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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. I have found mahogany to be very brittle at the best of times. I’m not sure that soaking it for an extended period will make much difference. I suggest you rip it down to 0.5 mm and use it as a veneer over limewood or something similar.
  2. I forgot to say, don’t leave items in the solution for too long, I have found that the blackening tends to come off if you do. I don’t know why. Rinse in fresh water and leave to dry on absorbent paper. Soak again if necessary. Some people dilute the solution and get good results, I usually use it undiluted. Experiment and see what works for you. I have collected the medicine cups that come with cough mixture and use them for this job, as well as to mix and dilute paint. Always use tweezers to pick up your copper/brass items so as not to get the oil from your fingers on them.This will affect the quality of the blackening. Cheers Steve
  3. John I’ve never found a situation where there was enough pressure on the ring to open it. So, for me, silver solder in this situation is unnecessary.
  4. Hi dgreen. If you haven’t read the tutorial from this forum on planking, I suggest you do.There are a few good ideas there. I use a ‘plank bender’ after soaking planks for 15 - 20 minutes in warm water. You can also use your hobby knife to cut slightly into the rear of the planks at close intervals (about 1mm apart) This makes bending without breaking easier and is not visible from the front. It is still best to soak the planks and use a plank bender as well. I pin the damp, planks to the frames and filler blocks until they dry (overnight) and they usually retain their bend. Never try to glue down damp planks as they tend to shrink when dried and gaps between planks result. Hope this helps Steve http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/Framing_and_Planking/Plank_Bending.pdf
  5. Yes, blackening solution will work on silver solder. You may have to apply more than once to get s good coverage. Just wondering why you need to silver solder your eye lots though? Seems like a bit of overkill to me
  6. Might I suggest when you use the blackening solution, you treat the wire BEFORE you make the eye bolts. Run the wire through some very fine emery paper then soak in white vinegar to remove any grease, such as the natural oil on your fingers, then follow the instructions on the blackening solution bottle to blacken your wire. Steve
  7. Have used this for years. Available on eBay. Can be reused over and over.
  8. Try Admiralty Acrylic Paints sold by Cornwall Model Boats. They make a yellow ochre which may be what you are looking for.
  9. Yes, you will get some overspray. I solved the problem bu purchasing a small, portable spray booth from eBay. Cost around $100 au. As long as you vent it to the outside via the supplied flexible hose, you can spray inside to your hearts content. The booth folds up into a small ‘suitcase’ for easy storage.
  10. Adding to what Amateur has explained, the shrouds were also wrapped or ‘served’ in a smaller diameter tarred rope where they looped around the mast and for some distance below the cross tree. The forward shroud was actually served for its entire length. This was done to prevent wearing or chafing of the shrouds against each other or against other components of the rigging. You can buy a serving machine from the Syren Model Ship Company (manually operated) or from Domanoff Workshop (motorised) both are listed in the SPONSORS tabs on the right of the MSW Home page. I have the Domanoff version which works well. For this aspect of rigging and many others that are often not well explained in model ship instructions, I can thoroughly recommend the book Rigging Period Ship Models by Lennarth Petersson. It has many great illustrations and I refer to it constantly. See below the rather dusty pic of ‘served’ shrouds from one of my models. Cheers Steve
  11. Having built a number of models myself, I know that every mistake I make, and don’t fix or replace, stand out to me (even though nobody else would notice). For that reason, if it were my model, I would sand and strip the affected area back and redo it. Put it down to experience and since you have not planked a Hull before, take advantage of the chance to practise and develop your planking skills. Take Druxey’s advice and always test your stain on a piece of the SAME timber next time. This way when you finally finish you will be much happier with your model than you would be if it is compromised by such a large boo boo.
  12. Admiralty acrylic paints (see caldercraft website) are excellent quality, accurate colours and thinned with water to the consistency of milk. Have used them for a few years and am very impressed. Steve.
  13. Ropewalk

    Hi Wefack May be a simple machine to someone with an engineering background, but to us mere mortals, building one that actually works is quite a challenge:)
  14. Ropewalk

    I have posted this before. Maybe it will give you some ideas to build your own. Steve
  15. Band or Scroll saw

    I have both. The scroll saw gets a lot more work when modelling. If you get a band saw, make sure it is a decent size. I'm my opinion the smaller ones are pretty useless.

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