Fabulous work Peter and great to see your model on SoS.With regard to treating your shrouds,I know Alexey Banarov uses a mix of 500ml of Turpentine and 500ml of Paraffin to an apple size lump of Bitumen to produce the mix he applies to his rigging.This may dry faster than your version but I am not sure it will create the full on tarred look you are after.
Hi everyone, it's now high time for another update!
Looking closely you can see here that the foremost pair of shrouds were covered with a protective leather sleeve, the arrows point to this sleeve's upper and bottom edges . This was to protect the shrouds against damage from the sails constantly rubbing against them.
Here's a close-up, you can even see the stitches.
Here I rigged a piece of shroud between two wooden blocks to sew a leather sleeve around them. Not what I'd call tidy stitches but this is only a test-run.
Here the shroud with the sleeve rigged up on the model.
In the meantime I continued working on knees and riders on the lower gun-deck, you can see them here on hull sides. In all there were some 40 of these on this deck. In the distance you can see the partitioning to the Konstapelkammer (the powder-room) und in front of that the large capstan.
Knees and riders on the port-side are completed. You can make out drill-holes for iron bolts. To the left is the chimney of the galley-stove.
Here I'm preparing cardboard templates for a sandpit. It is said that before battle the decks were wetted and covered with sand to make them less slippery from the amount of blood on deck. Sand was also obviously used to put out fires.
The sculptor has been busy too and has yet again excelled himself.
A close-up view of the new sculpture
Here with Mr. Scale standing next to the sculpture for comparison. In reality this wooden sculpture would have been some 3,5 meters high! Amazing!