Rigging was where my problems really started.First I tried a different type of thread from what I normally use. Other people get good results with it, but I didn't, as it frayed and unraveled at the slightest provocation. So, I cut all that out and went back to my normal thread. Then, I discovered that I had rigged part of the stays incorrectly when using my normal thread , so had to cut all those out again. No excuses here, this was completely my fault. After all, "I've built almost a hundred of these things, so I don't need to look at the instructions." WRONG! I got that part redone, and all the ratlines on her. That's when I dropped the ship.
Rather than let it fall, I tried to catch it. That meant it bounced down my legs and THEN hit the floor. Fortunately, the standing rigging worked like it is supposed to, and I was able to pull all the masts back into line without anything breaking. There are no pictures of this, as I suspect my obscene language at the time would have turned any photographs a fine shade of blue. There were some minor mistakes in the running rigging, but I was able to catch them before they were baked into the ship. I guess the moral of this story is either:
- No matter how many times you've done this, read the stinking instructions, or
- if you're a beginner, don't be afraid of making mistakes. We all still do, no matter how much experience we might have.
|Looks like there might be some debris on the Captain's sternwalk.
While it sounds like this Agamemnon might be a hard-luck ship, I'm hoping that isn't the case. In fact, unlike many of my ships, she will make her first appearance on the game table next month in a "what-if" scenario that, had it occurred, she would have been a participant in. I'm hoping she can extinguish some of the bad luck from her building on the game table.