As I was going down with the Ratlines, I was worrying about the alignment. So I used my Right Angle and made them perpendicular to the Mast…
I just used a piece of Toothpick for the Futtock Stave. I used Contact Cement to hold it on there and some Superglue.
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!… 🙄😲🤔
Started work on the Ratlines. I’m just going to use Clove Hitches all around.
I used Clove Hitches on 3 Lines. The 1st of very bottom, these will go to the middle. The next up ones to the 2 ends.
After I tighten the Clove Hitch, I put a dab of Superglue to hold it.
I started this whole thing by aligning all the Deadeyes into the proper position and then Supergluing it into position.
I had a problem with some of my earlier ones where the Superglue plugged up the Deadeyes holes so I made sure they were open by pushing through a Needle through each hole.
On these Fore Topmast Shrouds, I put the smaller Deadeyes in with the anchor through the side of the Top. I had to put some Superglue on them to hold them tight.
I use a Clove Hitch with several loops. Then I fix the knot with Superglue. I found that Superglue works pretty good for this work… Although be careful not to bend it else it will break.
What I do is to tie a Clove hitch around a loop, then I pull it tight and cinch the knot.
After a bit of a break, I’m back to working on the Mizzen Mast Ratlines. I was holding off on it until I finished the rigging for the Spanker.
Here I have the first 2 sets done…
I had a couple of do overs… When I mistakenly looped the last Shroud under the Gaff Boom Stay. And also I used a Square Knot around the Mast so I couldn’t get it adequately tight enough so I had to take it all apart and I used a simple loop which worked nicely to be tightened on both sides.
I had to order these Cleats from Model Expo… Here’s the Link… Model Expo Cleats
They’re made out of Cast Peuter and some of them are pretty messy. Here’s a picture of some of them…
I prefer something a bit more solid but what are you gonna do? I tried to clean them up as good as possible.
I added these Cleats to the Poop Deck. I kind of goofed on it a bit and it is too close to the Stern Taffrail.