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    • kurtvd19

      An Incentive to Start A Build Log - New Plan Set from the NRG   03/17/2018

      An Incentive for Starting a Build Log

      The NRG’s Generic East Coast Oyster Sharpie plan sets have been selling out – we had to reorder prints 2X already.

      BUT nobody has started a build log yet.  As an incentive we have decided to reward the first three (3) MSW / NRG members who purchase the plans and start and continue* actual build logs** from the plans. 

      The build logs should be started in the scratch built forum and labeled with Generic Sharpie – by “your ID”.  When we have six or more build logs up and running we will set up a group build area for the Generic Sharpie build logs.

      The winners will be able to pick any one of the prizes listed below:

      Free registration for one day at 2018 or 2019 NRG Conference                  ($145 value)

      Shop Notes 1 and 2 set                                                                         ($60 value)

      Nautical Research Journal – all content set                                              ($145 value)

      4 CD's or 1 flash drive         

      Continental Galley Washington Plan set                                                    ($65 value)

      1 year NRG membership or extension                                                      ($50 - $62 value)



      *“Continue” means that multiple posts containing build log content must be made for a minimum of 30 days after the initial post.  Logs will be tracked by starting date and the first 3 that have continued for 30 days following their initial post will be declared the winners.

      **Note the words “actual build logs” – no fair showing a few pieces of wood and going no further just to win. 


      The NRG has a new set of plans available for purchase with a free 200+ page full-color monograph .  Check the NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD NEWS forum below for details.  This plan set is developed for the first time scratch builder with limited tools and experience.  All materials are standard strip stock available from hobby wood suppliers.  However, it is also a great project for the more experienced builder looking for a smaller project to take a break from the bigger builds.  Remember MSW Members who provide us their real name are considered members for the discounted price.  An email or call to the office before you order with your real name and MSW user name before you order is needed for the discount code.

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  2. Very interesting. What is your technique for slicing the balsa to a thickness of 1/64"?
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  4. rigid ratlines

    I believe that wooden battens were used on ship operating in polar waters mainly. A wet, frozen ratline could break easily. Sailors would not be barefoot under those conditions, but would be wearing seaboots, which would exert heavy wear on rope ratlines.
  5. No. 2 are some sort of fairleads indeed, or half-clamps. When hauling-down a line, it is not so easy to put it around the belaying pin, while there is pull on it; if you hook the line onto the fairlead, the friction reduces the pull and you can handle the end more easily. No. 3 looks like an 'eyebolt' in which a line is secured with a 'stopper knot' at the end; these were use on the inside of bulwarks in pairs to secure rope-ladders for getting on-board. No. 1 is too blurred, but if nos. 1 are the same on both images, than it would be the same as No. 2.
  6. brunelrussel, could you just put up a link to the picture in question ? I also get assorted unuseful results. In addition to the more common vertical machine telegraphs, in the earlier days also horizontal ones were in use. Machine telegraphs on the bridge are connected by wire to an equivalent device in the engine-room. With the lever you set the desired speed/direction, which is indicated to the engineer by hand connected to the lever; the engineer has to confirm your instruction by moving his handle over the hand, which in turn moves the hand on your device; if both conincide the instruction was received and acknowledged. There were also bells connected to the device to attract attention. The 'thing' could also be a rudder indicator ...
  7. Haven't actually heard of the 'fan' as proportional dividing tool before I used a simple paper strip for each frame/bulkhead to take off the circumference and subdivided the measured circumference into an equal number of strakes/planks of calculated (pocket calculator) width, beginning from the middle of the ship. If the plank width becomes too wide at the end(s), you will have to add stealers and vice versa. There are usually certain strakes that run uninterruptedly along the whole length and that have a fairly uniform width, namely the wales. These planks should be put into place first, dito the strake along the keel. The remaining spaces then are subdivided as appropriate. 'Fitting' the planks is a good advice and follows prototype practice. Trying to shape a priori all planks is likely to lead to frustration and poor fit ...
  8. Swedish warships are bunkered inside mountains.
  9. Them Old Jokes

    A proposal to beat the carpet monster ?
  10. Them Old Jokes

    I’m lost!
  11. Tallow historically was more commonly used as a lubricant for steam engines than it probably was for candles. It was one of the few lubricants that handled the steam and heat well. Lou
  12. Them Old Jokes

