I'm not a huge fan of furled sails in static models but only because they usually appear over-scale and bulky. However, it can be done, and to good effect. For example see http://www.shipmodel...ivoli/index.htm and the beautiful work of Dr. Mike. I've read somewhere that decreasing the canvas (model sail) size by 25% helps keep proportions correct.
Greg, I've just been blown away by Dr. Mike's work. Wow, is all I can say - it also goes a long way to show how the addition of furled sails really adds to the model. On the same note the A.L. Endeavour model is fantastic too.....
I might just take the bait when I get that far on my own model (if I ever do!)
Starting to go down the path of adding sails (furled or otherwise) does raise many additional questions though, such as :
1. I presume that there is no point in just adding furled sails to a model without the appropriate running rigging, leading on to the question - how to find out what running rigging is needed, what additional belays, blocks, cleats etc, etc. are needed, where to fix them on the model etc, (as they won't be shown on the plans if no sails are intended).
2. Again, I refer to a kit that is not planned for the addition of sail,
I assume that you can't just rig your ship with the standing rigging and then add the sails and appropriate running rigging as much of the standing rigging will get in the way. In that case, (and knowing that every ship is different) are there any standards / rules / advise around as to sequencing the rigging?
Well, that will do to start with !!
Any comments/help/tips would be very gratefully received....