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  1. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    One way to address this, would be to make the shrouds before setting up the deadeyes on the channels.
  2. Rigging for Dummies

    Keep in mind, you don't really have to know why/how about every line on a ship. As the number of masts and sails increase, you have the same basic principles repeated over and over. Just pick a mast and a type of sail; main, top, stay, spanker, etc., and the basic principles, with a few exceptions will always apply. This is not to say there won't be variations among countries and periods, but a 'lift' , a 'brace' a 'shroud' or whatever, won't really change that much, because the work to be accomplished will be the same.
  3. Such a beautiful model.. One of the first books I bought when embarking on this hobby some twenty years ago.. Always reminds me of what one can accomplish without Dremel and Byrnes.. I am also fond of the natural wood look. One other thought regarding detail.. I like the model without rope coils on deck or hammocks in the netting..
  4. Kits with fewer Cast Metal parts.

    Detailed wood parts would really drive up the cost of a kit. I have looked at a lot of kits over the years, and I don't recall any kit, at any price, that included detailed wood parts. The closest thing that I am aware of, are the kits that Chuck sells at his store. Syren Ship Model Company He has items such as this Windlass which is part of the ' Cheerful ' package, but would not be out of place on a lot of ships at the same scale. There are tons of ideas on this Forum for fabricating your own parts.
  5. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    I apologize for my rush to judgement, without taking a closer look. Now that I have seen your instructions, it clearly addresses any shortcomings that I wrongly assumed.
  6. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    It doesn't appear to allow for setting up the shrouds properly on the mast. How does it differ in principle from the (in)famous Loom-A-Line?
  7. Can't be too sturdy? Consider that the shrouds are essentially tow ropes, pulling the ship through the water... Think about it..
  8. Ropewalk

    Don, I don't know the brand. It's a spool ( in picture above ) I picked up some time ago.. May have been Walmart or a sewing store. I believe it is 100% cotton. It is made up of three strands.
  9. Ropewalk

    David, Thanks for the interest and kind words.. The larger line is 18 threads. Made with three groups of 6. The smallest line I can make is with 2 threads, ( smaller line in the picture ) and determined by the size of the thread itself, which I don't have the particulars on. Of course, finer thread would yield some smaller line..
  10. Ropewalk

    Not sure why you have a problem with ' sewing ' thread.. It is typically what I use, with satisfactory results..
  11. Serv-O-Matic as art?

    Hope you get it to market before it shows up on eBay as the Peking Rope Dragon... It looks like it would be a nice upgrade from my home made version...
  12. No way to know without a rigging plan.. They could be any number of lines..
  13. On models such as this, making bands of this type can easily be made with black card stock. A little matte varnish and you are good to go.
  14. The tackles with a hook and an eye bolt in the bulwark would not be out of the question, but the rig pictured looks like it would go afoul of the deck house as shown. Placing the standing end closer to the transom would make more sense. The running end would belay to a nearby cleat. Here is a picture of a contemporary model from the National Maritime Museum.. It appears that a single tackle is attached to the transom, with lots of rope to allow the boom to travel. Another configuration would be with a traveler, where the tackle is hooked onto a steel rail that allows it to ' travel ' from side to side.