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      Hello fellow modellers   02/04/2018

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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.


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  1. Thanks to everyone for supporting MSW. And a special thanks to our new NRG members. Tasmanian, the donation box goes to PayPal. You can insert any amount. If you have any problems, contact Kurt or myself. Aviator, if you are able to use PayPal you can help too.
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  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Must be that "warmer near the lake" effect as our local weatherfolk are fond of saying. Even my scilla haven't started blooming.
  5. Your Images for our Facebook Page :-)

    Longboat in 1:48 from the MS kit, heavily bashed. And you may watermark, copyright, etc. If the files are not large enough, let me know.
  6. Old sergal sovereign of the sea

    I have the same kit, purchased over 20 years ago. The wood quality is not bad if it has been stored properly. Check to make sure the backbone is true. There are two problems with the kit. First, the instructions are worthless. Unless you can build this off the plans you are in serious trouble. Secondly, the ship is not historically accurate. Take a look at some of the build logs to see the differences. If you are good at making molds, duplicating the missing decorations should not be too much of a problem (unless you are missing the figurehead!).
  7. Fantastic renderings. Let me echo Greg's comment last month. If one is considering starting a Swan class, hold off construction until they are available.
  8. That is how I do it. Between sharpenings, I also hone the chisel with a leather strop.
  9. I would agree. Please be sure to add enough text to actually have a build log rather than simply a sequence of build photos. Thanks.
  10. Please do yourself a favor. Go to the Articles Database section. There you will find a section on Planking and Framing. There are several excellent articles on hull planking. Also, I hope you do not plan on leaving the nails in the planks. Even though this is a double planked hull (I presume) it is very difficult to file down those nailheads without causing damage.
  11. Band or Scroll saw

    I also have a small work space so I understand your dilemma. I opted for a scroll saw. It is on a stand and I utilize the space under the saw for storage. As an alternative, when you do not need the saw, store it in the garage. I would suggest a full-sized scroll saw since they have significantly more power. The deeper throat on a full-sized saw also comes in handy when cutting longer pieces and when laying out several pieces on a larger sheet of wood.
  12. What species of wood are you trying to bend and what are you using it for? One thing you might consider doing is laminating two thinner strips of wood as they will be easier to work with.
  13. Swann-Morton Scapel

    Instrument tying is often superior to hand tying. It allows me to get into tight areas that even my small hands would find difficult. Once you get the feel for the correct amount tension to apply for the type and weight of the material, it is just as secure as hand tying.
  14. Not all Swan class ships had the style of chimney shown by Greg. Both Fly and Atalanta had a straight flue as seen below.
  15. Working more than one build

    Patrick, your wife is 100% correct. What you are describing is having several incomplete projects. True multitasking is when you are working on a build while simultaneously running the washing machine, prepping dinner and picking up after the man of the house!

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