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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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  1. Saint Columba’s curragh

    Thanks, Nils!
  2. Saint Columba’s curragh

    Registered Member #4036 Joined: Wed Aug 08 2012, 01:04am Posts: 31 This is a model of the 36’ curragh in which Saint Columba (a.k.a., Colmcille) travele from northern Ireland to the island of Iona in What is now Scotland, in 563 A.D. The model was built from scratch using traditional curragh building methods. A wooden frame was constructed that consisted of a double gunwale, and a basket-like frame of ribs (“hoops”) and stringers tied together with simulated leather sinew. A hand-sewn leather covering was then stretched around this frame and lashed to the double gunwale. Sails, rigging, and oars completed the model. A figure of Saint Columba was made from epoxy clay and positioned at the bow, in the act of releasing a ceremonial dove prior to the voyage. Another figure at the stern depicts a fellow monk, patiently waiting for Columba to finish his little ceremony.
  3. Lewis & Clark barge

    Nice looking model! This one is on my to-do list. Do you have plans, either your own or someone else’s?
  4. I am planning a 1/24 scale diorama that will include part of a square-rigger mast and at least one spar, maybe two. Given my chosen scale, It is critical for the sizes of the rigging lines and pulleys to be as accurate as possible. Any suggestions about where to find information about the actual sizes of pulleys and the full-sized diameter of rigging lines on fully-rigged ship would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Starboard bow

    Actually I intended the captain to be the fellow at the tiller. The white-haired guy at the bow is the avatar of my late father, who was himself a wonderful ship modeler and armchair nautical adventurer. I began doing ship models when I inherited his set of ship modeling tools and supplies, so I put a figure of him on all my models. So far, he has been in the Bounty's launch with Bligh, sailed in an Irish curragh with Saint brendan, crewed a 1930's Pitcairn Island wooden longboat, and now has journeyed from Cornwall to Australia on a fishing lugger. He gets around.
  6. Starboard side

    I am in the US. I made the model for a long-time friend whose mother is a distant relative of the captain. I learned so much about Cornwall and the Cornish fishing industry that Imwould like to visit the region someday.
  7. Mount's Bay lugger "Mystery"

    The "Mystery" was a 33-foot Cornish lugger that sailed from Cornwall to Melbourne, Australia, in 1854-1855 with a seven-man crew. The voyage was without incident, and took 116 days. In preparation for the trip, the Mystery was fully decked over and sheathed with zinc, and that is how my model portrays her.
  8. Overhead view

    Thanks, Marc!

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