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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. Ryland: I will see you there - will be manning a NRG vendor table. Steve Wheeler, Bob Filipowski and I are coming together. This event has been on our bucket list. Kurt
  2. What have you received today?

    Ken: I hope you are planning to bring books to the Las Vegas Conference. I will set you up with a table in the vendor room - save me one so I can get your autograph. Kurt
  3. Machining copper stock.

    I read someplace that Bacon fat could be used as a lubricant for working on non-ferrous metals. As I had just cooked a pound of Bacon I had a jar of fat cooling off. Took a very small bottle lid of it to the shop and it worked quite well when I was drilling with a #74 bit pretty deep. I was concerned about the depth w/o lubricant and the Bacon fat worked quite well - didn't break a drill bit and got 6 holes done. A toothpick dipped into the fat transferred the fat to the drill bit. Kurt
  4. Simulating tiny chain

    Very small chain is available in spools from jewelry supply stores. It's relatively cheap. HO scale is easily fit with readily available chains. Even places like Hobby Lobby stock small chain. I have all sorts of the stuff picked up at garage sales. Kurt
  5. PE Tool Suggestion

    Ken beat me to mentioning UMM-USA. John was a vendor at the NRG's St. Louis Conference and his tables were always crowded and doing a brisk business. I have a whole bunch of his tweezers - g\very good quality at a good price. His tools are all of good quality and he has a bunch related to photo etch bending and handling. Kurt
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    John If the NRG has a conference in Mobile can you cater a lunch? The gumbo sounds great! Kurt
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    We had a guy on a 3 wheel bike with a big basket who would go up and down the streets in our Manila neighborhood shouting out Balut! Balut! and the maid would drop whatever she was doing to get her daily treat. I told her that as long as she ate it outside and I couldn't see her do it, it was fine but break either rule and there would be trouble. At least the Balut wasn't anything like Durian (called dead people fruit because it smells like a 3 day old corpse left in the sun) - they tell me it is an acquired taste! I was put in a position where refusing this delicacy would have been a great insult to the host (and probably dangerous to boot) and wound up sampling one piece - it tasted like it smelled. If you ever get the chance to sample this stuff - RUN - fast and far. Kurt
  8. Dave: Ships in Scale isn't the only print magazine - The NRG's Nautical Research Journal also contains a lot of modeling information. We cover a lot more modeling than in previous years. The bottom edge of the magazine's cover has this on every issue "Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research". The information contained in the Journal is aimed at helping to build accurate models whether the article is about some research topic or modeling skills. Check out a complete downloadable issue on the website - https://www.thenrg.org/the-journal.php The name of the Journal is a bit misleading with the amount of modeling related articles contained nowadays. A NRG membership gets one the Journal 4X a year and helps a lot to enable the NRG to keep up the work we have done for 70 years - like supporting MSW. Kurt
  9. The NRG has archived our back issues of the Nautical Research Journal on CD discs available for purchase. We have done this since about 2002 when we did a 2 CD set for the NRG years 1-40. We have followed up with 2 additional CD's covering the next 10 years 41-50 and the years 51-60. Due to changing technology we now have had to make this information available on USB flash drives because so many computers do not have CD/DVD drives anymore. When the next digital revolution makes flash drives obsolete we must be sure to transfer the back issue data to the "new" media in a timely manner - but as long as it's done in a timely manner after the "new" system is introduced there should be no problem.. It's when the organization says "there's plenty of time to do this" and puts it off until it is too late that there are issues. I got stuck trying to archive old 1" reel to reel video tapes onto VHS - it never happened and when I retired there were still reels of old fire investigation recordings sitting on a shelf. Open cases require the evidence to be kept virtually forever - but it's a catch 22 when there is no way to retrieve it. Kurt
  10. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Mike" I made a base with drawers to keep the various tools for the lathe real close. It's heavy enough that I didn't want to move it for an uncluttered shot but you can get the idea. Kurt
  11. Sherline mill and lathe questions

    Sherline makes conversion kits for the mills and lathes to change them between inches and millimeters - a lot cheaper than buying a new machine. Kurt
  12. Dave: I just went to the download and it worked fine. You might have tried while it was being fixed but it worked fine from here at 1:40 PM. Kurt
  13. An error was found on page 23 of the monograph and it has been corrected in the file that is downloadable from the NRG web site as of 3-30-18 at about 11:30 AM CST. In the chart on page 23, the dimensions for the BASE PLATE should be 1/2" x 2" x 3 1/4". The error was the 3 1/4" dimension was shown as 2 1/4". If you printed out the monograph earlier than this morning you may want to reprint page 23. If you downloaded it you may want to delete the copy and download the file again. Sorry for the inconvenience. Kurt

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