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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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About xken

  • Birthday 02/09/1947

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    Morro Bay, CA
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    Scratch building of all venues and working with brass.

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  1. What have you received today?

    Kurt, Sounds like a plan, will hold one for you. Also if anyone buys one elsewhere and brings it to the conference I will also sign them.
  2. What have you received today?

    I hope you have many hours of enjoyment! I am glad to see it has reached all the way down under.
  3. errors in blueprints

    I have come across all the issues identified above; but two critical are the reproduction printing process and the drawing program to begin with. I discovered the reproduction process when getting CAD drawings size D (22 x 34)reproduced for a build. The local printer did not reset the printer from a previous job and my drawings were printed at a 105% setting. Once discovered I took the drawings back and they zeroed the printer at 100% from then on on all my drawings I draw a 1 inch reference square and I tell the printer to verify the size on printing. I have not had a problem since. Also make sure the printer is using a large format printer capable of size E (34 x 44) drawings. Smaller machines when forced to a larger size often have distortion issues. Much like camera distortion in photographs. The second issue is the CAD versus Drawing program. While a drawing program is exactly what it says it is to be used for....drawing. CAD programs are for engineering drawing to at least four decimal points or more if needed. The best example to explain he difference is comparing both to a road. A drawing line is the size across the road from berm to berm while the CAD program set a .5mm line weight is like the stripe down the centerline. Admittedly, CAD programs are more expensive with a steeper learning curve versus the drawing programs. The old adage comes into play " you get what you pay for" and if accuracy is of major concern one needs to start with a good CAD drawing. One can still have errors with CAD but that usually is now human operator error not the program. As technology has evolved with 3D printing and laser cutting machines for hobbyists, to appeal to more they can use drawing files to work with their machines which usually have some form of conversion program to work. As a parting comment I would say that we are building models that probably will sit in a case and never be measured for comparison to another and can only be as good as the reference material we are building from. My experience has been that all kits and plans have accuracy issues and common sense adjustments are required and enjoy the build process.
  4. A lathe for masts and spars

    I have the 4400 long bed Sherline lathe and have used it for both masts and yards. Check out their site they now have a lathe setup for pool cue manufacturers along with an extended live center (new product) which I plan on buying. One thing with working with a lathe with wood is the type of wood being cut. Hardwoods are best, softwoods tend to shred rather than cut. I use mine primarily for metal and occasionally for wood. Keep in mind you can always turn wood with a metal lathe, but you cannot turn metal with a wood lathe. Just my 2 cents.
  5. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Taking the Admiral out to see a movie and dinner to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary.
  6. What have you received today?

    I plan to bring a case or two to the NRG Conference in Las Vegas. I will be signing them there and if anyone attending has a current copy bring it and I will them as well.
  7. What have you received today?

    Greg, many of the trickier parts to make in the Constitution like the trailboard decorations and the canopy frames and hinges, portholes and propellers from the Dirty Dozen. No cannons or anchors. The first edition was written and published before I started ship building. When the first edition started to sell out the publisher asked me (Sept '17) if I wanted to change or update the book for a second edition I thought I would add a chapter on ship building, so I did. Keep in mind many of the techniques can be applied as needed to fabricate various parts. When I first started down this path one criticism I heard about other books available, were that they needed color pictures and more pictures and less verbiage. Also to focus on basics for builders transitioning from plastic to brass for substitute parts and assemblies and be more of a primer than a treatise on working with brass. I would like to think that I achieved that in the end.
  8. What have you received today?

    John, yes a case would have been nice; but I am grateful for even one bottle as a form of recognition from them.
  9. What have you received today?

    Actually came last evening much to my surprise was the advance copy of my second edition book with a bottle of wine included from the publisher. Here I am with both and a link to Shiffer Publishing to pre-order. Here is a picture showing the new added ship building chapter. This shows the new chapter. Here is the link to pre-order. They are on the boat inbound to conus. http://www.schifferbooks.com/model-building-with-brass-6401.html
  10. Doug, I like your idea of adding the guide rails for the white background card. I just cut mine to press fit. I agree with wefalck that your ratline could be thinner and be easier to tie. Again I used 100% cotton for both and tied my own ropes; polyester and nylons seem to have too much spring back for tight knot tying. Great job and I agree with you on the ergonomics of using it.
  11. Doug, I have not tried that to see if there is any difference; but I am sure that the yellow color of the glue may have so level of tint when applied to brown rope. I have only ever used the white glue for this kind of application.
  12. Doug, I did not have access to all ship plans, and it appears that the PdN is more the exception than the norm. The 1:35 size would handle the height but would require a little fussing on spacing the ratlines as they are added. Also keep in mind the shroud line spacing can be slightly adjusted by rotating the knot on the lower tabs from left or right to center on the tab. Michael, you need to make a port and starboard set; then the shroud loops can be added by alternating each as needed indexing each as they are added to the mast. Once in place then the deadeye ends can then be addressed. The key is tying the loops to keep them in proper order before removing from the Ratliner. One other thought that I have not tried is painting the lines while still on the Ratliner using either thinned paint in the case of black lines or using a 50/50 mix of white glue and water to stiffen for easier handling once removed. Perhaps Doug could do an experiment to see if it helps any.
  13. Derek, in the instructions there is an option to bypass indexing the shroud lines through the holes and tying directly to the bottom tabs for a little extra length if needed. Sometimes you just need that extra inch or so.
  14. Doug, looks like you are off to a great start; and practice will help. One thing to do is stretch the line before starting and use 100% cotton for best results. I made all my own lines on ME’s highly modified ropewalk that can be seen in mt Constitution build. As for your issues when tying the left side, tie a clove hitch which you can tighten and snug up with tweezers then follow up with a half hitch tied back through the rat line and seized on the tab to tighten more. The real key is to have all lines as tight as possible when starting. Three sizes are needed to best satisfy the range of model scales. Height difference from 1:35 versus 1:96. Ratline spacing is quite different. One can also drill a new pattern off indexing holes for a specific application and still tie off on the lower tabs Question 2: A odd or single shroud can be seized like a double line and then positioned as needed. Question 3: use clove hitches and with a half hitch if necessary and knot tying practice. Question 4: May need to make a rigging fixture to hold the deadeyes when tying off the shroud lines to them. To add your finished assembly to the mast you may have to cut and pin to relocate the mast after installation. That or debond the joints to disassemble. That will be a choice to ponder. I will enjoy following along and appreciate your feedback, but it looks like you are off to a great start!
  15. Another good source for copper foil with no clear coating are Stained Glass supply shops. They also carry the various widths as well.

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