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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. slightly less impressive: or this, even less impressive one: Problem is that it is not the ships, but the sea and air that make the atmosphere.... Jan
  2. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    He is going to bake loads of micro-bricks
  3. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    As Carl pointa out: not all mills used the old fashioned slats for the sails. especially just before the second world war, when electic and diesel engines became more affordable, quite a lot of experimenting took place to invrease the efficiency of the existing mills. So, a number of types were made, all trying to have higher efficiency, and easier handlijg : rigging a vain with cloth takes quite some time in an old fashioned setup, the one shown by Carl, it takes around 10 minutes. (And there is no need dor the miller to climb all the vanes one by one. however, new technology was expensive, so quite a lot of mills did not make the transition, or only partially. more common was to remove the vanes, remove the movable roof, and replace it by a diesel engine in the shed. Quite a lot of mills were demolished, or lead their life as an amputated vane-less brick stump, quite often as part of a larger production facility. As an example: twice the same mill, in the fifties, and now: Jan
  4. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Yep, and those vanes are not at a constant angle. btw translation is misleading: the sails (in dutch) refer to the cloth that is attached at low wind speed: how to translate, when sail is something different? Jan
  5. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    No it is a 1:87 that is on the topshelf pf my cupboard even aince 1991. Never had an idea of how to tacklethe problem of thr curvature of the vanes at this scale aJan
  6. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Ah well, vanes. That is why mine is gathering dust over twenty odd years now
  7. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    and with respect to thatch in model scales: I came across a site that suggested this material; http://www.exoticwings.com/shoppe/coconut-fiber-bundle-bird-nesting-nesting-material-p-4268.html Jan
  8. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    THat is a very nice drawing! and a wip-watermolen is a very nice one indeed. Most gardenversions of a mill over here are wip-watermolens. for those not familiar, This is the one, Jan
  9. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Thatch needs some care: it is a natural product, so it dereriorates over time, especially when wet. So from time to time the thatcher comes by and gives the roof a close shave (literally) to remove moss, dirt and rotting parts, them he fills thin parts with new thtch. So that is why you not often see moss on mills. You see it on the north side of thatched roofs. After a numbe of years, repair isnr enough, and the whole roof has to be replaced. by tge way, there is no roof under the thatch, the thatch is the roof. in housinghowever, modern safety regulations ask for an fireproof later betwwen beams and thatch. Some pics, other type of mill, but the process is the same. http://www.rietdekkerstraver.nl/projecten/vervanging-rieten-kap-cabauwse-molen/ Jan
  10. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Did some research: almost all north-holland watermills use a waterscrew. Jan
  11. Eight Sided Drainage Mill scale 1:15 (Achtkante Poldermolen)

    Nope, they don't need the sail to run. The sails are only needed in case of low wind speed. @ Marcus: are you going to build an interior, or will this be an "outside only" ? Can you tell us what the mechanics of the mill are? Is it working using a 'water-screw' or a 'wheel' ? @Piet: do you mean this one in Ter Haar? I like Dutch windmills. Quite a lot of differences between them, depending on region, function, and age. I also like these few rather sturdy ones (this one is Zeddam, in the eastern part of the country) Jan
  12. Kingfisher - card - 1:1

    Ten completely self-explanatory pics of todays work. now it needs something to sit (legs and a branch). Nextweek, perhaps..... Jan
  13. Kingfisher - card - 1:1

    No, just white paper glue, appied with a small toothpick. And, by instruction, not applied to the tab, but to the opposite part. Works far better. Jan
  14. Kingfisher - card - 1:1

    I promised a restart on the kingfisher-model. Today, I finally managed to do some work on it. It is a model designed by Johan Scherft, and the template is downloadable from his site. There is a nice you-tube video, showing how it should be done (life is not so easy as the vid suggests, but still, it is not a very complicated model with lots of tiny fiddly bits.) Time for some pics. First the template. This is all there is. (Actually, there is also a paper branche template. Did not download that for the moment) The head: template after cutting (swan morton is very usefull, although it can be done with small scissors) and all the longitudinal tabs and those above the eyes are glued. next - while the head was drying - the tail, from two parts And now for the major part: the body paper is funny stuff: I printed the bird last week, and it was very dry and rather cold here last week. After cutting, the paper startedto curl upwards.... no bug deal, as it is just normal 80 grams officepaper, the paper bends easily back when glueing. And then the process of glueing starts: tab by tab, starting with the small ones, and working towards the larger ones. Here a pic of how the bird is right now. Not too stressfull so far, just two and a half hours of fun. I hope to continue tomorrow. Jan
  15. Billings Boats Kit Accuracy

    The Zeeschouw was a originally a fishing ship, Billings however took a modern yacht-versionfor its kit. Pretty acurate for what it is, but notwith the charm of a working ship. The statenjacht is modelled after a contemporarymodel in the Rijksmuseum. Problem is that the underwater part of the ship is too round, and too shalow. I guess that the kit-designer didn'tlike the 'bricklike' appearance of the model. The abovewaterline is pretty much following the contemporary model. I did the Staenjacht as my first real model, thirty-oddyears ago. I don't know whether or not Billings redesigned the kit. Jan

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