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  1. The Captain's Cabin

    1. Questions/instructions on how to use and post to this forum/Site Problems or suggestions

      Important information for everyone regarding site controls etc. (How to post pictures, How to search the site etc). Please also post your site problems and suggestion in this forum.

    2. New member Introductions

      New member Introductions? Drop in, say hello and introduce yourself. All are welcome here!

  2. Member's Build Logs

    1. Build Logs for SHIP MODEL KITS

      Are you building a model from a kit, whose construction you wish to share with us? Let's watch those models grow! PLASTIC, WOOD, CARD or RC....it doesn't matter.


      If you're building a model from scratch, whether it be a tall ship, PLASTIC, CARD, WOOD, or RC, here is where to post your progress.

  3. Model Ship World Group Projects

    1. Medway Longboat (1742) plank on frame group project

      Build a POF model of the Medway Longboat (1742).   The group is building a kit which will be fully rigged with an option to add sails.  

    2. H.M.S. Triton, 28 gun frigate

      Welcome to the scratchbuild project of H.M.S. Triton, 1773. We are now OPEN AGAIN to new members

    3. Intro to carving - typical decorative relief carving for ship models

      This is an intro to carving. Basic stuff with no fully round carving such as figureheads. This group area is set up for folks who have never tried carving before. Laser cut blanks are available from the NRG so everyone can compare notes and techniques while carving the same design.

    4. General Info about group projects on Model Ship World and past groups archived

      Questions, request and criteria about starting a new group project on MSW

  4. Shop Notes, Ship Modeling Tips, Techniques and Research

    1. Nautical/Naval History

      If there's anything from our maritime history and heritage that you'd like to discuss or share, then this is where it goes.

    2. Ships plans and Project Research. General research on specific vessels and ship types..

      General discussion about Ships Plans and research on specific vessels for SCRATCH projects. Scratch building techniques and questions. Interpreting and drafting ships plans, etc.

    3. Building, Framing, Planking and plating a ships hull and deck

      Ask those questions, and seek those answers regarding the construction of a ships hull , framing, planking and plating.

    4. Discussion for a Ship's Deck Furniture, Guns, boats and other Fittings

      Ask those questions, and seek those answers regarding the construction of deck furniture, guns, ship's boats, and other fittings.

    5. Masting, rigging and sails

      Time to do the 'tricky work'? Here is where you can discuss all aspects of masting and rigging a model. You can also discuss model sails here.

    6. Model Tips and Tricks and Making Jigs

      Got a tip or trick to share? Got a question?Made a jig, or have a proven idea to help other modellers? Please share!

    7. Modeling tools and Workshop Equipment

      Tips on how to use a ship modeling tool, accessories and general discussion about their quality and usefulness. Where to get them?

    8. Metal Work, Soldering and Metal Fittings

      Discussion for working with metal, soldering tips and techniques. Blackening metal guide, and alternatives for using metal on ship model parts. Casting Metal.

    9. Wood discussion

      Where to use it? How to store it? What types are best? How to mill it? Where to get it? What's the best finish for it?

    10. Painting, finishing and weathering products and techniques

      A place where you can discuss the merits of acrylic and enamel, and those incredible weathering techniques. Painting and finishing of wood and plastic models.

    11. CAD and 3D Modelling/Drafting Plans with Software

      Created or designed a ship/boat in CAD or a virtual environment? Do you use graphics software to realise your projects? Post your discussion and progress in here.

  5. Ship Modeling News And Reviews.....Traders and Dealers...Ship Model Clubs

    1. General Ship Model Kit Discussions

      This is the place to discuss model kits in general and ask members questions relating to any such kit or kit manufacturer. If you have a question related to wood, plastic, card or RC model kits, you can use the appropriate sub forums.

    2. Reviews

      Here you will find all the reviews for our hobby products, from kits to tools, and more.

    3. Book and Magazine reviews and Downloads. Questions and Discussions for Books and Pubs

      We want to hear from you if you have read a book related to our hobby. Tell us what you thought/write a review. If you have a question about a book, or want to get an opinion on one, post it here. Download ship model publications and books found across the web.

    4. Traders, Dealers, Buying or Selling anything? - Discuss New Products and Ship Model Goodies here as well!!

      YOU MUST BE A MEMBER WITH 25 POSTS IN ORDER TO START A TOPIC or POST IN THIS FORUM. If you are a commercial dealer or supplier of any hobby related products, and want to announce a new product or promotion, contact the admin for info about becoming a sponsor of the site. No commercial advertising is allowed without the permission from MSW site administrators. All members need  25 posts on the forum before they are able to post in this area.

    5. NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD NEWS, Model Ship Clubs and Exhibitions and Events, Museums and Museum Ships

      News from the NRG, Ship Model Clubs and Organizations. Ship Model Events and shows. Interesting Maritime Museums and Museum reviews. Sailing replica ships.

    6. Important Links to ship modelling resources

      Raid your favourites list and drop us a line with links to your online ship modelling resources: modelling societies, tool and material suppliers, websites, forums, kit manufacturers, nautical history....

  6. The Crew's Lounge

    1. Nautical General Discussion

      Chat about anything ship-model related or nautical in nature. If you just feel like getting something off your chest, or have a valid hobby related topic, then here's where you would post it. Examine the other categories above before posting to see if there are other forums that would be a better choice for the subject matter.

    2. Shore Leave

      This is the area that many wanted, and perhaps didn't even know it. If your topic is nothing to do with the world of ships or ship modelling, then here is the place to post it. General chat, Birthday announces, non-ship models, etc.

      No politics. No religion. No inflammatory topics.


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About the NRG

If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild (NRG) is just right for you.

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model shipcraft.

The Nautical Research Guild puts on ship modeling seminars, yearly conferences, and juried competitions. We publish books on ship modeling techniques as well as our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, whose pages are full of articles by master ship modelers who show you how they build those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you what details to build.

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