Managed to get started on making up the deadeyes for the upper shrouds on the mizzen mast. Going a bit slower than I had hoped for, but, taking my time and not rushing things, should give a better result!
So before I started cutting off the pairs of deadeyes, I ran into this little problem:
The problem being that there is the connecting pieces of plastic between the deadeyes, as well as a left-to-right connection. So instead of being able to just cut the deadeye pair from the sprue, it means taking out the small wire I was using as a spacer, cutting off the express plastic, making another (or, a second spacer) wire, cutting off the deadeyes from the sprue, cleaning up the deadeye, and getting ready to attach a thread to what will become the lower deadeye, which is what we see in this picture:
Not the best picture, but the thread is wrapped around the deadeye, with care being taken to try and get the start & stop point of the thread just underneath one of the eyes in the deadeye. There also seems to be a bit of a flange going around the deadeye, so that helps to align the thread. When wrapping the thread, I start right about underneath a single eye, then wrap the thread around about a third of the way, so I can cement the thread in place, let it dry, and then move on to the next third.
For the upper deadeye, here's the shroud getting wrapped around the deadeye. The shroud got started on the outside edge (like, the 3 o'clock position), then followed around in a clockwise direction, with the excess of the shroud hanging down (before I trimmed it):
As you can see, it took some specialized clamping tools to keep the deadeyes upright - here's a pic. In this pic, I haven't wrapped shroud around the deadeye yet.
Here's a picture of the knot that holds the thread between the deadeyes in place. I tied the knot 5 times; I guess it only needs to be tied 3 time or less. Also, I've shifted to using #70 drill bit to open the holes in the deadeyes. I might, on the next set of deadeyes, use a needle to help thread the string through the deadeyes.
And here's the final product:
The light colored thread is wrapped about 3 times around the shroud before I finished it with an overhand knot, and some cement.
So here's a question for everyone: I see mentions about people using "CA" glue. I thought this was an abbreviation for cyanoacrylate(?) glue, which, I believe, is the same thing as super glue. However, people talk about keeping their CA glue wet, or solvent, when it's not capped. So, is this CA the same stuff as super glue? And does it not dry as fast as regular super glue? And if it's not the usual kind of super glue sold in stores, what brand names/other names is this glue sold as?
Look forward to your replies! And thanks for taking a look - right now, I've got the other 3 lower deadeyes on the mizzen mast installed, and just waiting a bit for the glue (Testor's
) to get good and dry, before I try putting another deadeye/shroud combo in place. Wish me luck!!