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Make Your Own Rope Rigging

  • RopeWalk: ROPEWALK
Crewmate Den Holmes shows us his method of making your own rigging using a "Rope-Walk" in this Step-By-Step feature!

The term ropewalk drives a horrible fear into many ship model builders, and it becomes almost a matter of
avoiding the subject at all cost. However, for a very small "cost" and a little effort you can make your own
ropewalk. With only a few minutes of further time you can learn to use it productively. This ropewalk is 3' long,
and made out of pine.

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I have always liked the big sailing ships. I have also wanted to try building one of those big plank on ships (fav has always been "Old Ironsides"). This would be a great way to add detail to a ship like that. Great article and very informative.
FEB 22, 2008 - 05:53 AM
We made rope with a system similar to this in Boy Scouts. It took a good deal of time, but you had a good rope when you were done. That is one very good feature. Thank you for sharing this lost art with us.
FEB 22, 2008 - 08:41 AM
Awesome work Den. Thanks for sharing. later...Gator
FEB 23, 2008 - 06:53 AM
Nice rig, good pix, very handy tool! I can see use for this in the future...(hopefully not too far). Thanks Dennis, well done
FEB 23, 2008 - 03:19 PM
I have been looking at your instructions for building and operating a ropewalk. The comment attached to photo #20 says... "As you turn, the left end will try to move toward the right end since the rope is shortening due to the twisting of the yarns. Let the movement occur, but do not let the rope go slack." Question: Since both ends of the ropewalk are screwed to the baseboard, otherwise fixed in their position, how can movement occur? When I tried my ropewalk for the first few times, only a few inches of rope laid up, and as I continued to twist up the yarns, one finally broke because of too much tension. I'm feeling like a dunce, as though I did something wrong. Duuuuhhhh!
MAR 25, 2008 - 06:19 AM