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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. New guy building the Smuggler

    Hi guys and thank you for your comments. The book is on it´s way, excellent suggestion! I just had a brief look at Bob´s Smuggler; INCREDIBLE! Best regards, Gunnar
  2. New guy building the Smuggler

    I guys, thank you for your reply. When I started to cut the hull templates yesterday evening, I quickly realised that the "wood log" in the kit only roughly resembles the actual hull. So, there have to be a significant amount of fairing after all. Studying the scribed veneer for the deck that is included in the kit, I also realised just how small a 2 mm deck plank really is! I will take one step at a time now and start with the hull fairing. Best regards, Gunnar
  3. Hi all! My name is Gunnar and I just joined this fine forum. After 45 years of being occupied with other things (you know, "life"), I at the age of 60 have started to build a model ship again. Just finished the "Lincolnville wherry" from Bluejacket (not exactly a ship but anyway) and my family has brought me the "Smuggler" from Bluejacket as a birthday present. Now, that is something else! Since I have spent all my life sailing, I am quite familiar with sail handling in general, so the much more complex rigging of a schooner isn´t that intimidating after all. The documentation mentions in a couple of places that you can go for a simplified method if you prefer and I would definitely consider to not overdo the finetuning of the hull shape. The most important thing with a hull is that it looks fair and if the templates doesn´t show any sudden bumps etc, I think I will be satisfied with that. However, with the deck I personally have a different opinion. I have allways felt that a beautiful deck is the first thing you notice on a yacht and I would really try to skip the scribed veneer that comes with the kit and instead do it plank by plank. The main reason is to avoid the simplified deck patttern on the quarter deck and possibly also the simplified "covering board" on the foredeck. A question for you: what would the preferred method of simulating the seams be? I have seen variants using pencil lead, wax crayon as well as acrylic paint. Best regards, Gunnar

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