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  1. Kirill4, thanks for the great information as always. I've seen the needle technique before but I like the look of the seized threads to the shroud, again the picture makes it look much bigger than it is in real life and it's pretty subtle when you view the real model, it works for me at least. For the bowsprit spar I just decided to lash it to the bowsprit. I can see from the picture you included that it's probably not historically accurate and something I'll improve on the next model I do. For this kit I'm not going to go too far away from the plans.
  2. Finishing Mast Stays and Mast Stays Tackle: Finished up the rest of the mast stays, the mizzen mast stay has the rope fans that attach to the shrouds which I wasn't sure how I would do but they turned out to be fairly straightforward. I just seized three lines on the shroud and then working from inside to outside threaded the threads through the piece that holds them and then seized them in place on the shroud. Tying the seizings less than full tightness let me adjust the tension on each one to try and get that as even as possible. I would have liked to put a little more tension on
  3. Update As I progressed on doing the ratlines I realized that I think I was tying the taught line hitches incorrectly. If done correctly the last loop or hitch around the shroud would reverse direction and come out going back to the center of the shrouds. So I switched to what I believe was a correct taught line hitch but the knots often came loose very quickly and I found I was relying on the glue to keep the knot taught, which I didn't like. So I then switched back to the first knot I had used which is basically a clove hitch with a double loop around the shroud on the first loop,
  4. Ratlines are done! Finished up the ratlines. I had stated earlier that I was using a taught line hitch on the end shrouds but as I was going and looking at the diagram of a taught line hitch I realized that I wasn't tying it properly, at least I don't think I was. Done correctly the last part reverses direction and the end of the line would come out pointing back to the center of the shrouds so I started doing it that was thinking it would be better to have the last bit of line coming out inside instead of outside. As I progressed on the ratlines using the correct taught line hitch
  5. Thanks, I think the first picture was so close up that I think it may have made the ratlines look bigger than they really are, and the knots did look like they were going to come apart which led to my looking for another way to do that and came up with the taught line hitch for the ends.
  6. After posting a thread on the Rigging forum and getting some ideas for the knots on the ends of the ratlines I decided to use a taught line hitch on the ends and of course the clove hitch on the middle shrouds. I think I'll continue to use the thread supplied in the kit for the ratlines even though it might not be the perfect size. Just working through and getting all of them done now.
  7. Thanks for all the information and ideas. I've decided to put a taught line hitch on each end and the clove hitch on the shrouds in the middle. Here are my results so far.
  8. Tied a test with the taught line hitch and it seems much better, like that a lot, thank you. I believe I have the taught line hitch correct.
  9. I also wondered about that, the instruction diagrams very specifically show them starting right above the deadeyes, in the seizing so for the trial at least I did it that way. It would certainly be easier to start above the seizings as one of the clove hitches fell right on the edge of a seizing knot and really tended to go up or down.
  10. Starting the ratlines on my 1577 Revenge and I've found a lot of information on how to tie the clove hitches on the interior shrouds but almost nothing on how the ratline would be attached at the first and last shroud other than just more clove hitches. For testing I've put a clove hitch on the first and last rope but for some reason it just doesn't look right to me (not that I'd know) and the pictures I've found of period reconstruction ships just don't show enough detail for me to see how it was done. It seems to me that a clove hitch on the end would come loose pretty easily so I feel that
  11. Starting Ratlines: All my shrouds are in and I added some of the mast stays just to be sure everything was firmly in place and I'm ready to start the ratlines. I read several forum threads about the color of the ratlines trying to decide between the natural and black and finely decided that neither was what I wanted and that I needed to color the natural thread a bit darker and see how that looked. I tried several things to stain the thread but nothing really worked like I wanted it to until I tried using a Prismacolor marker. I took a Light Umber marker and the best method I found
  12. The bowsprit is off center. Since it passes by the foremast my assumption is that it had to be. Thought that was an interesting detail as well.
  13. I have considered that and when I start my next kit I will probably get one. I'd also like to get some clamps specifically for the hull planking but will need to look into what's available and which ones would work best for me.
  14. kirill4, your english has been fine, no problem there. I did what you suggested and the pictures are below. I think it looks very good, now I'm not even sure what I saw that made me do it the other way. I will probably just tie the futtock shrouds off where they are, it really doesn't look that different from the other side since I made a similar loop around the staff just with smaller thread. I will probably be able to live with the difference and just use this method going forward. Many thanks to you and xodar in helping me understand what is going on here.
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