H.M.S. Fly - Rigging the Masts



Apply the running rigging in accordance with the sequence shown clearly on the Rigging Stage plans. Belay the ends in accordance with the belaying plan shown on each sheet. If you intend not to rig sails to the model, follow the rigging sequence on the plans.

Although at first glance the rigging seems daunting, if you follow the sequence step by step as shown on the plans, the sequence is not as bad as you perhaps initially thought.
There is only a small amount of textual instruction for the running because the designer feels that too much written instruction for something as (at first sight) complex as the running rigging can perhaps cause more confusion for the modeller, rather than help. Therefore, the rigging sequence has been clearly categorised into smaller stages on the plans. (Sometimes, a simple explanatory picture/drawing says more than words could ever do – the running rigging sequence being a classic example)

If you wish to pursue the rigging further e.g. reef tackle etc. extra blocks and rigging can be purchased. For further information there are several excellent books published such as ‘James Lees’ Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War 1625 to 1860’. This is published by Conway Maritime Press. When the model is complete carefully look over the model to see if there is any scraps of wood, loose strands of thread or dust left on the deck. A glass display case is recommended for the finished model as dust settles quickly and is not easily removed without causing possible damage to the model.

We hope you enjoyed building the kit.

Chris Watton ©

© AMATI have very kindly supplied us with some original pictures. Take at the Main Box Pictures Gallery for a close up look at the rigging