I am building the Revell plastic kit and the shrouds that the ratlines are tied to appears to be smooth. In my book The Vasa, there is a photo showing where the shrouds are tied around the masts at the tops in the museum and they appear to have a smooth covering. The Stolt drawings show the shrouds as normal rope with the ratlines tied. What would be the correct way to model them as I am intending to build the model as she appeared on the fateful day when she went down. Any help here would be appreciated. If the smooth Revell shrouds are correct then it will save me a lot of work.
Near the top where they pass around the masthead, shrouds are served. That is, they are wrapped with thinner line in tight wraps to protect the shroud lines from wear. On a model, that makes them appear smooth. You could wrap the shrouds with very thin black thread. Tie one end of the thread to the shroud at the top, glue the knot, wrap the shroud tightly with no gaps, and tie off the end, with glue on the last wrap. Repeat for each shroud line. You do not serve the entire shroud line, only in the portion where they pass around the masthead, and a small distance down.