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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.

Robin Lous

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  • Birthday 05/06/1960

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    stuff that baffles my wife

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  1. Never too old to start moving again

    Tuesday I passed my 5 Kyu exam. 5 Kyu is still close to nothing, but for someone who start at the age of 57 it feels like an achievement anyway. Receiving a diploma Japanese style. A small step forward is still heading in the right direction. Besides the twice per week club training, I now also attend national seminars once per month and in january a big international seminar and tournament. My target is to receive the 1st dan grade within a year, but right now I'm still a 57 years old iaido puppy.
  2. Build Log Photography

    I use a Canon Ixus 285 HS... Good macro and spot focus, 20.2 megapixels. I make most photo's while I'm working on what I'm building...just in front of me with the available light (most of it from my magnifying lamp). Robin
  3. Greetings from Manitoba, Canada

    Welcome aboard Ron.
  4. The wisdom of buying expensive tools when you’re old...

    Of course the Admiral is right...Admirals are always right. And you're right also. Men need to hoard toys and whatever seemingly useless stuff (in the eyes of Admirals). So...buy it and put up a guilty face...it's how things work. Maybe buy flowers (btw...flowers lose 100% of their value in 5 days!)
  5. Greetings

    Welcome aboard and looking forward to hear about your building adventures. Robin
  6. Oh darn! I missed the coupon code! No worries...I'll keep it for a next order. Looking forward to receive the complete rope set needed for my build and the gunport hinges. I probably can't resist the Siren song and order a complete set of blocks soon also.
  7. Birthday prezies

    Nice! And (an early) congrats with your bday.
  8. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Nice start! For me...part of the fun of a build is the search for more information about what I'm building. I tend to go completely over the top with that. Not only many hours of internet searches for the real thing and other builds of the same, but also books and when not too far away...a museum where I can see it. Has a downside also...I always find things to improve and that can be frustrating, specially since I'm not overly handy and often don't have a clue how to do it.
  9. A Modeler does a TED Talk on making miniatures

    This is breathtakingly stunning...seriously amazing work! ...and a bit crazy of course, but ain't we all a bit crazy here? Robin
  10. Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    Really sorry to hear your dad passed away, my sincere condolences. About the Camel...one thing you might consider: It will look really nice when you drill open the gun muzzles a bit. These things are such a focal point and it's a small effort to do. Robin
  11. Never too old to start moving again

    That's true. It's so easy to do something wrong...and hard to get it right again. I use kneepads in the dojo also, but on a mat you don't need them and the stone floor isn't very comfortable for your feet when sitting in seiza. The rocket...
  12. Never too old to start moving again

    Thanks Carl, It's a nice notare hamon. I'm in no hurry to use a shinken, but I'm not afraid of using it either. The nukitsuke and noto go really well ...combined with handling the saya and proper placement of the hand/fingers around the koiguchi and guiding the blade performing the noto. I'm no longer looking at where the kissaki is going. I practise twice a week in the dojo with a 7th dan sensei. He's a superb teacher. I sometimes feel sorry for him, because I'm a slow learner. On top of this I practise at home... High ceiling and my "portable dojo". As long as I get it out of the way after use...the Admiral is ok with this. Robin
  13. Never too old to start moving again

    Wow Carl! 2.7 shaku is a really long blade! Mine is also an iaito....made in Japan by Nosyudo, 2,45 shaku. There's a really good Iaido dojo in Amersfoort (Mokuseikan) and there is one in Arnhem also. I'm now saving my pocketmoney for a shinken. Robin
  14. Fokker DR 1 Building log

    These are made to fly, so I plan to do that. These planes are made of foam, not highly detailed models, but they look pretty good also. Robin

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