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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. This is an absolutely incredible model in every detail - your father is quite skilled! It's a nice story that you are helping to finish this and complete his vision. I wish I could help with the sails...but just wanted to say thank you for sharing this immaculate model. Good luck!
  2. Greatest 74 gun ship

    I would also say that it boils down to whether by "best" you mean from a practical usage perspective or from an aesthetics perspective. Folks know a lot more about this than I do here, but when I look at British ships, I see workhorses. When I look at French ships, I see pretty ships. Kinda like a Honda versus a Ferrari - the Ferrari is much nice to look at, but will always be in the shop.
  3. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Joe, thanks very much for that. Really appreciate the benefit of your experience with it. Sounds like my current mill size at 10” should be just fine. God help me if I ever work on pieces that are five feet long! Mike
  4. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Very cool wefalck! I wish I had the space to put something together like that. Right now I'm using two work benches put back to back for a "work island" so to speak. But, after adding my table saw, disc sander, thickness sander and mill, I don't have much room left for anything else if I want working space for my model. So, the lathe and certain other tools are on shelving units I am jealous of folks that have the room for separate work stations with different tools on them!
  5. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Hi again guys, thanks for all the thoughts and insight. I think I was able to locate the inch to metric conversion kit for the mill, which is about $126. Certainly cheaper than buying a new mill. I thought about selling the mill, and converting my lathe to a mill with the vertical attachment to save space and it would be a little cheaper (for example, I think you only need on DRO set up). Looks like the milling area would be really small though, so the option would be to buy a separate milling table and share the power system between the two machines. That saves a bit of money, but results in the same amount of space as two separately powered machines. So, probably not worth it. I took a look at my lathe, and saw what people mean by the tailstock getting in the way. I suppose I could always upgrade to a longer lathe if that ever becomes a real problem. I don't really have the space to accommodate a 3 foot lathe though with my current work space... So, probably keeping what I have makes the most sense at the moment. So, after all this, I think I'm back to where I started as to whether to buy a new mill, or just outfit my current one to metric. If I bought a new mill, it would only make sense if I got one with a bigger table. Is there any reason for ship modeling to upgrade from my current 10" table to a 12" table? I see that they also offer an 18" extended table for another $200. I'm guessing that the 18" bed might be nice to have, but it's not really necessary (and would take a lot of space)? Thanks again for all the input on this thread, I really appreciate it! I have to say that after all this recent research, I really am impressed with how Sherline makes things standardized as well as modular to adapt for various circumstances and budgets. I didn't quite get all that when I bought my mill and lathe.
  6. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Thanks guys! Love the building board with drawers idea - very clever! Mark, love your workshop. Twenty years from now when my kids are out of the house maybe I can claim one of their rooms and put together something like that.
  7. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    While I’m thinking about it, do you guys mount your mills and lathe? If so, what do you use? Thick plywood? Some other material?
  8. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Wow, thanks very much for all the responses! I really appreciate it, and they give me a lot to think about, so thank you all! If others have any thoughts, I’d very much welcome them as well. Thanks!
  9. I currently own the base Sherline mill (5000) and the 8" lathe with the upgraded hand wheels (4530). I bought both used on eBay, and have slowly accumulated a bunch of the accessories that would likely be needed for ship modeling. I saw that Sherline is offering the digital readout accessories (DRO) on sale this month, so was going to buy one for each (they would share the readout box). But, I realized that my mill is in inches while the lathe is in metric. I was hoping it wouldn't matter w'ith the DRO, but the screws, etc. are all calibrated so I'd still have to work in inches on the mill and in metric on the lathe. Since I pretty much only like to work in metric these days, I'm thinking of selling the mill and buying a new one that is metric. I'm thinking of going with the 5410, which has a slightly wider Y axis (5" versus 3") and a few other upgrades. In trying to work all this out, I was considering other alternatives: 1. Upgrade to 8-directional (2000) mill? The next model up that has 8 directional milling (the 2000 I believe) is nice, but probably overkill I think for what I would use it for. Anyone think the 2000 is worth it? I have the tilting and rotating tables, so to the extent I needed to mill at angles, I could change the angle of the working piece, rather than the mill. I'm sure there are various scenarios where one is better than the other, but I don't have enough experience to know for sure. 2. Instead, buy a new lathe with the vertical milling column? Is anyone using the vertical milling column setup? I understand that the "milling base" would be a little smaller than the base of the standalone mills, but is that a problem for modeling ships? Putting aside the hassle of having to sell both my mill and lathe, having one unit versus two would save some space in my workshop. It seems like Sherline has done a nice job of making it fairly easy to switch from milling to lathe work without much issue. I just don't know how much functionality one loses by combining the two machines. 3. Upgrade to 17" lathe? Another thing I could think about doing is upgrading to a longer bed lathe. I think I posted this before, but if I recall correctly, folks (including DVM) suggested the 8" was more than sufficient, and if I needed to mill longer pieces, planing those pieces would work better than having to try and support the longer thin piece on the lathe. Not to mention, the 17" lathe is almost a foot longer than the 8". Thanks in advance for any thoughts. If anyone is looking for a Sherline 5000 mill, feel free to PM me. I'd prefer to sell it to someone here than to have to list it on eBay.
  10. Byrnes saw sled

    I was just telling someone the other day who was building miniature display tables that he needed to look at Byrnes' tools. I went to Jim's site to copy the link, and happened to see the sled on his website - I plan on placing an order this week! His tools are incredible and well worth it if you can swing the price.
  11. Home Made Sanding Blocks

    Those look great. I've just been taking balsa blocks, and using rubber cement to attach sandpaper to them. Yours put mine to shame
  12. Danny thanks very much for that. Was good to see that is the case! https://www.sherlinedirect.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1520&CFID=143721392&CFTOKEN=15985857
  13. Thanks Bill - I've been meaning to get one but have been waiting to see it go on special. Forgot to check this month, so thank you! Good to know that you can use the display for both the mill and the lathe. Saves a bunch of change.
  14. Landlubber Mike's technique for furled sails

    The anti-fraying stuff works wonders. You end up getting a super clean cut as if you were cutting paper. Hopefully that should help. For the sail cloth material, I think if you're doing furled sails the weave and thickness matters much less. The thickness really only comes into play when establishing the bulk of the furled sail, so you just have to adjust the size accordingly. If I was to do it over, I'd probably add a tad more bulk, particularly on the jibs. I've seen pictures where the sails were furled that tightly into such a compressed form, and then others where there was more bulk. I'd still just get the thinnest material you can find, wash it a few times to soften it, and then iron it out. For my current builds, I'm going to try to use full sails. That will be a little trickier as the weave, thickness, etc. becomes more important. Good luck!
  15. To me, holly looks a little too light. But, I think it really depends on the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. It certainly works if you’re using it with woods of bright color and no grain (or if you’re using paint). If using darker colors, or woods with more grain, etc., it might not work as well.

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