HMS Beagle Model Ship Project
Week 29: Drilling and rigging (April 25 - May 8, 2011)
Drilled the holes in the deck for the new masts, and then smaller holes for the rigging to pass through. Inserted brass screw eyes into the new fore and mainmast for hanging the spars and rigging guides. Next I inserted a nail into the base of each mast and added a 1/4 inch wood base to the bottom of the hull before hammering them home.
Despite a lot of testing I somehow ended up with a bit of a backward rake on the foremast once it was settled in. Ah well. We'll see how she looks once all the standing rigging is in place.
Drilled a hole into my tiller and inserted a screw eye in the bottom side. Then I made several small dowel sections to mount the screw eyes that will guide the rigging from the tiller to the servo down in the hull. Assuming wood glue can hold them in place, I figure that will be an easier way to made changes to the rigging plan in the future.
Cut small sections of small copper tubes and secured inside the deck's rigging holes, sticking up a bit. Hopefully that will reduce water getting down in the hull. Ran the carpet thread through the rudder system. Seems to work, but with a bit more tension that I had imagined.