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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.

Roger Pellett

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About Roger Pellett

  • Birthday 06/04/1943

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    Duluth, MN
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    Naval Architect, Scratch Modeler and maritime history researcher. Current modeling interest- Navy ship's boats.
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  1. possible trip to Portsmouth

    When I visited Portsmouth in 2007, access to HMS Victory was by guided tour only with time slots selected at the time of ticket purchase, so your time aboard will be limited. There is, however much else to see. Roger
  2. I thank all of you for your “likes” and good wishes. Roger
  3. I am pleased to announce the publication today by Wayne State University Press of my first ( and last) book, Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company. As the title suggests this is a comprehensive history of the design and construction of the 44 whaleback barges and steamships. The book is based on original design drawings, company records, and extensive examination of SS Meteor, the only surviving example of a whaleback ship. Copies are available from the Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Roger
  4. raising and lowering an anchor on a sloop

    Howard Chapelle ponders this question in one of his books. I do not have access to my library at the moment, but I believe that it was his Search for Speed Under Sail. Roger
  5. metric scales

    Since you live in the US, why bother to change to metric. At 1:96 scale, 1/8in represents 1ft. 6in is half of a ft or 1/16 in at scale. 1/16 in basswood sheet stock should be readily available at most hobby outlets to be ripped into planks. What about the extra inch? Planking is 7in, not 6in. 1in at scale is 1/96in, about the thickness of a sheet of paper. I personally would not worry about this small difference in order to be able to use readily available commercially available sheet stock. For general measuring, I agree with druxey, buy an inexpensive architect’s scale. The triangular type available at office supply stores will include a 1/8 inch (1:96) scale. Roger
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Ron, Too bad what happened. Hopefully you can strike a reasonable deal with the insurance company. I agree with the admiral. Just think of all the ship modeling time that you will have gained by not having to repair the truck. Roger
  7. Scientific Kit of USS Constituion No. 170

    There is a series of posts for a rebuilding of a model of Constitution built from this same kit. The author of this series is Jersey City Frankie. He really turns a derelict into a piece of art. Roger
  8. What have you received today?

    Today I got one large sheet of light weight silkspan for making furled sails for my longboat model. After hearing about difficulties others have had getting this stuff I was surprised when I walked into Carr’s Hobby shop in west Duluth and asked the guy if he had any. His only response “light or medium weight?” The bill came to $3.71. Roger
  9. French Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Carnot

    If I understand your drawings, the ship as depicted with its round bottom and extreme tumblrhome would have had stability problems. While the tumblehome Is shown on the photos are you sure of the round bottom? Roger
  10. Ship paintings

    Maybe you don’t consider it to be one of your best but it’s one of my favorites. Roger
  11. Look into easels for children. Places like Blick Art have them. Also Melissa and Doug. We bought these for our granddaughters and while the idea mat sound a bit silly, they are sturdily built and stable. Roger
  12. Norman Ough

    Here in the US the Naval Institute Press recently published The Life and aship Models of Norman Ough. I assume that this is the same book that you are reading and I really enjoyed it. Although some of his techniques are somewhat archaic by today’s standards he achieved remarkable results. Ough was a master of the diorama type display and I particularly enjoyed his discussion of the many small points, some unique to the Royal Navy that can liven up a model. Roger
  13. Simplified Lathe and Mill Operation

    Weflak Thanks for explaining this. I stand corrected. Roger
  14. Simplified Lathe and Mill Operation

    Welfalk, In the case of my Sherline, I don’t agree. First of all, the arbor that the chuck threads on to has a drawbolt that passes through the hollow headstock shaft that securely locks the chuck in place. Without this drawbolt side forces would cause the chuck to come loose. As to the chuck itself the workpiece is locked into the chuck with the chuck key, and the lathe itself is not intended for heavy cuts in hard materials. Roger

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