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HMS Victory Running or Standing rigging - The choice is yours! Options
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#1 Posted : 19 May 2011 16:19:57
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Issue 65 gives you the option to have Running or Standing rigging on your model, (with or without Sails) where the rigging is different to both versions.

A complete sail set will be provided for the model, but some builders may prefer to leave them off, to display the details of the standing rigging which is very much as Victory appears today.
This 'bare-spars' option also makes it easier to keep the model clean, particularly if it will not be displayed in a case. Also, because the model is not actually on the high seas, the sails of any model can often look lifeless.

The reason you need to make the choice at issue 65 is that some of the blocks used for the Running rigging (with sails) are only required if you intend to attach sails to the yards.

If you decide to build the Standing rigged version (without sails), you can omit most of the blocks.

The blocks that must be fitted to the 'bare-spars' version (standing rigging) are indicated by a Star on the mast plans.

You also have a choice of natural finish or paint - For the natural version, stain the centre of the yard dark walnut, and the ends dark oak. On the painted version, paint everything but the blocks and their ties black.

For the Official Diary, the build will be following the route of 'no sails' with standing rigging and the painted version.
The magazine will follow the route of the 'with sails' version with running rigging, and will provide finish information for both the natural and painted version.

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