|The fighting tops on this diagram of Constitution are circled in black. Note that they are at different|
heights to each other.
I don't normally glue sails to the masts at this point, preferring to wait until after the hull is painted. For this model though, I had to drill a hole for the bowsprit which meant that I needed to make sure that the headsails on the bowsprit would fit correctly against the sails on the foremast. The best way to do that was to glue the sails to the foremast. Well, with that done we may as well assemble the whole sail set. It took about 22 minutes to assemble the masts and sails. While doing that, I managed to break the headsails off of the bowsprit. I have figured out how to fix this using a piece of wire, so I will make sure and show some pictures of that at the appropriate time.
So, where are we now? I've spent 1 hour and 24 minutes on this frigate, and not a single lick of paint has been applied. The next entry in this series will cover painting the hull. As a reminder, to buy this frigate already assembled, painted and rigged would cost about $86.00.