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      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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  1. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Thank you Nils, with your wonderful models I really appreciate the compliment.
  2. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Carl, would an Albatross do ? Ken, there is just no pleasing some people !! Boyd, I love you !!
  3. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    And finally, finally, I didn't like the stand much. It was too low and so now we have the dogfight from the ceiling !!
  4. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    I don't know why, it just happened that way and I think you are right - another hole in the ceiling !!!
  5. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    And finally ........... on it's provided stand and appropriately, under the Sopwith Camel !! (I still might fly it from the ceiling.)
  6. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    I am so sorry Boyd that I was so slow !! No ship in a bottle for me. My next project is actually a plastic Bandai kit of a traction engine. I built it many years ago and gave it away but I really want to do it again as I remember it making up into a super model. After that I now have two more planes in my stash, the Albatross and the Curtiss Jenny, a Dennis fire engine and a London tram which again I have built before but very badly so I want to do it properly next time. so no boats for a while.
  7. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Well folks, another project bites the dust ! The Fokker is complete except for the stand. I am waiting for some acrylic glue to make it up with unless I decide to fly it from the ceiling as planned alongside the Sopwith. Thank you all for watching, showing interest and all your comments. They make the build more fun for me. Anyway, some pictures for you which hopefully you will enjoy.
  8. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Yes Danny, too late for holes. As you can see I did decide on the half cover option in the end, as much as anything to keep the theme Mark.
  9. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Some advice please viewers. The undercarriage on this plane was formed like a forth wing. On the model it is made of ribs like a wing and thin covered with very thin sheet metal. In view of the fact that I am half covering this model should I have cover this as well or do it all as per the pictures on the box ?
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    What a fabulous model. I am so envious of such wonderful work.
  11. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    The top wing is installed - what a fight that was trying to line up with the spars and glue them - it is covered, rigged and painted. Next step is the undercarriage
  12. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Upper wing ready to go on.
  13. Continental Sloop Providence

    What a delightful little boat beautifully made. My compliments to you.
  14. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    There has been a slight problem with the kit. The cowl that goes over the fuel tank etc sits a wee bit too high at the back. It fits fine at the front and I notice on the instructions photographs that the discrepancy is there as well so it's not my fault. As a result the machine guns also sit about 3mm too high so I have had to modify their mounts somewhat. It's taken me ages but I think they look ok now and won't look too noticeable. I should say that the guns themselves were an absolute beast to make up. Rolling brass is great fun and those cross hairs are so tiny they would break in a breath.
  15. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    The reason is that I painted the Sopwith in the livery of Arthur Brown who was credited with shooting down the Baron so Iwanted the Fokker to follow the story so to speak.

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