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You don't often see tackles attached to the pendants as they were not usually left in place once the purpose had been served. If you did wish to rig a tackle then it would probably be hooked to an eyebolt at the foot of the mast.


On my Pickle I fitted thimbles to the pendants rather than a block, but did not attach tackles.



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Just had a quick look at my instructions - I see what you mean but I cant see any "loose" pendants in any of the build pics. 


But there is some rigging which could possibly be using them in which case they wouldnt actually be tackle pendants !


My poor old eyes are weak this time of night.  I will have another look tomorrow

But BE is right and indeed an eye or thimble is more correct than a block if it is a tackle point

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Are these the usual pendants that go over the masthead first, and all the shrouds go on top of them? these are used for slinging heavy loads ect and when not in use they either simply dangle in space or are tied against the inner face of the shrouds so they dont sway and bang into the mast. There has been discussion of their disposition elsewhere on Model Ship World and probably people see them in different ways. I think most agree there is no tackle attached to them unless they are in use lifting a heavy object or used as a purchase for setting up the shroud lanyards. I myself have never understood their necessity yet they are seen on all ships. But I can imagine that if there was a need for a purchase above the deck in this location, the top or the masthead itself could serve as a place to attach tackle, and a pair of dedicated lines with oversized eyes on them would not be needed all the time. On the other hand you cant argue with the historical record so they must have been worth the trouble to have them there.

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