Week 15

I think we can safely say that I’m on the home stretch now!

Overall view of the model

Overall view of the model

Last week I completed the yard arms.  They look a piece of art now they’re finished, with all the pulleys and detail on them.  I’ve been lucky in finding a supplier of good pulleys.  Made of rosewood and laser cut, the end result is a very detailed pulley that is able to be stained to the required colour.

Close-up of the yard arms

Close-up of the yard arms

Once the pulleys were pinned on, I started the running rigging, using a hemp coloured thread 0.25 mm thick.  The job began with the bracers and lifters, rather tricky as the bracers are tied to the base of the mast and there is next to no room for one’s hands to fit in the space and tie the line down.  Things are getting a little harder! The more lines you put on the model, the less it looks like you have done.

Side view of the model

Side view of the model

The Beagle should be complete, or close to, within the week, with the next update coming after Christmas. Wishing you a happy Christmas and a great New Year!