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      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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About brunelrussell

  • Birthday 05/11/1949

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    SS Great Eastern and old steamers generally, plus just about everything else nautical to some degree

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  1. Yet another update (can you stand the excitement?). There is a copy of the above mentioned image on WorthPoint, an antique and auction house. If you put in your search as "steamship great eastern deck photos" it's in the second image section near the beginning. Maybe this'll settle it...
  2. Great Eastern Rigging

    To Jersey City Frankie: the photo you reproduced is a classic and full of useful details; the end of one of the pin racks for 'tuesday' mast is visible in front of the deck house, which itself is useful for figuring those out. Also if you look up on the mast you can see the lower yard truss, which is a double u shape just like those on the USS Constellation.
  3. Simulating tiny chain

    They did have some tiny chain at Michaels though the links are a bit long; maybe I'll check Moores as they have somewhat different stock. Many thanks for the tip!
  4. This just in on this probably overblown topic: one of my old bridge photos actually shows a close-up of the top of gizmo! There seems to be a central hob with two parallel cylindrical objects above. one of which looks like it has a handle. Hope this helps, but at any rate I can replicate it, even if I have no clue as to what it is.
  5. Great Eastern Rigging

    The Great Eastern had around four feet of teak bulwarks - higher at the bow - which seem to have all kinds of attachment gadgets like kevels and staghorns and things I don't know the name of. There don't seem to be any under weigh deck photos. There is one photo showing a bunch of bigwigs posing at the base of 'friday' mast and there are so many rope coils on both spider bands that you can't actually see the mast!
  6. How Realistic Can One Make Sails?

    I intend to use archival tissue. It needs to be dyed to simulate flax. I'd use tea but I understand its fairly acidic. If anyone knows a good alternative lay it on me. I would kinda like to keep the translucency.
  7. Simulating tiny chain

    The scale I'm working at is essentially HO, or one eighth inch = 1 foot, but I'll still need to use eentsy-weentsy wire to achieve scale. I'm fresh out of granddaughters, and could somebody wire gauges to me?
  8. Simulating tiny chain

    Maybe I'll just twist two wires together to just suggest chain.
  9. Simulating tiny chain

    There is a lot of small-scale chain on the Great Eastern, everything from sail sheets to long stretches of it as forestays near the funnels. What's a good way to simulate this? There is book on building plastic ship models (the name escapes me) that shows a way of weaving tiny wire into what's called a sinnet that looks good but I'm not sure I have that kind of manual dexterity any more. Any ideas would be appreciated,
  10. There is a company called Resistance Wire that caters to craftsmen by supplying small amounts of wire instead of big spools.
  11. I think they're called kevels; there's lots of 'em on the Great Eastern, and I believe they are belaying points.
  12. A real gold mine of neat ideas! Thanks!
  13. Vallego model paints makes textured coatings for dioramas and such.
  14. There's a company in Germany called Preiser that makes dynamite figures in several scales. Since my Great Eastern model turns out to be HO scale, that's what I'm using.
  15. How Realistic Can One Make Sails?

    I intend to make sails for the Great Eastern out of archival tissue. Does anybody out there know if tea is archival or acidic, and if it's acidic, what else could I use to tint my sails? I'd kinda like to retain the translucency.

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