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  1. Fore and aft rigging questions

    Thanks for the responses. It looks like I have several valid options.
  2. Fore and aft rigging questions

    Thanks, Henry. That's very helpful.
  3. The time is soon approaching when I will start the rigging of my model, Virginia 1819 from AL. As a complete novice, I am full of anxiety. It doesn't help that the kit instructions basically say "We're not going to tell you where each line goes, just look at the (completely inadequate) pictures." Thankfully, MSW user Trufo has posted some detailed diagrams of each line in this post. After studying those diagrams at length, I'm most of the way there to figuring out how each line runs, but I still have a few questions. The ship is a schooner with a relatively simple sailplan: a jib, foresail, mainsail, and single gaff topsail. 1. The jib downhaul runs from the head of the job through a block at the end of the bowsprit and is secured on one of the bowsprit bitts. Is it just loose from the head of the jib to the block? Or attached to the stay? Or sewn into the luff edge of the jib? 2. The diagrams show a line from the tack of the mainsail going downwards, but it isn't clear where it ends. Does it attach to the boom near the jaws? Or down to the base of the mainmast? (I am thinking that I might omit this line anyway, as the lowest mast hoop should hold the tack corner of the mainsail in the right position. For what it's worth, there is no corresponding line for the foresail, which has no boom.) 3. The topping lift for the boom runs from the end of the boom up to a block at the trestle trees and down to the base of the mainmast. However, the diagram is only showing the starboard side. Is there an identical topping lift on the port side of the mainsail? Or is there just the one, and I need to decide which side it goes on? 4. Do brails run continuously from one side, through the sail at the leech edge, to the other side? Or are there pairs of separate lines, one on each side, that start at the same point on the leech edge? Thanks in advance for your help.
  4. Hello

    Thank you all for the warm welcome.
  5. Hello

    Hi, Peter here. Some 30 years ago, I completed the only ship model I have ever built: the yacht America from Scientific models. It has been displayed over the fireplace in every place I've lived. Recently, while shifting the model aside to make room for holiday decorations, I mentioned to my wife that I've always wanted thought about building another ship model. She wisely pointed out that, as an adult who can do what I like, there is nothing stopping me. So here I am. I've been reading lots of tutorials and build logs, but I'm sure I will still have lots of questions. I plan to start work on my new kit this weekend, the Virginia 1819 from Artesania Latina.

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