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Jake2012
#1 Posted : 18 April 2019 03:35:59

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Greetings! I recently opened my pack 11 and the ratline pattern was missing. I have a call into customer service, but in the meantime I was wondering if there is someplace I could download the pattern or if anyone might be able to email them to me. Just checking as it seems that I may be waiting for a while for customer service to get back to me. Thanks!
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#2 Posted : 18 April 2019 11:18:20

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Hi Jake, are you based in the UK?

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#3 Posted : 18 April 2019 11:35:22

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Hi Alan,

I’m in the US.

Jake
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#4 Posted : 18 April 2019 12:11:08

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Hi Jake, thanks for the response... In all honesty, you don't really need the templates, each of the individual ratlines are set 5mm apart and are easy to do, albeit a little time consuming. You may also find this topic useful...

https://forum.model-spac...aspx?g=posts&t=9083

That said, if you really feel you need the templates then send me your postal address and I'll send the ones I have. Ensure you send your address via PM and not post in open forum.....Cool Cool

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#5 Posted : 18 April 2019 12:16:55

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Alan,

Thank you. Your information is very helpful. Knowing that the spacing is 5 mm, I can make my own template as a guide.

I appreciate your help.

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Jake
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#6 Posted : 18 April 2019 12:19:15

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Happy to help Jake, good luck with them.....Cool Cool

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#7 Posted : 15 June 2019 18:27:55

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I'm just on issue 101 and agree that the templates are not that important the ratlines are just spaced 5 mm apart. What's got me stumped is the magazine's suggestion on how to fit the ratlines - using a needle to thread them through the shrouds? The lower ones are 0.8 mm thick which might just be possible but the upper ones are only 0.5 mm..half a millimetre! for a first time builder like myself that's just impossible. The video in the link suggested by Gandale in post 4 of this thread looks to be a far better way of doing the ratlines. Thanks for the link.
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#8 Posted : 15 June 2019 22:27:12

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It takes longer but gives a much better result than the needle method
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#9 Posted : 15 June 2019 22:33:03

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#10 Posted : 23 June 2019 22:56:18

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Thanks for the tips, I've made a start on the ratlines and for me the clove hitch knot method is definitely the way to go. It is time consuming but you get into a routine and it becomes almost therapeutic! I did try the needle method but I made a right mess of it, getting the point of the needle through the middle of the shroud was tough but trying to get the eye of the needle through was impossible.. thanks again for the advice.
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#11 Posted : 23 June 2019 23:03:21

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Iminaright2an8 wrote:

Thanks for the tips, I've made a start on the ratlines and for me the clove hitch knot method is definitely the way to go. It is time consuming but you get into a routine and it becomes almost therapeutic! I did try the needle method but I made a right mess of it, getting the point of the needle through the middle of the shroud was tough but trying to get the eye of the needle through was impossible.. thanks again for the advice.


Know what you mean about using a needle to thread through the shrouds. I used a sewing thimble and a pair of long nosed pliers, not the best method but can be done with care. Clove hitch knot method certainly looks more authentic....Cool Cool

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#12 Posted : 21 July 2019 19:58:29

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One advantage I found in not using the templates in position was that I could get my fingers behind the shrouds making it a lot easier to form the clove hitch knots...but oh my...those knots..1000's of them..I swear i dreamt about them once! It wasn't for me but I can now understand and appreciate why the magazine suggested an easier and faster method. Anyway all done onwards and upwards! BigGrin
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Iminaright2an8 wrote:

I did try the needle method but I made a right mess of it, getting the point of the needle through the middle of the shroud was tough but trying to get the eye of the needle through was impossible..


On my last model, I used the needle method to make the ratlines and I found that if you get some beading needles from someone like Amazon, they pass through the shrouds much easier. I am intending to knot the ratlines on Victory mainly because I think it looks better, as others have said above.
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