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  1. I have read that Syren is the place to get good rope. Once I get the kit, I intend to replace all the rope if it is not good quality. I have been researching some other sites that offer quality replacement parts for the Victory. Once I get the kit, I will replace anything that I feel is not as it should be whether I make it or buy it. I have the means to make most anything. I have been reading and bookmarking several of the other Victory builds on here for tips and ideas. There have been some great ones.
  2. I believe once this ship is finished, I will revisit it later and replace all the rigging with better materials and correct my mistakes. Most people won't notice the flaws or mistakes , but I do. My mate is anxious to put this ship on display in the living room. I will take a short break as I'm off to the Cleveland Clinic heart institute tomorrow ,while I await my next build which should arrive in a few weeks. It is the HMS Victory by Billings Boats, 1:75 scale.
  3. This build is wrapping up soon. I still have to rig the mizzen mast and the bow sprit. I learned a lot on this build and made some mistakes, but all in all, it went pretty good. The only real complaints I have on this kit is the quality of the rigging materials, meaning the blocks and rope. The rope was very "fuzzy" and the blocks needed a lot of work. I have chosen not to put the sails on. I don't know if it's the way they were made, but I put the main sail on and did not like the way it looked. They seemed too big. When I redo the rigging, I may put sails on rolled up.
  4. I got a new toy today. It is a bead lathe I bought off ebay for 25 bucks. I'm going to take it to the machine shop and lengthen the bed so it will hold up to 14 inches long. I will use it for tapering masts and yards as well as turning other wood parts for a ship. To keep the chuck from damaging the wood, I have some short pieces of brass tubing of various sizes. I split them in half lengthwise and place the pieces around the end of a dowel where I chuck them. It holds without damage to the wood. I tried it on a 6 mm diameter dowel and it works excellent. I also got a disc sander attachment. Nice little machine for the money.
  5. That's what I thought. There should at least be a block on the stay. I think I am going to put one there. Since I have a lot of the rigging done, I find some of the remaining tie points for some of the lines do not make sense. There are more convenient points, so I am changing a few of them to be more " balanced" looking. I also am thinking about not putting the sails on. I haven't quite decided yet. I am not crazy about the sails provided. I think I would prefer the sails rolled up.
  6. Yeah, almost. I can't quite figure out the rigging on the lower yard arm on the fore mast. The instructions ( term used very loosely) show the rope going around the center of the rope ( I believe it is the main mast stay?)from the main mast kind of in a "V". Each side of this "V" goes to through a block at the end of the yard arm and down to a belaying pin. I don't understand what is supposed to secure this rope to the other rope without sliding. It just doesn't make sense. This photo illustrates what the instructions show. ( sorry it is blurry)
  7. It is only 8 degrees F outside and too cold to go out, so I am spending the day working on rigging. The instructions are so vague. I have to study for quite some time until I finally figure out where the lines go. Maybe someone of you can answer a question. I thought there would only be one line attached to a belaying pin. That is the case with this model except at the base of the main mast. Following the instructions there are four belaying pins but six line going to this location. That means two of the pins have two lines attached. Is this something that would be done? It isn't really a problem, just curious. No one in the world I live in would ever notice a mistake on this model.
  8. I have all the shrouds,rat lines, and mast stays installed. I learned a lot on this model so far and these lessons will help on my next one.
  9. I think I see. This is another view of them from a different perspective than the page showing the yard arms.
  10. I can figure out most of the directions for the rigging. It seems if I stare at them long enough, it finally sinks in. But there are a few lines I just can't understand. On this photo it looks as if some of the lines start right in the middle of another line and that just doesn't make sense.
  11. Thanks O.C. I started out trying to tie the rat lines with the clove hitch, but found it very difficult on the small scale, so I finally started doing what you said, wrap around and a dad of glue. I found it much easier to control everything and at this small scale, I have a hard time seeing the difference.
  12. Thank you. I find the rat lines very difficult to get even and straight or tight
  13. The rigging is tough at this small scale. I am not happy with the rat lines, but is the best I could do with my tremors. I think I can live with it though. I read where the rat lines were supposed to be the tan color and the standing rigging ( shrouds) should be black. I think I would have liked the rat lines black also, but I ain't about to do them over. This one side took 3 hours.

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