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ForeMast Ratlines

Starting process of attaching Futtock Staves

What I do is to first put Contact Cement on the Shroud and also the Futtock Stave, which is basically a cut down Toothpick.

Once make contact, I use my Tweezers to get to spacing right. The Contact Cement has just enough give so I can adjust it. Once I get the spacing right, it’s just a matter of squeezing the 2 sides together. After a hat I drop some Superglue on it to fix it in place.

1st Catharpin in

I ended up using a double binding for the Catharpins. it’s a challenge doing this in an enclosed area, but I’ve tied so many Clove Hitches, that it’s second nature now.

I’m just putting in 3 Catharpins
I use 2 sets of Clove Hitches
Starboard side done…

Main Mast Ratlines

Futtock Staves with catharpins
Installing Futtock Shrouds

I decided to not use the Hooks for the tops of the Futtock Shrouds. In this scale the Hooks too too much room because I’m going to be putting Ratlines on the Futtock Shrouds as well…

Notice the internal Ratlines. I was tempted to leave it at 4 going up but I decided to add another one on top. Can’t let my guys be climbing up the Ratlines unsafely… LOLOLOL!!!… 🤭😲🤣

Beginning work on outer Ratlines
Futtock Shrouds Ratlines done… Ugh… 🤭
Starboard side done…
Port side done
I use this paper clip to measure the distance between the Ratlines.

Mizzen Top Mast Ratlines

Futtock Stave

I just used a piece of Toothpick for the Futtock Stave. I used Contact Cement to hold it on there and some Superglue.

Futtock Stave in as well as Futtock Shrouds
Starboard side done
Port Futtock Stave

So… I was thinking to myself that the Stage wasn’t exactly straight?… I’m not redoing it though… Look

Imagine having to climb up and down these Ratlines all the time!… 🙄😲🤔