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Jesse, those ratlines look so real. Seizing the ends to the shrouds to me is the real key here. I always have trouble with some of the ends coming undone if I just use a clove or a luggage hitch on them. Next time, I am going to use your technique for sure. Thank you.

 

BTW, I used to think that tying the clove hitches was a lot of work, but I think if I counted the number of seizings I have had to do on the Constitution rigging, it would be a lot more than the number of clove hitches in the ratlines.

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I finished the ratlines. Did them on the futtock shrouds too.

On 4/10/2018 at 6:23 PM, BETAQDAVE said:

How did you get that realistic sag in the ratlines and how did you get it to stay put?

I failed to give enough detail. After tying off the lines the watery glue is brushed on and let dry to seal all the line ends where they are tied and hitched. Shape as needed as the glue gets about half-way dry. When the whole thing is done I water brushed them to thin down any areas where the glue may show on the knots and hitches. You want them to look like you just tied them. After all this I usually do another light brushing of water with a drop or two of paint to match the original rope color to mask any glue washed look to them. This is a very light wash. I immediately dry it by lightly pressing front and back sides between my fingers where space allows this. I try to have cut pieces of cloth like handkerchief material around my fingers. You can also use cotton swabs in hard to reach areas. I have chosen dark brown instead of black rope for my standing rigging so I had a drop of black and brown in the wash. This can sometimes slightly tighten it up when the wet ropes dry. I learned this from my flagpole ropes outside. You can also use a stain for this if you want instead of the water/paint wash. I don't like it as well because to me the ropes turn out looking more wet/oily looking from the stain. The water paint wash leaves them flat and dry looking like regular rope. I know some will think this overkill but I love the final resulting look.

 

Jesse

 

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It has been a while again. Health and wife....umm...I mean life, keeping from the workbench.

 

I have been working on the Main and Fore Topmast Shrouds. Got 2 sets on the fore and while working on the main there were some kids in the house wanting to see trying to climb all over me and they made me accidentally cut the shroud right in the middle. Part of it was served, both deadeyes already tied on and I did not want to have to re-do all this. Very frustrated. 

 

Jesse

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The next day before starting all over I thought I would test an idea I've had but never tied. I have read in books how they spliced ropes together sometimes. This would be a good time to see if I can do this at this scale. I untwisted the strands of the other end of the shroud that had a lot extra still on the end that had not been cut off. Untwisted the cut side, spaced these two together to the correct length and re-twisted the rope together. Luckily this line naturally went right back in place very well. I painted it with watered down white glue and CA the spot at each end where the splicing ended. When the glue dried ans everything was trimmed up it was good as new.

 

Jesse

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Sorry to hear about wife ... uhhh , excuse me,  life getting in the way. Looks a very good .. double splicing ... should have known you come up with something like that

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things happen for a reason.........testing you to see if you can outwit the model  ;)    I'd give anything to have my grand kids climb all over me......I just don't see them enough { I'm sure to get my fill when I do see them though ;) }   nice repair........there is no real rule that all dead eyes are equal in length.  if they are off  a tad,  it's fine.   I feel it makes the model look more life like.   I hope all is better now......your dedication to this model is highly admired  :) 

you've done a superb job on her !

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23 hours ago, Piet said:

Beautiful work on the splice JesseLee.  Yeah, stuff happens sometimes but - they say it builds character :)

    I guess that I would second that assessment!  Of course that was just another opportunity to use some more of that innovative problem solving that you are so good at.  That is something that we have in common and it's one of my favorite things about modeling. ;)

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Thanks for all the comments and likes. 

 

It has been a while. Health condition is slowing me down. The hardest part is getting used to the fact that getting less done is probably going to be the new norm.

I have started working on the topmast shrouds and ratlines. Very slow but plugging along!

 

Jesse

 

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Nice work, Jesse, ratlines are looking very realistic.

 

I do not see a lot of difference between your workspace and mine, but fo the additional stacks of paper I've got, and a few boxes ... makes me feel at ease ;) 

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