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Opinions/Logic Regarding Sequence of Standing Rigging?

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  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Opinions/Logic Regarding Sequence of Standing Rigging?
Posted by David_K on Sunday, December 27, 2020 2:49 PM

Hi All-

I'm mustering the gumption to continue work on the Imai Spanish Galleon I started long ago.  I've just stropped a handful of blocks for the masts (using the new Beautiful Blocks, by Model Expo...and they are really nice!)...and now I am faced with planning my rigging sequence for the masts.  It's been awhile, so I'm considering my options, and thought I would reach out to the community for some opinions.

In the past, I've installed standing rigging under various sequences, but many times I've stepped the masts first, then worked my way up from the deck.  Sometimes it gets difficult to navigate the upper shroud deadeyes with the masts in place (especially with this kit, because the lower topmast and topgallant shroud deadeyes are in the bottom of deep masttops) , so I'm considering this sequence instead:

-Masts assembled (not stepped)

-Blocks for lifts, halyards, etc. on masts

-Lower shrouds looped at masttop, but lower ends left loose (to tie after stepping)

-Topmast Shrouds

-Topgallant Shrouds

-Top and TGallant Ratlines (?)

-Step Masts




This seems like a logical approach.  Does anyone have some points to consider? Does anyone prefer a different sequence?

Thanks in advance, and I hope everyone has had a terrific Holiday season!


     _~ )_)_~

Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???


  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 9:16 PM


i haven't built a sailing ship in some time because of physical restraints and have tried various ways to rig them.

Normally I would assemble the masts completely and then put on the blocks.  

Next would be the ratlines.  If you are not careful you could have lines coming through the lines or bending around them.

As I ran the lines toward the deck I would start from the center and go out, doing all the levels before moving to the next outward block.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, December 28, 2020 7:39 AM

I usually assemble the masts and bowsprit first and install them.  Then I rig the bow.  Then I do the lower mast rigging starting with the mainmast, then the others.  Then up from there level by level.  In my experience standing rigging is not much of a problem.  Standing rigging is something else.  Good tools, vision aids and lighting are essential.  I have made a few home-made forks and hooks.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:46 AM

Dave, whatever you choose to do will come out well. Why not give it a try?



 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 11:19 AM


       What I used to like about Imaii ships is that I could rig them the way a yard would. First the Bowsprit and the hull fittings for that. Then the foremast Stepped and some of the rigging in place Then the lower main and Mizzen. Come back to the bow and step the upper foremast .Rig loosly and stem the upper main. Now the Mizzen of course. Tighten the lower standing rigging on the Foremast then the Main and lastly the Mizzen.

      Now to the second level and the standing rigging there. Same sequence, second level. Now step the tops and go forward to the finish.

 Running rigging comes with the Lifting of the spars into place.



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