We’re not going to tell you where each line goes, just look at the (completely inadequate) pictures.” With no outside help, I might have given up at this point.
Thankfully, user Trufo on Model Ship World has posted some detailed diagrams of how each line runs. After studying those diagrams at length, plus some help from the folks in the rigging forum, I have a plan for how to run each line. I am posting the plan in detail here, in case it is of value to future builders of this model.
Continue reading “Virginia 1819 build log – Part 22”
All the standing rigging was completed over the weekend. The necessary blocks and mast hoops were added to the bowsprit and masts, then the standing rigging lines were run.