Basically down to rigging the last few models. This is going to take a couple of weeks and may require additional wire. The Minnesota is going to require several feet of wire for the stays and back stays. But the end is in sight!
Before starting the rigging, I googled "USS Minnesota rigging". Which gave no results for the Minnesota, but did return a nice schematic of USS Constitution. That schematic - when printed - accidentally scales out well with the Minnesota model and became a good guide for the stays and backstays. Pat David posted the original which you can find here.
|The Bay Area Yards model of the USS Minnesota before starting on the rigging, but basically done with painting.|
|Added the stays for the foremast. Lots of work to do here!|
|This is a LOT of wire!|
|Added the first back stay on the starboard side of the foremast.|
The assembly on Kearsarge is complete. I was going to complain about how the instructions should tell you to install the guns before adding the railing. It turns out the instructions do say that, I'd just forgotten or not read that section. My bad.
|Before adding the guns.|
|The Thoroughbred Figures model of USS Kearsarge.|
|After the guns are installed and the stays for the foremast are installed.|
|These pictures do help. Just realized I have to paint the bedding rolls on the railings.|
|Here's a secret - the broadside guns are from Bay Area Yards. It's because I screwed up and didn't mount the TB guns before putting the top of the railings in. The BAY guns are small enough to fit in the hole.|