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Tow Ropes
« on: October 24, 2009, 02:09:02 »
I am not a Newbie on here but I am a Newbie to tug towing so I thought I would start this thread in this catagory  ;)

What is the ideal model tow rope made from and where can I buy some ? Obviously it has to be strong and durable so I look forward to hearing from other members as to what they use  :)

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 06:12:06 »
Hi Dan I use Bricklayers string line, Strong, durable & light.

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 09:03:56 »
Hello all, having access to a workshop full of all types of braided starter cord for petrol engines has its benefits   :D Yu could use anything from 2.5mm dia to 6mm dia to represent various types of towrope. Look at http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STARTER-CORD-ROPE-3-SIZES-CHAINSAW-MOWERS-GENERATORS_W0QQitemZ230373969630QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Home_Garden_GardenPowerTools_CA?hash=item35a35bcede and make your mind up.
When "making" the end, how I do it is to lay a short end back onto the mainline and hold the loop thus created in a vice jaw. Then i apply a little cyano glue to these parallel strands then whip a fine pice of cotton thread around them both. This gives a really strong loop and a quite distinctive clean finish to the tow lines.

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 11:49:05 »
What a great idea Jim, I would never have thought of starter cord!

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 11:56:50 »
I use Nylon braided cord. 1.5 mm, has a breaking strain of 45 kg. 2 mm, 89 kg. 2.4 mm,130 kg, and 3 mm, 234 kg. All obtained from my local yacht chandler, in white or black.
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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 12:19:32 »
Couple of my rope ends...
...  ;)

The second winch line is smaller, maybe 1.5mm.
It is woven back through itself about 7 times, then
the end is held down with shrink wrap.
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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 13:10:16 »
So how about an article on how to splice ropes for those of us that don't have a clue how to do it Umi?

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2009, 13:26:49 »
Is it possible to relate the diameter of the rope to a particular model scale?

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2009, 13:33:51 »
Hello all, a very good question Peter. I use the correlation of

1/32 scale 2.5mm = 3" ,  3mm = 4", 3.5mm = 6" , 4mm = 8" , 4.5mm =  12" ,  5mm = 16" ,  6mm = 20" I know it is not a straight line or vector scale
  Just a  rough guide  ;)

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2009, 13:53:21 »
So how about an article on how to splice ropes for those of us that don't have a clue how to do it Umi?

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Eddy

I don't think I ever explained it myself,....
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1017229

This is where I got my information... Splice and Bury....
http://www.sailingservices.com/running_rig/splicing/splice_instruc.htm

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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2009, 00:30:45 »
Thanks everyone for your input and answers / suggestions to my original question, alot of food for thought there for me to chew on  ;)

I would have said thanks earlier but as some of you may have noticed I have been away for a few days !

Many thanks again,

Kind Regards, Dan.
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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2009, 00:31:58 »
....Yes Dan, we have noticed.......Going AWAL is a straight "Yellow".. ;D ;D
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Re: Tow Ropes
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2009, 01:04:08 »
http://www.lankhorstropes.com/downloads.php

See splicing instructions 8/12 strands.