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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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    Ecology, history, science, cooking, baseball, soccer, travel

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  1. Kurt, you made me laugh, I had the same thought. Castings or not, that's a lot of Kayaks!
  2. A submerged submarine from above, in murky water. Good for beginners.
  3. How Realistic Can One Make Sails?

    I have used heavier bond paper for sails with good results in my opinion. I use artists' pastels to color my paper sails.
  4. I renewed my NRG membership a few weeks ago at the Donor level; I assume that gets counted toward the MSW-specific fund drive. This continues to be one of only two places on the internet where I routinely engage with an online community (the other is a baseball site) and it's a fantastic resource.
  5. And even Normal Rockwell painted selfies..
  6. Fair enough, you win, at least in this thread. You all can decide which one I am (though this photo is a couple years old and my whiskers are longer now). And if you're good with the interwebs you can track that photo back and find out more.
  7. Mine's already in compliance; that's me with my first-ever sailing ship kit. Actually, although I definitely understand the reasoning behind this, there are fair reasons why some people don't use their real name or photo online. In a way, I actually prefer not to know what someone looks like, because that means I'm judging them on their words and actions rather than their appearance. I'm fine with thinking of someone as "username" and/or "avatar" because that way I'm seeing them as they want to be seen. In other words, nothing wrong with asking or participating, but please don't judge those who choose a higher level of anonymity for reasons of their own.
  8. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Mark, Good question. We've never done that, and really don't want to. We've dabbled in spraying water, but that comes with its own risks. We've experimented with wrapping smaller trees, but that's a mixed bag too because (a) that can actually lock cold air within the canopy) and (b) anything in contact with the surface of the wrap can be damaged more severely. This isn't a full-scale commercial orchard, just a sideline for our farm, so we try to balance over-management with practical time commitment.
  9. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    We have three varieties of Asian pears and six of apples, all of the latter being heirloom/traditional varieties. They can all still be damaged by late cold spells following extremely warm winters, as has happened the last two years. Damage can occur both to the young buds or to the emerging flowers, depending on the timing of the weather changes and the phenology of the trees. Missouri's climate is very different from Indiana's, we have more severe temperature extremes and temperature swings. Last year, following an extremely warm February, a multitude of wildflowers trounced their previous first-emergence date based on our records. Buds on peach, blueberry, sour cherry, and Asian pear were already swelling that month, and opened blossoms in early March only to be destroyed by an (otherwise normal) freeze. Another otherwise normal) freeze in April did in many of the blossoms and protofruits that made it through the March freeze. Apples followed the same trend. The same thing happened in 2016; unusually warm winter weather altering the early phenology of the trees followed by a normal to slightly late freeze; the 2016 one devastated fruit crops across northern Missouri. Thus I am very grateful for the more average winter in 17-18 and would be perfectly happy to not rush the oncoming warm weather to keep the fruit trees' biological clock in line with the likely temperature profile in March and April.
  10. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Please, no, spring needs to hold off a bit longer. The last two years, warm winters combined with early springs set our orchard to blooming too soon, then late freezes killed most of the buds and gutted our fruit yields.
  11. Thanks for sharing this, Kurt. I appreciated the change to read about Mr. Hensley, his life, and his models. I've never been to this library, but it sounds a very worthwhile visit. We've been trying to find time to take an overnight trip to St. Louis, so this will certainly add to the list.
  12. Lewis & Clark barge

    Hi there, I just noticed your comment. I don't have real plans, I simply came up with a rough design based on research. I made some drawings but nothing reproducible or usable by anyone else. I've since come across better information and have improved my skills, so am thinking of re-building this model to a higher standard. If you pursue this, be careful, because many of the existing replicas out there do not follow the best information available from the original sources, most of them are rebuilt or redesigned in various modern ways. Let me know if I can be of more specific help.
  13. Not just generational. I'm 38 with no cell of any kind (wife, neither). But I suppose we're hardly representative.
  14. Unusual ship models

    I'm only 38, but my beard is clearly greying, so I guess that's close enough. Neat image!
  15. Them Old Jokes

    Mrs. Cathead, who used to be part of a research team studying river sturgeon, wonders if any of you can name the favorite song of caviar fishermen? . . . . Roe, roe, roe your boat, of course.

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