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      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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  • Birthday 03/01/1951

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  1. I don't have any experience with the Billings Marie Jeanne but I do have the AL one. My impression is that the kit is pretty decent. The laser cutting is very clean and sharp. Fittings look good and the strip wood is African Walnut, Ramin and sapele. Keel and frames are ply. Instructions could be better but arn't the worst I have seen. The illustrations are very helpful.
  2. Two things. First, what type of copper are you turning? There are many grades and alloys of copper and they have different properties. Second, if you use lard or bacon fat be sure to clean it up really well. When it starts to go rancid it can really stink up a place.
  3. I just bought a Panart Lancia Baleniera kit off of ebay. Was wondering if anyone had build this kit or knew of a build log for one. It is interesting because it is an example of a whaleboat with a straight stern post and was used for shore whaling. Any info on what to look out for when building the kit or tips on making it more accurate or authentic would be great.
  4. Seems every forum and magazine has an endless supply of certain model builds. HMS Victory, USS Constitution, The Bismark, etc. Of course there are other builds but I would guess that 75% of articles are about 10 to 20 ships. Not that these arn't great kits and builds but where are all the others? There are lots of kits available other than the relative handful that keep showing up and new ones appearing regularly. Is it a matter of new comers to the hobby picking well known subjects or maybe the ships and kits that get the most advertising end up being the ones that get built most often? Not criticizing or complaining, just wondering why we don't see a more diverse selection.
  5. Choosing chisels

    If you have the money and really want the veritas or Lie Nielson chisels by all means go for it. On the other hand if a good set of chisels at a lower cost would work as well why not save the money. I bought a set of Woodpecker micro chisels off of ebay because they were cheap and looked interesting. Was not expecting much because of the price and the fact that they were made in China. I was pleasantly surprised by them. They looked well made and sharpened nicely. Even cheap chisels can be made of good steel. There are also some South Korean chisels out there that look interesting. Not everyone is willing to buy a cheap chisel and work it over but I find that that is part of the fun. PS making your own from drill rod is also fun.
  6. Billings Boats Kit Accuracy

    Thanks for the info. Do you have any experience with the Artesia Latina model of a Dutch botter?
  7. Billings Boats Kit Accuracy

    The Zeeschouw and Statenjacht.
  8. I have been looking at building a couple of the Billings Dutch boats. I have limited knowledge of how these boats were built and would like some opinions on how accurate Billings kits are. For starters I know their instructions are kind of minimal but is the design true to the type and period?
  9. You can get blank decal paper that works in inkjet printers. Draw the lettering or scroll work using a program like paint or a cad program like designcad or turbo cad. Print the artwork on the paper and apply the resulting decal. I believe these sheets are called water slide decal sheets. There are two types, clear and white. Use the one that works best for you.
  10. Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii)

    Looks like nice wood. Here is a link to some information about its characteristics. http://www.wood-database.com/tasmanian-myrtle/
  11. You can use a dapping block to make metal domes. Here is a link to a set on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JPLHDR8/ref=asc_df_B00JPLHDR85356372/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B00JPLHDR8&linkCode=df0&hvadid=216554815864&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=533642903297776801&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015579&hvtargid=pla-416568837597 . You can probably find the same thing cheaper on eBay. You can find these in pretty much any size you need.
  12. Wood for Keel/Frame Project

    If you are willing to consider woods other than pear or boxwood you might want to go with maple. It is an outstanding wood for framing and keel and is easy to stain to look like other woods. Go to any hardware store that sells wood and they probably have maple available. If you can pick over what they have on hand look for one with a tight grain and not to much figure but any decent piece will work. As for making your own lumber it isn't hard with a table saw. Use a hollow ground planer blade and be very careful with your fence setting and you can cut some really accurate strips. Unless you are looking for really thin strips you should be able to get what you need straight from the saw. There are numerous sites on the web with how to articles on doing this.
  13. Lots of fun in Hawaii today

    Got an alert on my cell phone this morning that there was a missile inbound to Hawaii and that it was not a drill. Not much you can do about something like that so brought the dogs inside, checked to see that my wife and father in law were ok and waited. 38 minutes later we got an alert that the earlier alert had been a false alarm. Turns out it was actually someone pushing the wrong button. Seems that there should have been someway to ensure that button didn't get push accidentally but I wasn't there so can't say. We are over 200 miles from Honolulu and there are a couple of really big mountains between there and Mt. View where we live so I wasn't to worried about things here but Honolulu went into panic mode. People hiding in storm drains, crying in the streets, frantically texting loved ones. Can't blame them but when you are in the middle of the bullseye you might as well sit back and wait for it. Nothing you can do if a bomb does hit. Now of course everyone is blaming everyone else for the screw up. Some are even blaming the President even though the alert system is an entirely state run affair and no one outside of Hawaii has any control over it. Guess people just can't thank God that it was a false alarm and get on with life.
  14. Greenwich Hospital Barge Kit?

    What I figured it was but was hoping someone made a legal one.
  15. Is there any legit manufacture putting out a kit of the Greenwich Hospital Barge? Looks like a really interesting small boat.

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