You're build is really impressive and will look fantastic when it's finished! How is rigging the bow spirit? The two extended parts are very thin and flexible. I purchased sone brass rod to use there as it will be less flexible.
I see you are sticking closely to those awful instructions-I'm just too lazy to do that I must confess. I'm gonna build the hull, add the canons and furniture and decks in a reasonable order, then rig the monster.
Thanks, Paul. The bowsprit rigging is going, just real slow. The jib booms are somewhat flexible; especially the one that extends out the furthest. I think, when it comes time to putting the standing rigging in place, I'll just have to be careful to try and keep the tension on the lines balanced, so that there's no bending of the jib boom.
Yeah, I'm pretty much going in order as per the instructions...someone must have took the time to figure it out, so maybe it's a good idea to try to follow along! Once I get done with the bowsprit rigging, I think I'll assemble the mizzen mast first, and practice making up the ratlines with the frame that is included. That way, I'll get some experience on using the frame, and if there are any goof-ups, it'll be on the mizzen mast, so it won't be quite as visible (at least, I hope).
Have you every looked at the different Victory models over one Pete Coleman's website? I was looking around there, trying to get some hints & techniques for painting & assembling. I haven't looked at every post, but of the few that I have, there appears to be a certain amount of resignation in completing the kit - one guy just did the standing rigging, and let it go at that. Another modeler painted the stern pieces all black, rather than try and paint them the alternating black and yellow. And that's where I read about another modeler putting brass tubing inside the lower mast halves, to try and give them some stiffness (I'm going to use wooden dowel rod).
So that's the way it is today, Tuesday, November 8th 2016. Be sure to vote!!
Cheers (and a bottle or two of rum),