silverfoxes Posted June 9, 2014 Share #1 Posted June 9, 2014 (edited) A question for the more nautically educated of our members. Many of us are familiar with the 1/96 scale plastic Revell USS Constitution kit. I myself am in the process of building it for the third time in my life. During all of those builds, I've never thought to question any of the instructions until now. I guess you could say that it's a rigging question and quite familiar to those who have built this model. On page 5, step 6 of the instructions for the old H-398 kit, the modeler is instructed to cut six 24" lengths of the large diameter tan thread. They are then told to thread three of these lines per side through the hull and tie them off underneath. My question is - just what purpose did/do these three sections of rope serve on the actual ship? Help stabilize the hull in some manner? I wonder if these rope lines have always been on the ship, or if they might just be a result of a more recent restoration/rebuild (1927?). While doing research in the 1950's for their USS Constitution model, Revell may have then automatically incorporated these ropes into their kit. I am building my Connie to be as close to her July 19, 1812 configuration as i can possibly ascertain, and I wonder if she actually had these ropes during that time frame. Does the Hull model show these ropes going around the ship's hull? Would appreciate any input from the rigging experts on the forum. Edited June 9, 2014 by silverfoxes Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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