Yea me!! Finally got all the stays rigged:
On stay E5, which is the mizzen stay, I cut the thread a bit short, so this is how I fixed that little problem:
Here's a picture of all the foremast stays that are attached to the bowsprit:
In order, from left to right in the picture, or from outboard to inboard:
E17 flagstaff stay
E14 jib halyard stay
E12 jib stay
E8 foretopmast preventer stay
E7 foretopmast stay
E1 forestay preventer
When I took the above picture, I hadn't finished the snaking on the forestay & preventer, so now that the snaking is done, here's the pic:
Interesting to note, the pattern the snaking made was something like a stairstep; I think it took me about 90 minutes to get it completed.
Here's some pix of stays E9 and E10, the maintopmast stay (E10) and the maintopmast preventer stay (E9).
The preventer stay is the thread going through a loop on the mast, and the stay itself is threaded through the block (which is higher up on the mast from the loop for the preventer stay).
And here they are belayed to the fife rail. E9 is closest in the photo.
This is stay E6 (mizzen preventer stay) and E11 (mizzen topmast stay)belayed to the fife rail around the mainmast:
And now, stays E15 (stay, first picture) and E18 (main flagstaff stay, second picture) and how they belay to part 38 (Heller calls part 38 "bitts").
And lastly, when I was installing the snaking on the foremast stays, I keep bumping part 121 (the sprit sail boom lower), to where it finally fell off, but supported by the rigging:
So, the construction tip on all this is, don't put the bow rigging in place until all the standing rigging is done - you won't have the problem of trying to weave standing rigging lines through all the running rigging. Plus, it might be a good idea to keep part 121 off until the standing rigging is completed (and if you do that, it forces you to put the a good portion of the running rigging in after the standing rigging is completed).
Next steps: installing the footropes on the mizzen mast yardarms (started that today), and then get the yardarms installed.
Thanks for looking!!