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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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    All things Nautical but my primary interest is Sail between 1750 and 1815. Previous builds include Sloop of War Wasp, Screw Sloop USS Hartford, Training Ship Empire State (all scratch Built) as well as Destroyer Escort USS Camp (scratch built excepting the hull from an old Revell kit - Long Story). Current Build in HMF Liverpool built 1757 at 1:96.

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  1. Greetings, Beware the Ides of March! That's because after March 15 the registration goes up from $35 to $40. It's shaping up to be a great conference. Hope to see you there. Tom
  2. Good evening All, Preparations are under way for a great conference. Registrations are coming in. The cost is $35 until March 15. After that it is $40. Come and have a great time with vendors, models, roundtables, raffles and a great speaker. Tom
  3. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good evening Dave, That's where I saw it. Why this is mentioned in the rigging and/or yardarm discussion is bewildering. In any case, thanks to you, I'm going to be able to set it right with a sound factual basis. Be well, Tom
  4. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good morning, and thanks! I knew that I saw that somewhere, but I couldn't find it. Where is that passage in Lees? I went back and forth in my first edition. You can imagine how it gets when you know it's there but you can't find it. I agree, a sixth rate would definitely qualify as a small ship. So, time to stop with my completed mizzen yard, and move on to the gaff that I started but stopped. Maybe I can salvage the aft end of it. A loose fitted sail it is. Frankly, I out smarted myself. I appreciate all the help. Thanks, Tom
  5. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good evening all, Thank you for your answers. No thinking of it logically, it makes sense to have the jeer block hanging from the mast head abaft the mast. Mark, I'd be very interested to know about the contracts. I seem to recall, although I can't place where, that the gaff did show up prior to 1790, but on small craft. A sixth rate would fill that bill, and frankly, even though I made the yard and installed all of the blocks and such, a loose footed gaff would safe me a lot of tribulations. As Dave points out, and as discussed in Harland's Seamanship in the Age of Sail, moving the mizzen yard simply to change tack was complicated and problematic. It is that the period that I am modeling is basically right at the point of different establishments. Regards to all, Tom
  6. Good morning all, I am at the point of rigging my model of HMS Liverpool. Liverpool is a 28 gun, Coventry class, 6th rate, frigate. She was built in 1758. My model is as she would be about 1775, 1776. By that time, she had two rebuilds. Modelshipwright published Modelers Plans in one of their editions. Sadly, after doing much research, and consulting the Admiralty drafts, I found several inaccuracies. For example, it shows the pumps, capstains and such in their original position as designed. The admiralty drafts clearly show that they were relocated one deck higher, and this is noted in the book, The First Frigates. The Modelshipwright plan also has spars and rigging plans. These are in different scales (not noted) and clearly show a gaff and boom on the Mizzen. All of my sources (lee's, Steel, Lever Harland) note that the boom did not show up until 1790. It also appears that the ship still carried a mizzen yard. Would that be correct because some books show a gaff with a loose footed mizzen course? Now to the problem. Both Lees and Lever show the mizzen yard suspended by a jeer block. On the fore and Main masts, the jeer blocks hand from sling around the mast head above all of the other rigging (shrouds, stays etc). In lever, the jeer for the mizzen yard hangs from a sling around the mizzen masthead. Where does it hang and reave to the block on the mizzen yard? The crojack yard, for the period, had a truss. Below the crojack is where the mizzen lard lies against the mast. If the mizzen jeer block is slung from the mast head, and goes down the starboard side of the mast, how does it not interfere with the shrouds? In Lees, there are two pictures of the mizzen top for HMS Medway. The pictures don't show the detail very clearly, but it appears that the jeer block hangs abaft the mast. Am I interpreting that correctly? I suppose that I could make this easy and use a gaff instead of the yard, but I don't think that it is correct. All opinions welcomed. Regards, Tom
  7. Color of ratlines

    Very god point Wayne.
  8. Hey Barry, I wish you success getting a group together. I'm sure that you'll get something going. Tom R
  9. Ship paintings

    Excellent work Jim. Thank you for sharing. TOm
  10. Good Afternoon Roger, Thank you very much for your suggestions. It is much appreciated. Regards, Tom Ruggiero
  11. Good morning all, It was a great time working with all of you. David and Greg, thank you for a very informative class. While I've done head timbers a few times, I wasted a lot of expensive wood and coined a few new words. Next time will work out much better. Michael, it was great to meet you. Adding a few more pieces? Wow, a great job very efficiently done. The best regards to you all, Tom Ruggiero
  12. DSC_0385.JPG

    Excellent job. The detail is very good, especially the rigging etc.
  13. GR 22

    Beautiful. Please provide a description. What scale? Very authentic. Tom R

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