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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. Home Made Mini Mill

    Hi Keith - as an Aussie this made me smile - Melbourne (even this far south of the equator) often gets to high 30s and even 40s on occasion Very nice work with your mill - I just wish I had your tooling skills as there are so many jigs I wish to make. cheers Pat
  2. Why use a CNC Mill

    Hi Doug - signature probably in the signature block and hidden - I find having the signature blocks on wastes too much screen space. Sorry I should have thought of that. Thanks for your continued feedback as I have continued to remain interested in this option (CNC). As Mark points out, CNC could be valuable for repeated efforts, or as you point out for some of the more intricate parts. I must admit I have wasted quite a few pieces by inadvertently (read a lack of skill) not resetting the part correctly for the next step in my manual processes. At this stage I am still trying to learn (and relearn) too many other things than take up G Code and I am not sure my blood pressure would withstand the frustrations I will follow your efforts with interests though. cheers Pat
  3. Why use a CNC Mill

    An interesting analysis Heronguy (name? - sorry I hate using avatar names but I acknowledge privacy is a personal choice also). I went through the DRO vs CNC analysis when I purchased my Sherline also and the DRO won out mainly due to the cons you point out. I have found that except for a very few tasks most can be achieved with a DRO with some care and patience. The two main drivers for my choice were the amount of time I expended on learning yet another skill and, I would still end up with a number of failures etc due to not programming correctly. I therefore went manual, with the assistance of the DRO, to do the jobs I do. When it came down to it it was simple maths and economics: - how often in a build do I use the mill? - how long would it take me to set up the job (for both)? - does the cost differential warrant this? That said, if you have a CNC and mastered G-code; and even better if you can draw the 3D object and transfer/translate to G-code then it is certainly quicker and more efficient to use CNC. Another benefit I suppose is that you could achieve outputs with CNC with far less accessories such as tilting tables, compound cutters (taper accessory) etc. cheers Pat
  4. Thanks to tecko for the gif. I am afraid there is no going back for you Denis. cheers Pat
  5. Birthdays

    Happy birthday Chuck, I hope you get a day away from the shop to celebrate. cheers Pat
  6. Cut down / Razeed ships

    and.... HMS Nelson (1814) which was subsequently transferred to the Colony of Victoria. cheers Pat
  7. Hi, Druxey has steered you in the right direction. If the plans are just an upperdeck / general arrangement drawing, and the usual side profile etc I am not surprised the 'cable lockers' (cable storage compartments/wells) are not shown. These were well down in the ship as they were long and heavy 'beasts', and usually located either side of and as close to the centreline as possible, to assist in vessel stability. Generally, the heavier main cables were the most inboard, then the cablets/spares etc further away from the centreline. All were usually accessed through the same access port or 'naval pipes' on the weather deck. cheers Pat
  8. Another warm welcome to MSW Jobbie. you have a great collection of nicely built models; look forward to your build of Supply. cheers Pat
  9. R.I.P. Michael Zemmel (ca.shipwright)

    RIP Michael, and my condolences to his family Pat
  10. Thay have that routine worked out very well. It is amazing what the old generation could do without the power tools these lads are using. That is not to take away from their skills; they certainly work fast and well. cheers Pat
  11. Ship paintings

    That's a brilliant painting Jim - really catches the fishing village atmosphere cheers Pat
  12. That is a pretty good setup Carl; I am assuming the plated slot is to allow smooth sliding if a steady-rest? Is that a live-centre on the tail end? cheers Pat
  13. Thanks for letting us know - another sad loss to the maritime, and in particular the ship modelling world. Pat
  14. Ship paintings

    Love these two! cheers Pat
  15. Very nice work Eberhard; you have a very nice, practical and efficient tooling setup there now. cheers Pat

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