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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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About jbelwood

  • Birthday 02/15/1940

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    Stratford, CT
  • Interests
    Current build: Bluejacket Portland
    Finished builds: Inter-Action Enterprises C.R. LAMB, Train-Troll Western River Towboat

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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Due to sickness, a long time friend of mine has decided to dismantle his model railroad. Although the majority of it has been sold off, I decided to remove this kit built hotel and refurbish it as a keepsake for him and his wife. It basically needed a good cleaning ind replacement of several details. Hope to turn it into a beautiful diorama. John Elwood
  2. Pilot house finished. Hurricane deck cabins ready for paint. Both items not glued on yet. Bringing unfinished model to New London conference. John Elwood
  3. Selling Models

    You might want to visit this gallery http://www.jrusselljinishiangallery.com/ located in Fairfield, CT. Great collection of marine art of all types. John Elwood Stratford, CT
  4. Building a kit for a profit

    This question has come up many time in the model railroad hobby. The most common answer is to charge 10 times the cost of the kit plus the cost of the kit it self if not supplied by the customer. Therefore, a $300 kit (not uncommon in this hobby) would render $3300. There are many exceptions to this depending on the complexity of the build. Just my two cents worth. John
  5. Jaeon, Nils is correct. Here is a photo of my HO scale stern wheeler with HO figures from Preiser. They sell a ships crew (figure in yellow slicker) along with others that may fill the bill. Also, go onto the Seaport Model Works site, they may have some also. John
  6. Hi bs, Although I can't help you with the Midwest dory plans it was great to revisit my old post as I had forgotten all about it. I've never built a Midwest kit. Currently building Bluejackets Portland. John
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Got the car washed this morning.
  8. Spent the past 6 months searching for a bottle of Floquil Brass paint for the paddle boxes on my Bluejacket Portland. Visited a long time friend last week and noticed he had a cache of about 400 bottles of various paints acquired over the years that were no longer needed. I therefore dug in and came out with 3 unopened bottles of Floquil Brass paint. Life is good. John
  9. Hi Tim, Like you,the model railroad craze kept me going for 33 years until I actually finished the layout. What a bummer that was. Needing a new challenge, I started building Bluejackets Portland. It has taken me 18 months to get this far and I suspect this was the easy part. The build is way over my head but I'm determined to keep going. At 77 I hope my stamina keeps up. John
  10. Newbie - Any Diorama advice?

    You may want to look into this great book by Justin Camarata. https://www.seawatchbooks.com/ItemDisplay.php?sku=107002 John
  11. Pets

    This is Eddie, my constant companion. Eight year old Bichon/Poodle mix rescue. First photo just groomed. Second in need of touch up. John Elwood
  12. The John Benjamin on the boat reflects my first and middle name. Applied home port of Marietta, Ohio. Graduated Marietta College 1962.

    skybolt, Absolutely beautiful. I have always wanted to build this model. Am I correct that your model has the built up wooden hull? Approximately how long did it take to build your spectacular model? John Elwood
  14. Get attachment (53)

    I'd really love to see more photos of the beautiful ship. What kit is it and did you do a build on her? John
  15. CR Lamb finished 001 Opt

    Thanks for the nice comment seafury45. This was a very enjoyable build. John

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