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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. Seeing one of the Alabama's cannon at the Hunley museum in Charleston, S.C., made me realize that I know next to nothing about how Civil War-era guns were rigged on ships. I've seen large-caliber Dahlgrens and Parrot rifles in fortifications, and figure the pivot/slide arrangement was similar on board ships, but I always figured the 32-pounders and such, like included in the Model Shipways Harriet Lane, were rigged like broadside cannon always had been. Looking at photos from the era, I do see a breech rope, and assume other tackle is there, too. Anyone know for sure?
  2. Artesania Latina Hermione.

    My instructions didn't call for red fixtures (it was a very old kit). The only things I painted red were the carronade slides. I think it would look nice with a little more color to her.
  3. Artesania Latina Hermione.

    What I do, if there are gaps, is use a little bit of watered wood glue to flow into the space. then I will sand and make sure the saw dust goes into the space between planks. It really does provide a nice, tight look and can hide a lot of minor flaws.
  4. Artesania Latina Hermione.

    Here's a look at what I mean
  5. Artesania Latina Hermione.

    I have painted the waterline on a planked ship and painted the whole hull on a solid hull ship. I also have a neighbor who built the Model Expo Constitution and my father-in-law built the Bluenose. In both cases, they painted the hull completely. In all cases mentioned, even the solid hull, you could tell what was underneath the paint was wood. In the case of planked hulls, you can make out the individual planks if you give it a good look.
  6. Retirement

    I built an AL Reynard and enjoyed it. I liked the photo instructions. Much easier to follow than the Constructo and Mamoli kits I've worked on. Good luck and enjoy!
  7. LST 452

    They have a 1.350 resin model here for about $170 http://ironshipwrights.com/ships_350.html and here's a plastic one from Revell in 1.144 for about $50 https://www.hobbyzone.com/hobbies/revell/rvls5123.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR8x0jOdyFtIcl9EKot4YdElHs9ZMUo0-1NkpYs2cdKd1F5nSZMgFMJxoC_1gQAvD_BwE and one from Lindberg for about $15 this appears to be close in appearance to the 452). http://www.activepowersports.com/lindberg-hl213-12-1-245-l-s-t-landing-ship-tank-hl213-12-plastic-military-model/?gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR82PXZjNWtK1vYylZ38TiRKsr25m05V5WybzLEZukX4_hjxb1RMofQRoCzccQAvD_BwE here's a review https://modelingmadness.com/review/misc/ships/berghlst.htm
  8. New member

    Richard, welcome aboard. I hope you're enjoying a well-deserved retirement. I think it might be hard to ID your yacht, but if anyone can do it, the folks here can. Can you post a photo?
  9. Welcome Derek. You'll find this is a great place to learn about ship building with a very supportive community always willing to help out. Good luck with the build. For your second build, I'd recommend something that is double planked - which is a lot more forgiving than a single-plank project.
  10. AL Le Renard

    Photos of my Artesania Latina kit of the cutter Le Renard. Build took me six years of very intermittent work. Had lots of trouble with the bow block filler.
  11. Finished model Bow

    Very nice looking build.

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