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Royal William by marktiedens - FINISHED - Euromodel - scale 1:72

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Hi everyone,another overdue update. All the topmast shrouds are now done. The camera is brutal,but they look ok from a foot away;). I have also started doing some of the ratlines for a change of pace. Cow hitches were used on the end shrouds,with clove hitches on all the others. This may take some time...............

 

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Mark

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Mark, you have received many well-deserved comments and Ken is right about your detailed work. There are easier ways to do the ratting BUT your method (i.e. your knots) is producing work that draws the observer's eyes straight to the rigging. So, its a well done from me as well ! Its a tricky one but the idealistic way of doing ratting is to have the ratlines perfectly straight but in reality, the lines would be far from being a straight line. So on that point also, well done.

 

Two questions ...

1. What method are you using to ensure uniform spacing between the ratlines ?

2. Are you fixing the knots with glue to hold them in place ?

 

Pete

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Thanks Pete - I actually try to have a slight sag in the ratlines between the individual shrouds.

 

To answer your questions - 1.only my eyes - I have done so many ratlines in the past that I have gotten fairly good at it

                                        2.I am using diluted Elmer`s white glue on the knots - about a 70 to 30 glue to water ratio. Any thinner than

                                           that & the knots will not stay put. It`s still thin enough to disappear when dry.

 

Mark 

                                       

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shrouds look great!   really like the way you have them terminated and spaced. :)  good luck with the ratlines.....I agree about the sag.......after all,  the shrouds are adjustable and they need the extra room to move ;)   {in real application,  of course}.

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A little update - I was unhappy with the ratlines - line is a little too large & many of the knots did not look so good - especially near the top of the shrouds where they are very close together,so off they came. I am re-doing them with smaller line - about .018 inch. The clove hitches are now much tighter & neater looking as you can see in the picture. Gotta love re-do`s.

 

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Mark

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G'day Mark 

Your eyes for details would be the death of you my mate. 😁😆 But I can see now that you are correct, but I must admit that it takes a very brave, or a person whom like punishment, to redo those rats.

The result shows that you are 110% correct. 

Bloody brilliant job mate 

Greg 

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Mark,

What a champion effort - to have completed the ratlines, taken them off and redone them sounds like a nightmare but the end result is magnificent and one that puts your mind at ease. If there were a medal to give for persistence, you would receive it.

 

Pete

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