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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

      4 – CDs or 1 Flash Drive            ($150 value)

      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. Cut down / Razeed ships

    If you peruse the plans on the NMM website, you will see that for some ships oar ports are not shown on the sheer plans but appear only on the inboard profiles
  2. Cut down / Razeed ships

    What frigate is shown in the pic above?
  3. Greatest 74 gun ship

    Each generation was at least in theory an improvement on the previous. So in a strictly arbitrary sense the very last should have the benefit of past mistakes and be the best. The last generation of wooden , pure sail, warships were never presented with the opportunities to earn honors in the large scale fleet actions that their ancestors did. It would seem as the 19th century wore on, navies were more and more hesitant to risk their best (most expensive) ships in combat. The "fleets in being" served as a deterrent and spent thier lives either in ordinary or parading from port to port "showing the flag"
  4. Rigging Question - Virginia Privateer

    I would include the jackyard even if it was not normally deployed carried without the sail. It speaks to the loftiness of the sail plans that this class of vessel was noted for. Many models include items of rigging that are associated with sails even when the sails are not represented, buntlines and brails to name bit a few.
  5. Rigging Question - Virginia Privateer

    I had a question with regards to the rigging of the fore t'gallant sheets on the Pride of Baltimore II. The sail is substantially shorter than the topsail yard and I did not understand how the sheets could lead to blocks at the yardarms. I emailed her captain, Miles I think, and rec'd a prompt and very informative reply. Capt Mile told me there are thimbles seized at the yardarms on long pendants that reach in to where the sail is.. The sheets lead through the thimbles down aft of the sails. The t'gallant yard is hoisted with the sail already bent to it and set flying (no braces). The sail in never furled on the yard, instead the whole assembly is brought down on deck. This is why there are no pictures of her with the t'gallant yard unless the sail is set. Capt Miles said he in not an expert on how it happens. He just issues the command set the t'gallant and the crew takes care of it. More to your problem, the "Pride" also carries a jackyard on the main. You could also try the crew of the Lynx that you pictured above.
  6. Rigging Question - Virginia Privateer

    I am fairly sure it was not permanently hoisted. There was a small block seized around the main topmast at the upper shoulder. A line was seized around the jackyard near the middle. It was led through the block and down to a pin on a spider band around the mast at the deck or a pin-rail in roughly the same spot. The yard would be hoisted with the sail already bent to it. When the line attached to the tack was tightened it would cause one end of the jackyard to come down parallel to the topmast and the other end would swing straight up above the truck. Most schooners of the type would carry both of the topsails shown by Gregory in his last post: a regular and a larger "kite" with a jackyard for light weather. Some large schooner yachts in the late 19th century had jackyards on the fore mast as well, but I have never that in either naval or merchant service.
  7. Every example I have of a single wheel is for a vessel either much smaller or about 20 years earlier than the US 44 gun frigates. I would double check my sources.
  8. Pretty much like the double but there would only be a wheel at the foreward end of the barrel. Here is the wheel on the inboard works of the Seaford class sloop HMS Rose of 1757. Think similar but larger
  9. Rattlesnake Rigging Question

    Aft... if it were in front of the yard it would chafe the mizzen topsail. Almost oall of the rigging being led down to the decks, pinrails and such is aft of the sails.
  10. I emailed them and they emailed back a color sample but who knows if my monitor displays it accurately looks much browner to me than Seren's picture above.
  11. HMS Victory

    Can't beat the Anatomy of the Ships volume on this vessel
  12. finished01.jpg

    Very clean look. The detail is so consistant that it is hard to judge the scale. Great work on the sails
  13. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    With regard to the rigging... I use Steel, Edye, Kipping, Fincham, and Lee to calculate the size and then my Leroy/Rapidograph drafting pens come in sizes 4x0 to 5. Manny, many years ago (think decades) the late genius Donald McNarry cautioned me to always round down to the next lower appropriate pen size to avoid it getting too heavy. He said that in my case the ink creeps and wicks just a little and in his case as he was making rigging from twisted, painted wire allowances had to be allowed for the additional thickness provided by the paint. And in this as in so many other matters he was absolutely right. Hilariously though on the first drawing after that, I failed to realize that the pen specs were widths (think diameter) and the figures on all of my primary sources was circumference. So my rigging was 3.14159265359... (Pi) times as thick as they should have been. I saw that something was wrong and sent Mr McNarry a picture. Now remember this was in the 1970's so the whole conversation was proceeding between the southern United States and, I believe somewhere in Cornwales via snail mail. It took not days or weeks but months. In due course I rec'd one of those light blue air mail enclosures made of tissue paper which could be folded up into it's own envelope. How many people still can recall those! Anyway all it said was "My goodness. Something has certainly gone off. You might recheck your numbers." Bright and early the following Tuesday, the trash guy picked up that drawing along with all of the other household rubbish of the week. The tragedy was that it was a commission with a hard and fast deadline.
  14. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    USS Wasp 1806 just beginning to take shape
  15. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    I do sell them. Some i paint and sell and sometimes people will ask for a specific ship.The Ingomar is a commission.

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