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  1. Kurt, that page is nicely done. However, the FAQ regarding the eventual rise in shipping for the expanded NRJ prompts me to ask whether the NRG is still planning to roll out a digital edition of the journal. I for one would love to transition to that medium instead of shipping and storing paper. I realize there's a lot going on right now and do not intend to be pushy, just to vote for that process to keep moving forward when possible.
  2. Thanks for sharing this news. I admit to being unfamiliar with the magazine, but the NRG's decision to absorb/maintain its focus seems appropriate. I am very intrigued by the notion of expanding the scope and content of the NRJ. While I enjoy flipping through every issue, I have to say that most of its content is so esoteric or detailed as to be of limited use to an amateur modeler like myself. I'd love to see the NRJ cover a wider scope of modeling questions and look forward to how this might be implemented. One question, how does this affect the cost and workload of putting together the NRJ? Adding more content inherently takes more resources, so how does that work from a staff and financial point of view?
  3. That looks like a nasty split in the darker strip along the wales; guess even the big boys have trouble with plank bending sometimes?
  4. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Goat meat is fantastic when it's of good quality. In my experience people who say they've had "bad" goat generally had it from a crappy source that was serving old or problematic meat. We butcher all our own meat; yearling kid is as tender and tasty as lamb, while older goat is delicious when slow-cooked. Chances are, if your meat smelled, you were served an intact (non-castrated) buck, which is definitely something different altogether. Intact bucks stink in life and death; no competent or honest chef or seller should be serving that as meat. And Cog, your mower doesn't produce abundant fresh milk, cheese, yogurt, and meat! Electric fences are the best way to exclude deer. Even a few lines, properly spaced, are excellent deterrents and can be made nearly invisible.
  5. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Carl, that's what fencing and hay are for. We've run a small dairy herd on our vegetable farm for most of the last decade, the two go very well together when properly managed. But they are a terrible lot of work at times. Jack, places like that are great. I love the idea of using natural grazing to control vegetation.
  6. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    I haven't mown a lawn in 14 years! That's what goats are for.
  7. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Yeah, Kevlar chaps are the way to go. I do a lot of timber work in the winter and have several gashes in my chaps that would have been quite serious without the sturdy fellows. Very glad to hear nothing permanent happened. I love your layout!
  8. Hello from Upstate NY

    Shean, Welcome! I grew up in Wayne County (along Lake Ontario between Rochester and Syracuse) and my stepfather is a woodworker/cabinet-maker there. I'm a serious riverboat afficionado and you'll find several folks on here with extensive knowledge, particularly regarding the Chaperon. I'm so glad you chose that as your build, it's the most accurate riverboat kit out there (especially compared to some of the fanciful European versions). There are several very good build logs of Chaperon that you could peruse as a reference, and a few years ago I started a general riverboat thread that has accumulated a variety of interesting subjects. Here are just a few links; using the search function will turn up several more: Riverboat thread Chaperon by Blighty Chaperon by Mike Dowling User Kurt Van Dahm is an expert on the Chaperon and pretty much anything else riverboat-related; if he doesn't find your build, go to his profile and send him a direct message. I hope you start a build log so we can all follow your progress. Welcome to MSW!
  9. Chuck, on the rigging, I wasn't talking about the horse and tiller (although that debate came up in my thread and it's interesting) so much as the actual standing rigging and sheets. As the cont. model is rigged, it's literally impossible to raise and lower some of the sails, as I diagrammed in the thread I started on the subject. If you look at that rigging plan as an actual sailor would, it simply can't work. It's simpler than a functional rigging plan and looks fine if you don't think about it, but there's no way the sails as-rigged in the model could be used to actually work the boat. I agree with you that any given builder can care more or less about such details, but given the care taken in designing many other obscure parts of such kits, it makes sense to me to at least consider the functionality of a design. For example, if a cont. model showed a cannon placed directly behind a set of shrouds, there's no way we'd want to include that in a new model whether or not it matched the original model because it simply couldn't work. I agree with Mark and Al overall, it seems to me that function is more important than fidelity, though you make a fine and eloquent point about contemporary models as art rather than strictly accurate models. I guess I'd rather see a model that taught the builder more about how things actually work in the original rather than how an unknown modeller/artist represented them once. And a possibly necessary disclaimer, none of this is personal criticism. You do something few of us are capable of, and I highly respect that. But when you ask for input on model development, that's what you get!
  10. Sail-making is a very interesting group project idea. I would be interested in that specifically, but would not be interested in making another longboat, especially a large one (though I'm sure it's a great model). Would it be possible to join in just for the sail-making part? I'd also be interested in a further discussion of the rigging for that craft, as I just don't think the provided design could work in real life even though I know Chuck based it on a contemporary model (see this thread in which I worked out a new rigging plan for the longboat).
  11. Fantastic! I should have been more clear, I meant that I hadn't found any commercially available plans (my past web searches hadn't turned up that NRJ article). So good to know that those resources exist. Even if this doesn't turn into an NRG project, I'll be tempted to try this on my own (the version shown above is pretty rough).
  12. Kurt, I don't, I haven't been there. The idea of a stern with great cabin, etc. is a great one too. I love the interior of ships and far too few models really explore that aspect.
  13. I live in central Missouri, and would certainly be willing to help in some R&D given my access to St. Louis museums and the Missouri historical society. I'm just an amateur when it comes to actual model development, but it'd be quite fascinating to be a research assistant for such a project. As far as I know there's no model kit or even plans available for this really interesting and important craft, and it would be a great NRG project to fill that gap. Heck, Chuck, even if you want to make a private kit of this I'd be interested in helping.
  14. This is probably a little too regional/obscure, but personally I think a really unique model would be of the "barge" used by Lewis & Clark as their main vessel on their exploration up the Missouri River. I scratchbuilt a rough version of this when I first started getting into this hobby: It has major historical significance, is similar in size and rough layout to other longboats but is far less redundant, and there is some historical information available on its design and construction. The idea that those guys paddled/dragged/sailed this thing all the way to western Montana from St. Louis still boggles my mind, and it'd be a really neat piece of Americana. Seems no less obscure than some of the regional fishing boats that have been proposed. What do you think?
  15. Excellent review, thank you. It certainly makes me consider this as a future build, given my Norwegian heritage. I'll look forward to your build.

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