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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)

      THE RULES

       

      *“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. In theory this arrangement keeps the planks for sliding alongside one another resulting in a stiffer longitudinal structure. In the hold of USS Constellation the ceiling planking has square cutouts across the seams into which a square block is inserted in order to stiffen the hull as well. The attached photo shows these openings, some of which have had the blocks fall out. Indicated in red are examples of an empty and a filled opening. Other instances are apparent as well. Wayne
  2. TurboCad 2017 Pro allows pdf files to be inserted as underlay objects, more or less as raster images. The resolution is not the greatest but it does allow it. You can also load your pdf in Acrobat, take a screen capture and convert in Paint to a jpg. The resolution is a little better that way. Actually, you may want to search the web with "pdf to jpg" and you will find several apps that convert pdf's to jpg's. I am under the impression that Acrobat Pro has a utility for converting to jpg's. I have no need for such, but they are there for your consideration. Wayne
  3. Color of ratlines

    Also for what it is worth, colors do not behave on small models the same way as on full size ships. Here we are getting into the area of scale colors. I would observe that a very light colored ratline on a black (maybe) shroud will pop out to the eye on the model. An even worse mistake that I have committed is to use a line that is too large. The scale size of the ratline should not be exceeded, but may be lessened if anything. When I look at photos of full rigged ships, the ratlines are barely visible unless one makes the effort to see them. I don't think the ratline should call attention to itself. As always, the usual disclaimer. Wayne
  4. I presume you are building the Model Shipways kit. If so, I found the manual at http://modelexpo-online.com/assets/images/documents/MS2018-Flying_Fish-Instructions-Complete.pdf . On page 24 Figure 36B there is a good illustration. The knightheads are the two timbers on either side of the opening for the bowsprit and each one receives an eyebolt. The Figure gives a profile and top view of the piece you are asked to make. The exact shape will be determined by your own model so the process is to cut and fit, sand, fit, shape again, fit, etc. until the timbers are in place. I do not have the plans, but the manual points you in the right direction. On the actual vessel, the knightheads extend from the rail level down along the side of the stem to a place well below the water line. On your model they are represented with only the visible portion above the deck. When you install them make sure they are secure as they will have quite a bit of strain on them from the fore stay that attaches to the eyebolts. It is unclear to me what your exact question might be, but maybe the above helps. Wayne
  5. Very nice. Getting the right entry and run can be quite a challenge. Wayne
  6. This is new to me as well. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the term "staircase" appears in the 1620's in reference to the enclosure of the stairs. I know we are looking at a contracts 150 years later, but it seems to me the nautical "staircase" or "stair case" or "stair-case" might refer to iron railings, hand rails, etc. that might surround (encase) the ladders. So my vote goes to staircase=handrails. In support I note that this section of the contract comes far distant from where the storage rooms would be described, lying between the office cabins and the pantries. Thus, the use of iron for casing the ladders would be of a more ornamental nature. This is pure speculation. Wayne
  7. Dropping perpendiculars from the half breadth plan to the sheer plan identifies the darkest lines as the rail line, as you surmised. A few waterlines run outside this line because of the slight tumblehome. The diagonals generally run wider. The confusion at the bow seems (to me) to be the result of careless drawing. I'm not sure about the confusion at the stern. At least, this is my less than expert take on things. Wayne

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