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Tied all the clove hitches and got the futtock staves tied on. Now working on the sister blocks and cleats. Somewhere earlier in the log I showed how I was making my own cleats. When I got to this stage I realized that I only had half the amount of cleats than what I will need for both mats so I just ordered some from Syren Ship Model co. and shaped them up a little. They will be painted black when they are all secured on. Sorry about the clarity of the pictures. My camera does not do a good job focusing in on these tight places.

 

Jesse

 

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Been plugging along slowly. Haven't posted until now because there would be too little to show until I got a little more done. By the time I rig a line or two I am in so much pain I have to leave it and come back later so it takes a while.

 

Since my last posting I have rigged the main & fore topmast backstays, main & fore topmast stays, main & fore topmast preventer stay, fore & main topgallant shrouds, main & fore topgallant backstays and the main royal backstays. It doesn't look like that much in the pictures. When trying to rig the block and rope coil for the main royal backstay I snagged the door to the companionway and snapped it off. It went right down the hole below so I have to make another. I have accidentally cut a line or two and have had to re-rig them. I found it very difficult to rig the lanyards for the fore topmast and fore topmast preventer stays. There is very little room to work with. I am still not satisfied with my mouse making but they are ok.

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Jesse

    Sounds like you are probably overjoyed about now that you are only building a brig and not a ship with three or more masts.;) 

    With your limitations from your affliction do you stand to do the upper rigging or stay in your chair?  In either case do you brace your elbows on some kind of support to steady your hands for doing fine work in those tight spots?  If not, I would suggest checking the current posting titled working comfortably on upper rigging in the shop notes section.   I know that some of the solutions are a bit pricey, but using some of your ingenuity, I would think you could come up with a solution that would work best for you.

    By the way, despite your difficulties, your ship is still coming along nicely!:)  You should be proud of what you are building. I would be.

Dave

 

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2 hours ago, BETAQDAVE said:

With your limitations from your affliction do you stand to do the upper rigging or stay in your chair?  In either case do you brace your elbows on some kind of support to steady your hands for doing fine work in those tight spots? 

Dave, I stand but can't very long so I am up and down. I need to read that posting. I'd love to have anything that can help. thanks!

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Slow and easy Jesse. You'll get there anyway. Lovely work on the rigging. I have to look up something about that mouse making business which might help you out, even if it is only for the next time. Super job!

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More progress on the Standing rigging. Have added the Main royal stay, Fore topgallant stay, Fore royal backstays, Fore royal stay,  Jib stay, Jib stay traveler inhaul, Flying jib stay, Flying jib stay traveler inhaul and the Bowsprit horses. It is difficult to show each of these lines individually. 

 

I found it very difficult to rig the inhauls and tie to the belaying pins on each side of the Bowsprit. There is so little room to reach into in this area - I'm glad I'm past that now. Forgot to photograph this, will have to add a picture in on an upcoming posting.

 

Jesse

 

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For the netting that goes on the Bowsprit horses and battens I decided to make a jig and pre-rig most of it off ship to make it easier to tie on after. I tied two threads to four wire pegs spaced the same as the Bowsprit horse lines. I laid a piece of netting down over them and carefully glued the it to the threads where the overlaid. I glued the battens down onto all of this (pre-measuring the spacing). When that dried I used a curved sewing needle to help me thread and tie the edges. Removed it all from the jig and trimmed the edges. This made it much easier to tie the netting to the horses.

 

I used G-S Hypo Cement made for gluing watch crystals to glue these tiny spots. It has a very tiny needle applicator end that works very well for tiny rigging knots. (forgot to take a picture - will have to add one in later, my camera died and is recharging). 

 

Jesse 

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On 8/29/2018 at 4:53 PM, JesseLee said:

For the netting that goes on the Bowsprit horses and battens I decided to make a jig and pre-rig most of it off ship to make it easier to tie on after. I tied two threads to four wire pegs spaced the same as the Bowsprit horse lines. I laid a piece of netting down over them and carefully glued the it to the threads where the overlaid. I glued the battens down onto all of this (pre-measuring the spacing). When that dried I used a curved sewing needle to help me thread and tie the edges. Removed it all from the jig and trimmed the edges. This made it much easier to tie the netting to the horses.

       That's a very nice job of illustrating your jig and its function.  Overall, I found this to be a very instructive posting that shows your method of handling a rather busy piece of rigging without getting tangled up in all of those closely spaced lines and knots.

       Personally I have always believed that necessity can indeed be the mother of invention or innovation.  Thinking up sometimes unique solutions to these problems before hand, almost always saves time and frustration in the end. (And besides, I think that is a good share of the fun involved in modeling.)

 

Keep it up Jesse

 

 

 

 

       

 

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