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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.

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Nautical Research Guild
237 South Lincoln Street
Westmont IL, 60559-1917

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 “Advance Ship Modeling Through Research”. We provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model ships.

The Nautical Research Guild has published our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, since 1955. The pages of the Journal are full of articles by accomplished ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you the correct details to build. The Journal is available in both print and digital editions. Go to the NRG web site (www.thenrg.org) to download a complimentary digital copy of the Journal. The NRG also publishes plan sets, books and compilations of back issues of the Journal and the former Ships in Scale and Model Ship Builder magazines.

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