  13. The fat from the beef is tallow. Allergic to beef, I discovered that some Mickey D add it to the vegetable oil to flavor FF. Never would have had a reason to know about it otherwise. I seem to recall from a school trip to Colonial Williamsburg it was used for candles, but did not bother to know what it was. Since you are likely to be inside your home and not a dirt floor shed, you may wish to forego the animal fat and try Mineral Oil from your pharmacy. The spinning may spray and a rancid streak on the wall behind your bench or ceiling above may not be easily seen but still provide an unpleasant odor. Sears used to sell quarts of light machine oil, can't find it now, so I use MO instead.
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  15. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Started putting on the tile glue paste one side after another. Put on about 5-7mm and used a hard bristle brush going from down to up to imitate the thatch. It looked good after it was all done. Then over time once it starts to dry it all settled a bit flat, like frosting on a cake. It is still drying in the garage and I am assuming that tomorrow it has hardened completely. I will take a coarse wire brush and add more ridges to the sides. I did notice in one small area which is already dry the material is is hard and does not come off when scratching with a finger nail. Tomorrow part 2 Also painted the underside of 2 pieces dark blue. In Dutch it is called t'hemeltje (little heaven). Marcus
  16. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Bill Here is one that is a little closer to home to you. Still a pretty sad story though. https://www.skykomishhotel.com/skykomish-commits-municipal-suicide/ We went there about twenty or twenty five years ago and even though showing its age here and there was really impressive inside. Lou
  17. The 36th annual Joint Clubs Conference and Show will be held this Saturday, April 28 at the Port N Starboard Banquet and Conference Center at Ocean Beach Park in New London Connecticut from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The host Club this year will be the Ship Model Society of New Jersey. They have planned a super event and will also be holding a raffle for a Byrnes' Saw. You can register at the door for the Conference or pay a small general admission fee to see the large display of ship models and shop the vendors that will be on hand. Each year this show continues to grow and this one should be the best yet. I hope to see you there. You will not be disappointed.
  18. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Well ,That's good the old wooden places are surviving. Maybe modern fire prevention methods are improving the longevity of them. Cool buildings, I was sorta thinking the only existed in the minds of eastern model railroaders.;)
  19. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Probably costs a small fortune to maintain one of those old hotels. Here in Florida, the original "Cracker" houses were built with pine from virgin Florida forests. The pine was so hard and tight grained, you had to use case hardened nails to hammer one in. No way in heck could you drive a modern nail into that wood it was so hard and dense. My grandfather's old house was built with it as was most all the old original Florida homes. Unless it burned or was torn down, that same wood still exists today as hard and beautiful as ever. They just don't have any more of it available now. A business where one of my sons works builds custom furniture. They bought a huge pile of the old pine from the demolition of the old Biltmore Hotel in Pinellas County. Beautiful 100+ year old pine. https://www.abandonedfl.com/belleview-biltmore-hotel/
  20. Machining copper stock.

    Lard - I remember as a kid my Mom collected ALL the meat fat in empty metal coffee cans then put them once a week on the front porch stoop for some guy in a truck to collect the "lard" so they could make soap, lard, grease, and other things for the war effort - that's WW II - yes, I am that old.
  21. Machining copper stock.

    More important perhaps that cutting fluid is the need for tools to be absolutely sharp! Rake angle can also be a factor...less is better but only if the tool is dead sharp. And small cuts....
  22. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Bill, some of those old Victorian style hotels/boarding houses still survive here in the Catskills of NY. Most are in pretty good shape too.
  23. rigid ratlines

    I believe that most sailors working in the tops were barefoot so would the rope ratlines be better for them? Wood ratlines on a warship where the shrouds might need repair under battle conditions would probably be more of a of a workload (PIA) then the conventional ratlines. JMHO Cheers, Harley
  24. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    John,that's a great model of an old firetrap. I love that style of architecture but I think most of them have burned.
  25. Ship paintings

    Great! I still think that your tall ship illustrations are some of your best stuff.
  26. rigid ratlines

    Thanks a lot for all the comments guys. This is one of the great things about this forum, many different views on just about any facet of ships, be it models or full size ships! I figured that someone here would be able to come up some answers, or at least where to look for them.
  27. What have you received today?

    Kurt, Sounds like a plan, will hold one for you. Also if anyone buys one elsewhere and brings it to the conference I will also sign them.
  28. She was also the first ship sunk by the CSS Virginia (Merrimack)
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