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Nice job on the Crowsfeet Bob, they're not on my favourite job list either, in fact I've still not tied them off just in case I disturb them  during the later rigging process.


Interesting that Peter Goodwin indicates 1½" circ line (0.20mm diameter at scale) for the Crowsfeet;


Steel shows ¾" circ line (0.1mm diameter at scale) in his tables for sloops of 300 tons so I went with 0.1mm line.


A quick check between Goodwin and Steel's tables shows that Goodwin indicates slightly heavier rigging  lines overall, and he quotes Lees in his sources list.


I wonder if I could have got away with  0.20mm line, I think slightly heavier line for the Crowsfeet  would make life easier.



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Nice, Bob, really nice.  I think one reason your crowsfeet look so good is that you lined up the holes in the euphroe as evenly as could be.  That was the step that continually tripped me up on my one crowsfoot effort (I didn't use a drill press). 





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The lower standing rigging is now complete (with the exception of the ratlines). This involved doing the deadeyes on the the lower tops, the futtock shrouds, the catharpins and the upper jeer blocks on the main.


The dead eyes are from the kit. I stropped them using wire, rather than the kit PE parts, The futtock staves are 1/32" square boxwood strip. The futtock shrouds are  seized to Syren plastic hooks. The catharpins are simplified, by simply tying them to the futtock staves.


The jeer blocks and their lashings are not entirely accurate either, but give a reasonable impression of their appearance at this scale. They are fitted only on the main, since the crojack on the mizzen has only a sling and no jeers.


In my usual spirit of procrastination, I will complete and mount the topmasts, and at least begin their rigging, before tackling the ratlines.











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Well, the holiday family horde headed back north and it was time to get back to work.


First up was the the mizzen topmast and topgallant and their standing rigging. This involved making the masts, mounting them and doing the topmast shrouds, topmast backstay, topmast stay, topgallant backstay and blocks for the crojack, topsail and topgallant lifts, and the main topgallant braces.


Mast construction was straightforward, starting with dowels, shaped and tapered as necessary, and using the kit parts for trestletrees, crosstrees and caps. As before, the rigging was done using Syren line and blocks and kit deadeyes. I did face one dilemma. There is disagreement among the kit plans, AOTS and Lees as to whether the mizzen topgallant mast had shrouds and/or a forestay. As I read Lees, at this period (1742), there would be neither. I decided to go with that, although the kit plans show shrouds, but no stay, and AOTS shows both.










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Thanks so much Joe. I'm still a few months from completion and really don't know what's next. What I do know is that I'm 77 with eyes and hands getting more problematic with time. My criteria now are for larger scale models of smaller ships. I'm not looking for projects that would take years to complete (unless perhaps Amati comes out with Chris Watton's new Prince :rolleyes: ).



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Bob, your rigging is pristine.  Truly awe inspiring.  I might have to send you a few of my builds to rig :)


If you're looking for larger scale models of smaller ships, if you like the look of the Dutch ships from the 17th century, there are some really good subjects/plans in this book from Seawatch:





I also recently picked up from a fellow MSW member Ab Hovings "Ships of Abel Tasman" which has two ships from that era, with great plans and history:





I have a bunch of projects on my workbench at the moment, but thinking ahead, and thinking about working on smaller models, these ships, to me at least, make for very interesting models.

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Thanks so much Mike and B.E. for the generous comments.


Funny you should mention Dutch ships Mike. I was just thinking about them, but thinking more about kits than a scratch.


B.E., nowadays I sometimes feel like an old athlete who's lost his young skills, but learned to get by with experience and tricks.  :)



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