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Old 09-13-2018, 02:08 PM
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Rigging...

Hi @ all!

So here come some pictures from the rigging.

Rigging is in the easier papermodels such as for instance those from 'Maly Modelarz' not properly explained so if someone is not used to rig sail ships it is necessary to search the internet for the proper techniques.
I am learning a lot with the Mayflower and it is a basis for my future models. Also I did some research on the internet and the purchase of the wooden model kit of the russian brigantine Phoenix gives some interesting insights to proper rigging of square sail ships.
Of course the plans I have for the mayflower are good. So...

Material and methods

-threads, bocks, plans...

First I had to check the plans. They are really good with stating all the ropes with their proper names and by number (pic.1). The number then I have translated to the rigging plan to learn which rope is which... (pic.2 & 3) Then I used the approach of rigging from stem to stern, beginning with the bowsprit.

First I prepare all the blocks needed and attach them to the mast, before I glue the mast in place. Otherwise it is quite a struggle to attache them to the mast, once it is glued in place. this happened to me with two of the blocks (the ones for the uphaul) for the fore mast, as I struggled to figure out, where they are attached to (pic. 4)??
After a bit of research I came up with the solution as presented in pic. 5 and 6. Pic. 6 also shows how the shrouds (five on each side of the mast) are attached to the mast and after they are done, I attach the forestay (thick line going from the fore mast to the bowsprit). After that I started with the ratlines and am still going on with them as indicated in the plans (pic. 7).

The last pictures (pic. 8 to 13) show the result thus far on the model.

Ratlines are quite a challenge as they can change - stretch or compress - the distance between the individual shrouds if the knot is put wrongly.

All together a nice learning experience and progress is a bit slow, but steady...

Rgds,
Radek
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:17 PM
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Some progress, congratulations!
Your solution to problems with rigging is perfectly correct. Blocks were fastened to stays and crosstrees. Think about the diameter of ropes - stays were the thickest ropes on sailships, ratlines were rather thin.
And try to get rid of these tiny hairs in the future. Perhaps beeswax or sparse wood glue?
I am waiting for further progress :-)))
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:25 PM
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It is always fascinating to watch the sail ship builders resolve the issues of rigging.
Nice work Radek.
Mike
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:00 AM
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Hi!

@ Seahorse: Thanks for the reassurance. Is there a common way as to which blocks are attached to which part of the crosstrees or was it rather a random thing differing from ship to ship (even in the same time period)?

And now I see how the ropes look almost same in diameter in the last pictures. But don't worry, they are not. The plan shows a thickness for a scale 1:50 so I halved it (approximately) by using for instance only the tiniest thread for the ratlines, a rope made from 3 threads for the shrouds and one made out of 4 threads for the stays. I marked the amount of threads for each rope in the plan (pic. 1) I attached some pictures, maybe the difference in the thickness is better visible on these ones?

And I've bought some beeswax today and will try to make some rope for the main mast shrouds and finish the other side of the ratlines for the fore mast.

@ Mike: Thanks for the interest in rigging! I read somewhere that once you rig one ship properly (which I've never done) then it is all the same for all the other ships. I'll put it to the test!

Oh, and although I try to keep the deadeyes straight, the difference in height adds a bit more realism to the Mayflower

-RdK
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