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EZ Line rigging for ships

In an effort to create realistic and complicated rigging on my Tamiya 1/350 scale USS Missouri, I first tried stretched sprue. The results were subpar in all measures: Diameter and shape were inconsistent, it was hard to attach to the brass masts I had created, and it was difficult to get the proper tension. Then I thought of EZ Line. It’s chiefly sold for stringing telephone poles on model railroad layouts, but aircraft modelers use it, too. It’s an elastic polymer that stretches many times its length, so it doesn’t break if you bump it. Even more importantly, it adheres instantly with super glues. You can make beautiful 90-degree connections and, once it’s glued, the joint is stronger than the polymer. And if you accidentally bump the rigging (as I always do), it just stretches out of the way and bounces back perfectly. I chose .003", which is very fine for 1/350 scale ships: black for radio wires, “rope” for halyards. It looks great and makes rigging very enjoyable. 

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