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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. Brilliant, Denis! I will be smiling all day. Dan
  2. Greg, Denis - Just found this log and am blown away like everyone else. I have the books but not the plans. Can I still purchase the image set when it is done? If so, I know what I want for next Christmas. Dan
  3. Hi Charlie - Putting on my shipwright's cap, here's my two cents: The 'flashing' is not so much to keep water out of the galley as it is to stabilize the chimney coming off the stove. It would need some support as it goes up through the deck, and a strong metal plate secured to the grating would fit the bill. Any sort of wooden support would get too hot, I think. When it rained, the tarp that appears in one of the Mamoli photos could be used (although I am a bit wary of relying on a detail from a model where the gratings do not have a solid perimeter). As for the direction of the top of the Charlie Noble, pretty much any orientation is OK, since they turned to stay out of the windstream. Use your best artistic judgement. In the real world, sideways to the wind was probably best, since it would pull the smoke most strongly up the chimney, like blowing across the top of a straw. They just had to be sure not to face it into the wind, or the smoke would be blown right back down. The carronade and pivot mount are coming along nicely. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Dan
  4. Oneida (1809) US brig of war

    Scratch built at 1/96 (1/8") scale from Chapelle's plans. Primary woods are cherry for the hull, holly for the deck, pau marfim for fittings, carronade carriages, masts, and carved figures. Construction was halted wen historic research revealed that the raised foredeck and pivot gun were removed shortly after construction.
  5. stern view

    Thanks Nils - It turned out to be an interesting exercise in kit-bashing. It reminded me why I scratch-build - even with a very well-designed kit, there were still built-in mistakes to trip up the unwary. Be well Dan
  6. bow deck

    Hi - The model is in 1:32 scale and was built from archaeological notes and drawings of a similar ship excavated at Roskilde, Denmark. I tried to be true to the building methods of the Vikings, so it is lapstrake planked with rivets through the overlaps. Frames are treenailed to the ribs, which were individually fitted to the planks, which were built first over a mold before the framing was installed. The most difficult pieces were the complicated stem and stern pieces which have a series of steps for the plank heads to attach to, but which have to be carved before the planks exist. Glad you enjoy the photos. Dan Pariser
  7. This Norse merchantman is the type used by Leif Erikson to land on Vinland (North America). She was built for the Mariner's Museum in Virginia at a scale of 1:32 using archaeologist's notes of one excavated in Roskilde, Denmark. Framing, stem and sternpieces are cherry, planking is pau marfim. All rigging is laid up linen line, but conjectural as to how it ran.
  8. Yacht America (1851)

    From the Bluejacket kit with open framing. Scratch-built deck and deck fixtures.
  9. SS Uruguay

    Built as the SS California in 1928, she was renamed in 1938 and put into service to South America as part of the "Good Neighbor" fleet. She ferried troops and refugees during the war before returning to civilian life. The hull is basswood, the superstructures are wood sheathed in plastic. Decks are printed paper, lifeboats and deck fittings are cast metal.
  10. USS Maine

    Built for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum (Building 92) in 1:72 scale. Carved resin hull and superstructures, printed paper decks, brass railings and small guns, wooden detailing of vacuum formed plastic boats. Sailors adapted from Revell Germany figures.

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