I thought I'd make a jig to match the ratline/shroud frame that Heller added to the kit. The thinking here is, instead of wasting a lot of thread stringing the ratlines across a lot of "empty space", I'd make something that would match the slots for the ratlines, but wouldn't use up so much thread. Here's cutting part of the jig:
And here's the finished part. This is the "upper" part of the jig; it's made to fit between the top and middle part of the ratline frame:
And here's how it all goes together:
So, before I got started on cutting that jig, I thought I was well on my way to finishing putting the mizzen mast together. I was all ready to put the next segment of the mizzen mast on, when I realized that I needed to make-up another set of ratlines before I could proceed. I was also ready to start adding the blocks to the mast, as per the instructions, when I noticed two things: that block P21 seemed to get attached to the mast cap, and that another set of blocks (not sure what the designations are) needed to go between the lower segment and the middle segment of the mast. So a word to the wise: before adding the mast cap, add those 2 blocks, then put the mast cap in place.
To get P21 to fit, I drilled a hole through the mast cap, and threaded P21 through the hole. I started to make the hole with my Dremel tool, but the bit "caught" and gouged a part of the mast cap - nothing too bad, just copious paint to hide the gouge. I finished the hole with my pin drill:
To try and make sense out of where all the blocks go on the mizzen mast, and which they face (fore, aft, athwart), which line goes through them, where that line starts, and where it belays, I made a rough chart for all that, so when I'm actually putting the rigging in, I don't get too flustered with having to flip through several pages of instructions. I also made a similar chart for the spanker boom & spanker gaff (not sure I have the correct names). IF anybody would like a copy, let me know, and I'll see about getting a copy to you. I'm going to make similar charts for the mizzen yards, as well as for the fore & main masts.
Would you believe it took me like almost 3 hours to cut that ratline jig? I sure hope it's worth it! And if none of the photos in this post are present, it's because Photobucket was a little more recalcitrant than normal tonight. At least, I was able to do a load of laundry while trying to make this post!!