Modeler12 Posted January 14, 2015 Share #1 Posted January 14, 2015 (edited) Ratlines have always been tricky to install on ship models. My hands are very clumsy and tying the rat lines to the shrouds was near impossible. So, I resorted to using a needle and thread approach. At least the outside shrouds were punched through and a tiny drop of AC glue held them in place. Then I ran into a very tight spot when I had to add rat lines to the futtock shrouds. They slope backwards and the other parts up there got in the way. I decided to glue the rat lines and the best way to hold them in place was using some contact adhesive. Then after that was dried I added a drop of AC glue to permanently hold the ends in place. It worked although the result was not pretty. I decided to try this a bit more on a larger scale. Below you can see the simple fixture I used to hold eight shrouds. Mind you, this was strictly an experiment. I was not particular about the size of line and the overall lengths but I did want to have some spaces in between, similar to a real set up. Then I took sections of rat line, masked the ends with a couple index cards and sprayed the adhesive on the exposed lines. The tacky adhesive was enough to hold the lines to the shrouds and the placement was relatively easy. After the glue had dried, I went back and added a tiny drop of CA glue to every joint. I let it cure for several hours and then trimmed the excess lines. To make it look more uniform I also gave it a quick coat of spray paint, but that was not really necessary. I am sure some of you may not go along with this idea, but for small scale projects It could be a nice way to go. It sure beats pricking my fingers every half hour with a needle. Edited January 15, 2015 by Modeler12 GaryKap, Geoff Matson, JerseyCity Frankie and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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