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Mr Elmo12 Oct 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

I see Warlord has rat lines on acetate for their Black Seas ships. That's great but there is still acetate between the lines.

I know photo etched brass has been around for a while and was wondering if technology has allowed for laser cut or perhaps 3D printed rat lines.

StarCruiser12 Oct 2019 7:32 p.m. PST

Laser etched? I don't think so… Most Laser Etching is not clean through the material but rather, etching the surface (glass, metal etc…).

There are tools out there for creating shrouds/ratlines with actual thread. Most are scaled towards larger models.

dragon613 Oct 2019 8:58 a.m. PST

Somewhere, relatively recently, someone posted a youtube of how to etch copper ratlines at home. Not home now and the phone doesn't have it

whitejamest13 Oct 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

Yes, those are definitely available from 3rd parties. You can order sets of ratlines for 1/700 ships here:


Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 7:13 p.m. PST

Brass photo-etched rat-lines from Langton. I can highly recommend them.


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