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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.

Main Mast Shrouds New Strings

For whatever reason, I lost my .7mm Hemp line somewhere so I decided to try these Stroud’s with my new Griffin Synthetic Line that I bought from Model Expo.

At first, I was skeptical because I liked how the Hemp line bends and stays that way while the synthetic line doesn’t bend at all.

So… I had to change my technique.

First thing I did was to put a line around it to hold it while I’m getting the measurement with my spacing jig.

Clove Hitch holds it nice and tight

I used a Clove Hitch because I don’t have to redo it… I just keep tying French Loops until I get the desired Seizing.

I then use another String to Seize the Deadeye into place and use French Loops to tighten up on it… And on the bottom, just do a Half Hitch to hold it in place.

Then the top one, I pull down on it and add a couple more half hitches.

Superglue and PVA glue

I finish it a drop of PVA glue on the knots… Which are translucent and invisible. Then… I like to put a small drop on the black part between knots to hold it.

Nice and tight
I was quite proud of this one…
Pulling with Deadeye Jig… Then tying it off with a Clove Hitch
Starboard set of 3rd Pair

Listening to Mozart