(Please note that the following entry reflects my pitiful lack of understanding. See tomorrow’s blog entry for details.)
I know I said that I intended to make this a “full speed ahead” build, but some things are just beyond my ability to tolerate. I know I can tolerate a lot, including abominable plastic shrouds and sails, but, in the immortal words of Meatloaf, I won’t do THAT.
Here is an image to illustrate the problem. The direction of wind is indicated by the arrows. The main sail is bulged outward due to the wind moving into it from the, um, port side of the ship. But notice the lateen sail “abaft” of the main sail. Blimey! The wind is blowing in a different direction entirely on the poop deck!
Leaving aside my almost irresistible urge to make a poop joke, I’ll just say that the wind doesn’t act like that, unless a tornado is approaching. So there’s a problem. Due to the laws of chirality (what? you never heard of those laws?) I can’t make that main sail and that lateen sail work together unless I attach the yards at a different angle, and even then it would be “questionable.”
To me, this is big deal. It may seem silly to some folks, but the beauty of model building is that I get to set the agenda–and this had to be fixed. So I decided to create a “furled” sail to replace the vac-formed lateen sail. I could not figure out another solution.
This is a paper napkin.
I cut out a piece that was the same size and shape as the sail, then dirtied it up with pastels, then rolled it into a…thing…and tied it to the yard.
It will have to do. I’m happy that I’ve been able to develop enough confidence in my rigging “knowledge” to do this one little modification. I should point out that I practically dismantled the mizzen mast during this effort, trying to make that darned sail “look right.” Then it dawned on me. It just wasn’t going to work. So, this is my solution. I actually think that this will work out better for showing off the crew figures on the poop deck.
What? I’ve taken a solemn vow of the sea not to make poop deck jokes. Must…resist…