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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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  • Birthday 08/14/1953

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    Anything to do with Sailing! Scuba & Travel

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  1. Visit To England

    Mike - First off, Germany is definitely on the list for a future trip. My wife lived there while Husband #1 was in the army. And one of the reasons I am going to Chatham is for the models. Again everyone this is a great group. I do hope to be able to help any of you if you decide to come to Seattle. I think I can dig up a couple of modelers. PS The Admiral has already said that New Zealand is in the works for the Cup! We already have a NZ flag given to us by one of the crew when we were in San Francisco.
  2. Visit To England

    I want to thank everyone for their suggestions and insight. This is exactly what we needed. Based on your help the Admiral has consented to a quick 1/2 day side trip from Bath to Bristol. Apparently there is a wonderful Cathedral! And then train from Bristol to London. She loves Egypt and so the British museum is a must. It is not yet confirmed. But I may be allowed to visit Chatham for a day while she spends a 2nd day and maybe more at the British. We have rented a flat for 2 weeks in Kensington not far from the river. Besides all the sites I am interested to enjoy just living in a neighborhood. Harvey - I think you know her well enough to know that suggestion would never fly. Keith - With the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, the Submarine Museum, & the Royal Yacht Squadron. Let alone some misc. smaller attractions. I say only 4 days? Lets just hope the new aircraft carrier is in port. Also Keith thanks for the list of places in London. There are a couple there I did not have on the list. And Keith I am told that the Queen goes to the countryside (Scotland) for 2 months every year, August & September . So we will be able to tour the Castle.
  3. Visit To England

    I know there is so much to see. but I am past the point where I want to cram everything in one visit. We have a AirBnB flat of our own for 2 weeks in London. There is so much to do just there. So I think we will limit our trip this time to Bristol/Bath, Portsmouth (wife spends a day in Salsbury/Stonehenge). While in London we will make short side trips to Chatham & Greenwich. We have tickets to see a musical, a play, and Beethoven's 9th at prince Albert hall. There is so much more I want to see. But I also don't want to just satisfy a checklist. There will be other trips. Thanks for the tips on Chatham & Bristol. And I will shorten my visit to Greenwich. Much to the wife's delight.
  4. Visit To England

    The admiral is going to disown me!
  5. Visit To England

    I am retiring this year. and as a way of celebration the Admiral and I plan To visit England in September. We will spend 4 days in Portsmouth, 2 in Bath, and 2 weeks in London. I would love some suggestions of Nautical interests that I should see. I am sure you can guess why 4 days in Portsmouth. And of course a day or 2 at Greenwich & the NMM. Any other suggestions?
  6. Fusion 360

    It is a powerful program. And as such there is much to learn. But if you take it in bite size pieces I think you will find it rewarding. And yes it took me much longer to learn and I am still learning than TinkerCAD. But you can do so much more. I suggest you install and when you want a break from your latest modeling project you watch video on YouTube. I have a dual monitor on my desktop PC. I run the video on one monitor and Fusion on the other. I frequently stop the video and repeat what is being displayed on Fusion. I have found this very instructive. When you are ready to get serious about the basics I strongly suggest a class - https://www.udemy.com/designing-for-3d-printing-with-fusion-360/ This class only costs $14.00 and it is 4 hours long. It Starts with the assumption that you have never used CAD. It show you how to 3D print several basic items. each item has been chosen to teach you something new about Fusion. It also builds confidence. For $14 it is hard to go wrong. One of the lessons teach you how to install Fusion for free. Enjoy!
  7. Fusion 360

    I couldn't have said it better. And now that I into it my modeling is suffering.
  8. Fusion 360

    I have recently become a F360 disciple. I am new to CAD but I am very impressed with Fusion. I am having way too much fun. It is a professional grade S/W and it is free. It supports 3D as well as 2D drawings. It also does simulations and animation. I doubt you will find something your heart desires that it cannot do. The support is outstanding. There is a regular Video every week from Autodesk which you can join live. and after the session it is posted to YouTube.
  9. HMS Pandora

    If you can create an STL. I have the printer. The most common request I get from fellow modelers is can you make a scale crew member. I would love to collaborate!!
  10. HMS Pandora

    OMG! This is Magnificent! How long have you been working on this? I must confess I have been dabbling in CAD recently and I have caught the bug. I will never do something like this. but I am enjoying the power provided. I do have a question - I am sure you are aware that many of us would love to have crew that are to the right scale as our models. It add life and perspective. Would it be possible for me to buy some of your crew from you and print them on a 3D printer?
  11. I don't have 1/2 as many models as Jim but I too always pin.
  12. I want to Thank everyone who has contributed to this discussion. For me it has been an exciting and steep learning curve. but very rewarding. Terry - I want to apologize I did not see your post until recently. If you go to my Syren build log you will see that I have temporarily solved my immediate challenge. But I have dove much deeper. I am now using Fusion 360 to make designs for 3D printing, CNC, & Laser cutting. I have become a member of the local Maker Space where they have all the tools I could imaging. They even have a CNC lathe where I could turn my cannons out of metal rod. I look forward to many long hours in that workshop building a multitude of different projects.
  13. Ok further update on my journey. I attended my class yesterday. The class was billed as Tinker CAD & 3d printing. I found that all 3 of the printers in the workshop were down for 1 reason or another. I also found that the TinkerCAD training was geared for a beginner. Someone who had never seen CAD or a computer. So frustration for me. I explained my project. I also asked why TinkerCAD instead of SketchUP. He said tinker CAD was easier to learn and teach. But he agreed SketchUP was better. Then he tried to sell me his services. He offered to design my Carronade and print it for a price. That was not my plan. I wanted to use this opportunity to learn CAD and 3D printing. So My question to you is can you suggest SketchUP training. Most of what I see on the web is intended for a business and priced accordingly. I don't see much for the hobbyist. I will continue my search for access to a quality 3D printer. Grrr
  14. Mamoli kit

    In My opinion Mamoli isn't one of the best brands. their instructions are incomplete and limited English skills. their wood quality is poor. If you want to do the Constitution Model shipways has the best kit.
  15. Withdrawal

    But at least I got more modeling done!

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