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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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  1. You would not find a more historically correct book than "In the Hour of Victory - the Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson" by Sam Willis. It is based on primary sources and the narrative is riveting.
  2. John Following up on JCFrankie's suggestion, while you are at the jewelry making supplier, pick up a pair of rounded pliers. I use a dull black steel wire and with the pliers, can twist out a slew of perfectly round eyebolts in quick order. The ends of the pliers are much smaller than the photo suggests. Good luck.
  3. New film about Nelson and Trafalgar

    Forgot to say... "Duty" - Great title
  4. New film about Nelson and Trafalgar

    OC, Now this is encouraging if not infinitely exciting. This is a topic way over due. I am not all that well versed in the financial dealings of Hollywood executives, but from a screenplay perspective, your friend is on to something. What more could they want. A total war hero, inspiring speeches to his crews, a salacious affair with Lady Hamilton, dramatic injuries, and his tragic death at Trafalgar. Sounds like all the ingredients are there. Forget the movie however, this needs to be an HBO/Netflix 6 year continuing mini-series. You would need all of that just to cover his naval exploits. Just follow history, because you could not make this up any better. So yes, I see this as something that would aspire to more than us age of sail junkies. Good luck to your friend.... and I have to ask.... who does your friend see playing the lead role. There aren't many diminutive actors our there that can fill those giant shoes and a one armed uniform.
  5. Hello from Central Ohio

    Sean, Welcome aboard. As a fellow buckeye, I have to reiterate Lee's suggestion to join the modeling club. I have been a member for two years, and although I have a hard time making all of the meetings (I am 2 hours away), the ones I have attended are really helpful. The members of this club are some of the finest craftsmen in the state, and you will learn a lot. We are all looking forward to you build log.
  6. Hello from Ohio

    Warm wishes from Zoar Ohio to a fellow Buckeye. What part of Ohio are you from and what hobby shop do you frequent?
  7. R.I.P. Michael Zemmel (ca.shipwright)

    This is really sad. I have been away from the forum for a few months, and Mike was a regular visitor to my log. In fact, he was the last one to post to my site. After I posted my latest work, I was looking forward to hearing from him. I was following his Panart Victory build, and because of his work, I was inspired to purchase this kit and was looking forward to starting it and would rely on Mike for help. Mike was a true gentleman and wonderful craftsman. While it is good to be back on the site, it will feel a bit lonely going forward. He will be missed.
  8. Alan, What a treasure trove of "modelling" photos. I visited the ship in Erie well before I ever thought I would build a model of it. I have perused a ton of "tourist" photos, trying to blow up a small corner, just to capture a special detail that I needed for my build, and usually to no avail. I wish I had that great photo of the Boomkin (which is not in the ship plans) about a month ago. Winging it from a poor photo resulted in a stubbier version of the actual one so well captured in your photo. Oh well. Thank you so much for the resources. I will be referring back to them often as I wrap up the build.
  9. New to the forum

    Welcome aboard. You have come to a great place for "enlightenment." There are some true masters on this site, and even better is the fact that they are always willing to lend a helping hand. Don't hesitate to share your work. I bet it is much better than "average."
  10. Alan, Thanks for sharing the pictures. While I have not had the privilege to sail her, I did get to see her in person at Erie Pennsylvania where she is moored. A great brig and a great model to work on.
  11. Clueline, Tack and Sheet Question

    Henry, A thousand thanks. Your description on the mechanics is exactly what I needed to understand how and why this is done this way. I will take my single fore tack to a cleat, which is a better fit (along side of the bulwark) than pinning it in the chock rail, which moves it too much to the center of the bow. Thanks for the heads up on the dimension of the rope. I plan on rigging the main tack as a double, and already chose a heavy line (just luck) assuming the heft of the course sails would require a heavy line.
  12. This is a question I posted on my Niagara build log. Gents, HELP! I need some guidance on a rigging question. I decided early on to include cluelines and sheets to all of my yards, even though I am not adding sails. For the royal and topgallant, I simply tied the sheet lines to the yards, and ran the cluelines down through a block to the deck (as per the Niagara narrative instructions). The Niagara plans were pretty vague on how to handle the Topsail, so I turned to my Petersson rigging book and used his design. I am now faced with the Course Yards. Again, I have turned to Petersson. Following his diagram for the Foremast, I tied two blocks together with a single tack line as seen in the photo I have attached. My question though is this ok for the Niagara, and more specifically, where would I belay the end of the tack line? In the diagram, the tack line runs through a block extended beyond the bow on a rod. There is no such apparatus on the Niagara, so where to belay the tack line. The Niagara plans seem to indicate that the tack line should belay to the chock rail. In my photo of the ship, you will find my prototype. I ran the tack to the chock rail and one end of the sheet will be belayed to an eyebolt on the outside of the hull and the other will run through a hole and tied to a cleet inside the bulwark. Does this make any sense? I also have a general question that will show my landlubberness. I believe the sheet and clueline attach to the bottom corner of the sail. If that is correct, why would Petersson pull the blocks so close to the mast, rather than out at the end of the yard. The last photo is from the Niagara plans. It is hard for me to fully understand this. Petersson is a lot easier to understand. Any suggestions?

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