I am just about to start rigging the guns on the weather deck . I have looked at various sources but can't seem to find out if the guns had Inhaul tackle or just the outhaul?. Any help would be greatly appreciated Martyn
Apparently the inhaul tackles weren't a permanent fixture like the outhauls. Perhaps several guns had to share one. In battle they were only needed when a gun failed to fire correctly. It was the recoil that sent the gun inwards again so perhaps an inhaul tackle wasn't essential. When parading it was a different subject, then they were needed to haul the guns inwards again, but this is why I tend to believe that several guns were to share one. I wouldn't include them on a model and most certainly not on all guns.
The guns were rigged with a pair of breeching tackles (what you mean by outhauls). These were not permanently attached, but could be removed and reversed to use as train tackles (inhauls). There were two hooks on the side of the carriage, one facing in each direction, and the other end of the tackle was attached to a ringbolt in the side of the ship with a quick-release toggle. When a tackle was needed to haul the gun inboard, one of the breeching tackles was detached and reversed on the carriage, the toggle taken to a ringbolt in the deck behind the gun. Train tackles were not normally rigged in action, as they were a massive tripping hazard in a confined space and not usually needed. If you show one rigged (which is a cool idea), make sure to leave one of the breeching tackles off.
That will look cool! From what we can see, there was a line of ringbolts in the deck, one in each deck beam alongside the hatches. Train tackles were probably taken to a ringbolt on the far side of the deck from the gun.