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Finished rigging the gaff today.  Nothing unusual or interesting about doing this.  It was fun and I basically created the gaff just like the boom.  One interesting feature to point out might be how the blocks are hooked to thimbles/bullseyes on the gaff.  The blocks were not just seized to the gaff.  This follows a method I saw on another cutter from the time period.  Just seemed more interesting than doing it the other way.


It has gotten harder to photograph now.  Its a much bigger subject to get in frame.


Next up will be the pendant tackles and shrouds....none of the falls or loose ends have been glued to their belaying points yet.  You can see them left a bit long on deck.  They are just made fast to each belying point and can be undone easily.  I did this just in case they have to be retensioned after the shrouds and stays are completed.  Some lines have a tendency to go slack as rigging progresses.









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Thank You guys.


The thimbles are made from thin wall brass tube.  In this case 1.5 mm brass tube.  I tap them with a blunt point as shown in this image.  Not to hard.  The brass is soft and the thimbles will tear.  They will also stretch larger in dia. and become thinner than you cut the original length.


Here are some close ups of my thimbles thus far in use on the model.  Also note the thimble not yet punched to flare its ends in that first photo.  See how much longer and smaller it is.  Hooks are shaped from 26 gauge black wire.











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From The Navy and Army Illustrated, Volume 7, Issue 119 (April 22, 1899), "April 24, 1810.--The 10-gun cutter "Surly," and "Firm," gun brig, chased ashore the French privateer "Alcide," at the mouth of a river on the coast of France, sent in their boats and brought the ship out a prize." The action, which actually occurred on 20 April, was apparently recorded in Boat Service Actions Roll ADM 171/3 and took place in Granville Bay, Grenada. There was a letter included in the Gazette from Lt. Welsh, commanding Surly, to Rear-admiral D'Auvergne, describing the action, but Welsh does not describe Surly's armament. The 1899 report must therefore have taken Surly's armament from a different source. Given that some 89 years had passed since the 1899 recital, perhaps the source material drawn on was misquoted or incorrect, or perhaps the long guns were omitted in the count. Winfield, in British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817, cites 2x4-Pounders and 10x12-Pound Carronades, although I don't happen to know the source. Winfield further states that Surly was reduced to 8 guns after 1818(?). Perhaps of value...

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Thank You very much, and happy Thanksgiving.   


I rigged the Burton Pendants and started the shrouds.  The Burton Pendants (.035 dark brown) are served the entire length with a 1/4" single block seized on it end.   It hangs down from the trees a bit more than we are used to with a typical frigate.   Then  a tackle was set up to the pendant.  The tackle is only shown on a few contemporary models and I thought it was interesting so I decided to show it.  This particular version is based on the cutter model in the London Science museum and Peterson's book.


The Shrouds are pretty standard,  I used .045 dark brown rope.  The forward shroud is served its entire length.  The serving was all done on the "Serv-o-matic".  The remainder of the shrouds will only have the portion around the mast head served down to just below the cheeks.  


Below you can see my shroud gang taking shape with this first pair of shrouds done.




The deadeyes were turned in and set-up with the usual methods.  I dont particularly care for this aspect of rigging.  Especially getting that first seizing done just above the deadeye.  Its an awkward one as its oriented differently but it is important because it creates that shape of the shroud doubling you strive for.  The lanyard was rigged with .018 light brown rope and not glued permanently.  This was done once again so I can easily re-tension the shrouds after all the standing rigging is completed.




Now to finish up the three remaining pairs. 

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Thanks...I will say this this, its a joy working in 1/4" scale.  You dont have to fight with such tiny parts and you get more detail.  But you have to have the room to work and display it.  Luckily this model is not that large since its just a cutter.   I will have to find a good home for it once its done though...not much room to display the finished cased model. 

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I agree that turning in deadeyes and seizing them is a chore, Chuck. Have you tried setting things up temporarily, figuring out where on the shroud the deadeye turns in, mark it, remove the shroud and do the turning in and seizing off-model? I find it makes life much easier doing this on the bench rather than operating 'in air'.

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Shrouds are completed.  I also added the lower backstay on the port side.  The fiddle block is a min-kit from Syren (13/32").   You can see another one on top of the companionway which will be used for the other side.  It is built up from three laser cut layers.


Here is a shot of the growing shroud gang.  The aft pair as well as the lower backstay are served only along the top that goes around the mast head.  They are served down to a bit below the cheeks.




Once that is finished it will be time for the sling for the lower yard and then the main stay.





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