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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 Texas!

  2. Hello

    Thanks for the welcome! I’m looking forward to learning from everyone here!
  3. What constitutes “Fighting Sails”?

    Thanks guys, much appreciated
  4. What exactly constitutes fighting sails for the British? In nearly every old painting depicting a sea battle, the ships participating had the main sails furled with the others out. I’m asking because I want to build my HMS Victory as she would appear in battle. Thanks in advance.
  5. I also use acrylics.
  6. When I need to make plastic resin or metal models look like wood, I paint it dark brown and then drybrush in successive shades of lighter brown (less paint each shade) until I get to either a yellow ochre or ivory color depending on what I’m trying to make the part look like.
  7. British Beginner

    Speaking of the blunt bow on the Endeavour, don't do what I did on my Endeavour (Mamoli 1:100) build. I didn't use filler pieces in the bow, like most planking guides suggest. Make sure you do. It will make your life much easier. It screwed my bow up badly and caused me much filling and sanding, to make the second layer of planking go on right.
  8. What have you received today?

    I got my plans for HMS Triton this morning! Triton will be my first scratch build, right after I finish the Victory . I've spent several hours gathering more information since getting the plans. I will be building the Triton at either 1:48 or 28mm (1:56) scale. I know that I can get crew members for my Triton, at 28mm scale, with only a minimum of conversion involved. I like very large scale and very detailed models. I also like to weather my models and make them look well used, especially military models. I am very excited to get my plans! I am looking forward to beginning my build. This will be fun!
  9. Hello

    I've been building models for a long time now (well over 20 years). I'm currently building the Mantua 1:98 HMS Victory. I'm going with Lord Nelson's Trafalgar color scheme. I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out. I joined the site to learn. I'm hoping to break over into scratch building in the near future.

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