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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. Feeling overwhelmed is normal; eventually you'll have to choose a technique and have a go at it -- maybe you'll like it, but maybe you won't. All part of the learning curve. For deck caulking -- yes, you can use pencil. If you do a search on "caulking", you'll find many threads whose authors use a variety of methods. Testing your selected method on a piece of scrap and applying your varnish to check for possible smearing would be wise. Plank shift patterns varied by nation and time period. Only the most learned viewers of your finished model will notice whether you used the correct pattern or not. The three butt shift was typical for English ships of that period. The nails you refer to are actually wooden dowels, and the task is called treenailing; search that term and you'll find lots of suggestions. Modelers who use treenailing can either use actual treenails (or trunnels), like the toothpick method you mentioned, or simulate them. Done well, treenailing adds a lot to the look of a model; done poorly, then not so much. Personally, I do not do treenailing on my models, because on actual vessels they weather along with the planking and are virtually impossible to see at stand-off viewing distances. Lots of decisions for you to make -- don't sweat it too much, and have fun!
  2. By "viewable name" I assume you mean user name? An administrator can reset that for you.
  3. I moved this to the museums forum. Great set of pics! Looks like a fantastic exhibit.
  4. Hello from Belgium

    Fantastic models!
  5. New guy building the Smuggler

    Welcome, Gunnar. The short answer to your question is yes, all of those methods will work. To some degree you will need to experiment and see which method you like best. The porosity of the wood you use for decking will affect how well those techniques that require a liquid medium (e.g. paint, markers) will work. Holly is a popular wood for decking, but since I tend to stick with kit materials, I will let some of our more knowledgeable members give you advice on that topic. Cheers,
  6. Ship paintings

    Bit out of the way for me, but let me know if you ever do a show somewhere on this side of the pond.
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I finally had the opportunity last year to get a BP rifle and purchased a Traditions Pursuit Ultralight G4, which has a removable breech plug that doesn't require a wrench to loosen. It was one of those package deals that comes with a bore-sighted scope. I've only shot it three times so far, just to check the bore-sighting (it was right on). I used a friend's loose Pyrodex for the job, and it left a lot of residue. That removable plug came in very handy for cleaning! I bought some Blue MZ pellets to use during BP deer season, but then never saw a thing during that part of the season. The pellets are supposed to burn much cleaner, but we shall see. BTW, the Pursuit is incredibly light, even with the scope mounted, but it still has good recoil manners.
  8. Newbie from NC

    Hi, Quincy, and welcome. The San Juan Nepomuceno is a substantial undertaking! Right away I can see some potential for problems with your planking technique. Fortunately, we have some resources here that can help you out. Check here to find some PDF planking tutorials, and be sure to start a build log so that you can get some more tips, advice, and encouragement. I hope this turns out to be an enjoyable hobby for you for many years to come. Cheers!
  9. Normally we don't allow topic bumping, but I think this topic merits an exception. I edited the title to hopefully entice a few more nibbles for you.
  10. Midwest models

    Yep, these are great kits, and sadly Midwest is no longer making them. Our loss.
  11. Yup, some links have been broken during updates. Thanks for alerting us to this. I'll try to get it fixed soon. Not real real soon, but sometime in the not too distant future. :-)
  12. Welcome to the world of kit-bashing, even if entering unwillingly! Even many of the newer POF Model Shipways kits were designed so that much of what would have been included as pre-made parts in a typical Euro-kit has to be made from scratch in the MS kit. I can tell you from experience that that was certainly true for the POF version of Katy. Have no fear -- you can do this!
  13. Yep, what Russ said. I'd be interested to see how your experiment unfolds.
  14. Locking due to duplicate topic. See here.
  15. USS Lexington wreck found

    Amazing preservation down there at two miles deep. I remember reading a book about Lexington when I was a kid. I don't think many kids today have any inkling of how important the Battle of the Coral Sea was in thwarting Japanese advances into the Southwest Pacific. Heck, most kids today probably don't even know there is a Southwest Pacific!

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