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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. Your favorite saying

    Here are four quotes that I can always remembering some of my teachers reciting. Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over. Walter Anderson Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that , who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes. Billy Connolly I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names and......................I can't remember what the third thing is. Fred Allen And this last one from my college physics teacher. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. Terry Pratchett
  2. If you intend to put actual wood decking down or just draw it out, there is an add on wood veneer kit made for the Revell plastic model that I have shown below. This is made for a 1:96 scale ship but, if nothing else, you can you can use it as a guide for your planking layout.
  3. Another method would be to plane or sand the wood into much thinner planks which will bend much more readily. Then soak or steam the planks to make them more pliable and bend enough layers of these thin planks to total the required final thickness around a form matching the shape required and clamp to dry. When dry, laminate the layers with a thin layer of glue between and clamp the layers back on to the form and let dry. This may be a bit involved but with this method you can bend planks into very tight bends and there will be very little if any spring-back. Once trimmed and sanded they should be very easy to apply.
  4. Another method would be to plane or sand the wood into much thinner planks which will bend much more readily. Then soak or steam the planks to make them more pliable and bend enough layers of these thin planks to total the required final thickness around a form matching the shape required and clamp to dry. When dry, laminate the layers with a thin layer of glue between and clamp the layers back on to the form and let dry. With this method you can bend planks into very tight bends and there will be very little if any spring-back. Once trimmed and sanded they should be very easy to apply.
  5. Ship paintings

    Great! I still think that your tall ship illustrations are some of your best stuff.
  6. rigid ratlines

    Thanks a lot for all the comments guys. This is one of the great things about this forum, many different views on just about any facet of ships, be it models or full size ships! I figured that someone here would be able to come up some answers, or at least where to look for them.
  7. Animal photos

    Birds of a feather: Unusual friends: What can I say about these two!
  8. rigid ratlines

    While researching the whaling bark Wanderer, I found that the ratlines were actually bars made from wood or metal. (not sure which but several other whalers were also outfitted with this feature) You can see them in the circled area of the photo below that they were attached to the face of the shrouds, but I was also unable to determine exactly how they were lashed in place. This is another detail that most contemporary models or plans of this ship do not show. (including the Aurora kit and the A.J. Fisher blueprints) If they were just tied in place, what would keep the ratline bars and the shrouds from shifting sideways? Did they have some kind of notch or pin in the ratline bar to give them better purchase to keep them secured, or would the lashing alone be enough? Does any one else have any suggestions? By the way this photo was taken from Whale Ships and Whaling by Albert Cook Church, and it is a real good source of info and photos on this ship and several other famous whalers, (including the Charles W. Morgan) if anyone else is interested in modeling this type of ship.
  9. Since returning from Door Co. this Spring (?) we have had several more snow events here at home. The last one on Tuesday just gave us 7.2 more inches of snow and ice! This really is spring is't it? Oops, I shouldn't talk too loud, the guy in charge may just send some more if we aren't careful.
  10. church lady typos

    These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: -------------------------- The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. -------------------------- Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled Proceeds will be used to cripple children. -------------------------- The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water. 'The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' -------------------------- Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands. -------------------------- Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. -------------------------- Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. -------------------------- For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. -------------------------- Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir They need all the help they can get. -------------------------- Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. -------------------------- A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. -------------------------- At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice. -------------------------- Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. -------------------------- Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. -------------------------- The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. -------------------------- Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow. -------------------------- The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. -------------------------- This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. -------------------------- The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. -------------------------- Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door. -------------------------- Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church Please use large double door at the side entrance. -------------------------- And this one just about sums them all up The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.' Some people never did quite get the hang of typing, be it on a typewriter, computer, or cell phone! Apparently proofreading is also a lost art. Dave
  11. R.I.P. Captain Bob

    Perhaps someone in administration should remove Captain Bob from the birthday list as he is obviously not an active member anymore. Maybe a memorial note on his birthday anniversary would be in order instead. There may be others in the same situation so maybe if other members are aware of our other deceased members they could advise administration also.
  12. I just received my order of Chucks' rigging rope which included the 4 mm hooks. While I am very pleased with the rope, there seems to be a discrepancy with the hooks. The hooks look different than the 3 mm hooks that came my previous order of blocks. Obviously they were a different size, but they also were not the same pattern. (The rope hole for the 4 mm was actually smaller than the hole on the 3 mm hooks. A .5 mm drill bit would pass thru the smaller hook but could not pass thru the larger one.) If you look at the pictures above closely you can see that the hole in the small hook takes up almost the entire end of the hook while on the larger hook it takes up much less. Then I looked at the number stamped on the brass and found that while the 3 mm hook was labeled 90006.3mmA (as shown on the web site), the 4 mm hook was labeled 90006.4mm without the A. So apparently the A series must be different from the one without it. Hopefully the A series in the 4 mm hook size is still available for exchange. The larger hole size is the reason I need the larger one as I have to get a heavier line thru it. I would hesitate to try and drill the hole larger as that really doesn't sound feasible at all.
  13. So, since Saturday the latest snow event has left 25 inches of snow and ice at our place in Door Co! Since our place is in a very wooded area it won't be going away any time soon. That is a record for any winter snow event up there even though winter was supposedly long gone.
  14. Newest Door Co. forecast: This Afternoon: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow, mainly between 1pm and 3pm. High near 30. Very windy, with an east northeast wind 32 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snowaccumulation of around 12 inches. Tonight: Snow and freezing rain before 1am, then freezing drizzle, possibly mixed with snow. Areas of blowing snow before midnight, then areas of blowing snow after 1am. Low around 28. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of around 3 inches. Monday: Snow showers likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle, becoming all snow after 7am. Patchy blowing snow before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snowaccumulation of around 2 inches. Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Anyone up for a dip in the pool? Oh wait, first you have to remove the 22 inches of snow on the ground right now!
  15. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    This reminds me of an episode of Better Late Than Never filmed in Sweden on TV last season that featured former boxer George Foreman, actor Bill Shatner (Star Trek), actor Henry Winkler (The Fonz on Happy Days), former Pittsburgh Steeler QB Terry Bradshaw, and stand-up comedian Jeff Dye traveling abroad. They all were to sample a 16th century Swedish dish in a can referred to as fermented herring. Apparently the smell alone (described on the show as long dead rats floating in a sewer) is enough to make most people gag! (One of their cameramen actually upchucked on camera.) Terry took one whiff and immediately took off running, and Henry had a similar reaction. However, Bill and George didn't think it was bad at all. Terry and Henry could only look on in disgust (me too) from a distance when Bill and George began to eat it. Then Bill decided that Terry needed a taste and ran (if one would ever describe what an 80+ guy could do as running) after Terry to give him a sample. Terry, the ex QB's last comment about it was that he would never be able to live it down that he was run down by an 87 year old man! Personally, I'm more of a basic meat and potatoes kind of guy, so I guess most of the stuff described here is just not my cup of tea. During my brief military career in Missouri and Oklahoma I was never really able to acquire a taste for grits even though it seemed to come with every meal. To each his own I guess.

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