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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

      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. Those cannons look beautiful. It’s coming along great! Nice Job, Zach
  2. That would be awesome, my computer would probably explode though Happy modeling, Zach
  3. Hi Greg and Denis. I was wondering, will the 3D model be downloadable as a blend file at a certain price or will it only be pictures? Thanks, Zach
  4. Thanks for the advice m. I'll make sure to switch it around Happy Modeling, Zach
  5. Ship paintings

    I love the way you give the more modern ships a rusty, weathered look! It adds so much to the mood of the paintings. Happy painting, Zach
  6. I have been researching and studying the HMS Pandora recently and decided to attempt at building a 3d model of her. She's a beautiful ship and definitely worth modeling. I am currently working on the keel, and will be using various different resources (mainly the anatomy of the ship book) to build her. I'll attach an image of a quick scene I set up involving my gunpowder barrels and lanterns. This will be an arduous and difficult challenge, and hopefully I'll be able to see her through. I'm using a software called Blender to model and do my renderings on. Once I finish the keel I'll start a main log and post on there regularly (hopefully). Any future comments on inaccuracies would be much appreciated. Even though I love the time period I'm not super smart about the terms and parts of ship. I haven't really downloaded any textures yet and I should be able to use basic materials and roughness values to make things look like iron, wood, etc Happy modeling, Zach
  7. USS Constitution sails

    Ok thanks! This well help. Happy modeling, Zach
  8. I'm currently working on a Revell plastic model of the USS Constitution. It's was a quick build, $20, but I have one problem. The plastic sails provides look very unrealistic so I was going to cut cloth sails out of an old t shirt. Is there any good process or way that makes the sails the same size and shape, otherwise than just trying to cut it and hope for the best? Thanks, Zach
  9. Ship paintings

    Ok. I'm currently living the U.S. I may consider buying one. Good luck and happy painting! Zach
  10. Ship paintings

    These paintings are absolutely amazing Jim! If you sold them thwy would definitely be worth buying
  11. So this is the new project you talked about in your pandora build log. It's great to see your skill in action again. I just have one question. Is the Pandora also a swan class frigate? Happy modeling, Zach
  12. Thanks everyone. This will definitely help me -Zach
  13. Thanks for all of the tips. I was eyeing the fair American or maybe the syren. I probably will have to start with a small build though or a cross section like what was suggested. Thanks again -Zach
  14. This probably isn't the right place for this question, but I didn't know where to put it. I have seen how experienced all of the members are on this forum, especially in wooden modeling. I am looking into breaking away from the plastic kits and starting my first wooden model. I wasn't sure where to start though. Is there any requirements, tools, and skills I need to build a wooden ship? I don't want to buy one of the really expensive kits just to have it go to waste in a forgotten closet. Thanks and happy modeling -Zach

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