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  1. I do have the conversion chart on sheet 7 of the MS plans, but it only covers rope not the thread. After further research what I have discovered is that MS is using a flying tackle thread, mostly only available at fishing tackle stores and obviously on Amazon. The weight is 3/0 which is stronger than the typical sewing thread found in Hobby Lobby and sewing centers. The problem ordering online is that for one thimble costing $3.00 the shipping can be $8 - $10! I did talk to Chuck at Syren and his thread is .008" diameter vs. .005 for the 3/0 weight thread. Chuck did recommend, however, using a standard sewing thread as being sufficient for most our needs. I believe I have all the answers now for this topic and appreciate the help and comments from everyone. Thanks for your help. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  2. I have an old MS USS Constitution kit which I have resurrected and building; I'm up to the masting now. The kit uses part no. WP 2589 black 3/0 and WP 2587 tan 3/0 thread. Can anybody give me the equivalent thread size, and type, which I can purchase online, and where? I've searched Model Expo and they don't show that part no. any longer. Many thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX

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