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  1. I usually just make my own. It saves on aggravation.
  2. I have reached another milestone with this build. I am done with the standing rigging. Next up, I will be making some booms, gaffs and yards. Then, I will make sails. After that, I have to install everything and install the running rigging. The last thing I do on any model is to make and install flags and pennants. As a quick side note, I never expected this model to get past the hull covering phase, but I’m too stubborn to give up. So, I’m pretty pleased with my progress. I’ve never scratch built a model before so I’m very happy with it. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for a first run. I’ve learned a lot and have gained much valuable experience that will help me in future builds. Without further ado, I present the American Privateer Prince de Neufchatel with the standing rigging complete:
  3. I’m in the final stages of the standing rigging on the Prince de Neufchatel so I’ll be getting back to the Victory shortly. Using the Prince de Neufchatel as a learning project has worked wonderfully. I believe that the Victory will go together quite nicely once I get back to it.
  4. Given the pictures that you have posted, I don’t think that you will have any difficulty rigging your model. Given your wood working experience, I don’t think you will have problems with anything that you will see in any kit. I have never had a Caldercraft kit, but I’ve heard really good things about them. A schooner is a great place to start. My first real ship model was the schooner Sultana by Model Shipways. I am currently building my first scratch build and I chose a schooner because they are relatively simple (compared to a square rigged ship) and make a beautiful model. I had no wood working experience when I started building ship models. I learned as I went. From my experience since then, I have discovered that the hardest part is getting started with the intent to finish. Once you pass that point, the hard part’s done. After that it’s just a matter of actually building the model. Take your time. Have fun. Don’t worry about making mistakes (my models are full of them). Learn from those mistakes and move forward.
  5. I only have one set of backstays left on the foremast and two on the main mast. I think that I am now done with the deadeye spacing jig.
  6. Also remember, if the hull is okay, masting and rigging aren’t bad to replace. It’s time consuming, but isn’t everything with this hobby? If you decide to restore the model, be patient, take your time and enjoy the process. Use it as a learning tool.
  7. I agree, the real question is how badly you want to restore it. I’d start by pulling off the broken parts and doing a good solid damage assessment on what your base looks like. Then I would assemble my materials and plans to begin replacing the damaged parts.
  8. All shrouds, along with the ratlines, and forestays are complete. Time to make some backstays.
  9. Your rigging will come out well. I’ve seen the rest of your work. You’ll do just fine.
  10. I got more done last night. I made 6 more deadeyes with 4 failures while trying to make the 6th one, lol. I removed a stay and rerouted it and added another that I had missed. I also added the fore top shrouds and left it with the ratlines half done down the starboard side. Quick note and lesson learned, I need to reinforce the mast tops better next time to prevent deflection under the stress of rigging.
  11. Are rigging, and belaying, plans for the same type of vessel relatively interchangeable between ships of similar size, class and time period, in the Royal Navy?
  12. Sheer poles are in place. Upper Main Shrouds are installed. Time to make the Top Shrouds and Top Gallant Shrouds on the Foremast.
  13. Lower ratlines are in. Time to make the sheer poles and the upper shrouds/ratlines
  14. I finally had time to work on the model today. I’m about 75% complete with the main mast ratlines. I’ll post pictures once they’re done.

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