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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. Hello from Klamath Falls Oregon

    We went to Crater Lake in the summer - breathtaking! My winter driving skills aren’t up to much though so a winter visit will have to wait for me (though the snow was still there in mid-July!)
  2. As the title says - Hello! (Or should that be Ahoy, mates?) As you might guess from my name, I’m a Brit recently transposed (via New Jersey) to Oregon. 63 years under my belt and retired these last 7 years; married and one 14 year old stepson. Recently rediscovered the many novels to do with the Age of Fighting Sail; O’Brien and Forrester I’d had for a while, currently on the Bolitho saga. I’m not exactly a newbie to wooden ship building (kits) - I made the Billing Bounty over a stretch of time in the 80s/90s, working purely from the plans (pre-Internet days and no handy local library) and without the aid of any proper modelling/woodworking tools. So as you might guess it looked OK from a distance, but up close... not so much! The model has since been lost, which is probably no bad thing! I’ve decided I want to have another go at kit building, after having spent some time recently working with wood & plywood and this time having the luxury of having sufficient spare cash to buy proper tools haha. As a tribute to my new homeland I’ve pretty much settled on the King of Mississippi from Artisana, having looked at some build logs - though I’ve yet to buy it which I’ll probably do in a month or so. (I did have fantasies of building the USS Constitution, but that’s clearly waaay beyond my skill set - and wallet - right now.) if if anyone has recommendations for specific tools, books, DVDs, YouTube etc I’d be very glad to hear them. I’ll be reading the guides on this site and others re planking, rigging and so on but my motto is you can never have enough knowledge! Hugh

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