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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. Rigging hooks

    Thank you wefalck for the hint and thank you shipman for your patience. Rather difficult times at the moment with a privet move that went berserk, lots of work in the office and finally a very persiatant flue ... Things are starting to get sorted out on my side and I alreday started answering all the posts that summed up on my account. If you did not get an answer from me yet, please try here on this way to contact me. All the best and sorry for any inconveniences, cheers Daniel PS: And hell how am I looking forward to pick up my own build again!
  2. Cut down / Razeed ships

    Have a look for Alexander and his Anson. he is preparing a second set of plans that shows it as razé. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/828-64-gun-ship-anson-build-in-1781-in-plymonth/&do=findComment&comment=414569 http://zope.mein-media.de/meinmedia/anson64/plans/index.html XXXDAn
  3. Hello to all, haven´t been on that area of the web lately, so thanks Mark for the message. Karl is luckily still alive, and good mind as previously stated. Just with all the smaller and bigger problems that come with that age and that make things slower. He still is working and sometimes - with bigger breaks - even taking part in our german forum. @Randy - Do contact Kay, he could possibly tell you the best way how to contact him. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/profile/5322-kay/ Cheers, Daniel
  4. Marine Walk

    Quarter galleries: "they also afforded those officers a view of the forward sails of the ship without having to go outside" That is another statement that I would like to have contemporary evidence for. Seen that the windows glass in the wrecks are rather not clear and also the angle of viewing is not the best, the main sail hiding most of the other rigging, I have my strong doubts about that fact. Reminds me on the red color to hide the blood. Also seen that french vessels usually had mostly fake windows in the Galleries, I sometime doubt that english ships had that much glass in the back as seen on the models that had to impress the nobles for budget reasons. But that goes beyond the original marines walk ... XXXDAn
  5. And do not forget, ships went through a lot of changes throughout their career :-) So sometimes there is more than one possibility. But the original draughts are always a good "inspiration". XXXDAn
  6. A companionway/ladderway always needs a bigger opening with larger distance in between the deck beams to pass ladders, sailors or even goods. A skylight can be only a part of the deck not being planked and showing the deckbeams underneath running through the opening. See for example HMS Victory for that detail. http://www.mediaharmonists.de/bilder/Sammler29/Victory-161113_2569.jpg XXXDAn
  7. Finished yes, but only as a slice :-) But there are actually 7 or 8 lines behind the shrouds, and as mentioned above these are different halyards, sheets, bunt lines, clue lines and tricing lines placed according to McKay´s rigging plan of the foremast in AOTS of HMS Victory. Also all thicknesses are conform. The shroud trucks that are empty are the ones for ropes of the stun´sails, which are taken down if these sails are not set. XXXDAn
  8. Here is an excerpt from my Victory: And then came a nice summer bouquet of assorted halyards, sheets, bunt lines, clue lines and tricing lines in a rich assortment of thicknesses. Some clamps still free for the stun´sail´s rigging XXXDAn
  9. I do recall that in "Voices of Trafalgar" one vessel reports that some ladders were thrown overboard prior the battle, perhaps Royal Sovereign. XXXDAn
  10. Another guess are the "fighting ladders" that I am still researching for and that should replace the larger wooden ones in case of readying for action. XXXDAn
  11. Some questions about the masts of British first rates about 1800. - Usually the heel of the topmasts is shown squared, the heeling on the Vic in P. is octagonal, as it is shown in Lee, who states that "Octagonal heeling only on 1St rate ships and by 1773 on all rates" http://files.homepagemodules.de/b564537/f700t5845p131075n2_FzsqAJVt.jpg[/img] Are there any contemporary sources confirming that? And another question arose: The cleat for the jeer block lashing are shown in Portsmouth as a clamp, but most of the literature shows a shoulder piece. What is the correct setup? Was the cleat an earlier or later version? Here both of them together for comparison ... ... and here the shoulder its the right place.
  12. Fly tying thread

    Best material for small scales :-) Posted February 20, 2013 XXXDAn
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    Very tasty display - simply a wonderful build! Thanks for showing! XXXDAn
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    Wonderfully done!!! Congratulations. XXXDAn
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    Very tasty build and presentation :-) XXXDAn

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