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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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  1. Old sergal sovereign of the sea

    The old Sergal kits are really problematic worse if it is missing parts.I would stay away from it.Cheers! John.
  2. I love your interest in all the victory feeds john, I guess you had some interest in her.


    Regards  OC.

  3. Any modelers in the Montreal area ?

    Well, let's just say I won't have the room for large dioramas and the stuff that it takes to make them but I will be modeling as long as my hands and eyes hold out.After 45 years of doing this stuff, I won't be quitting anytime soon.Cheers! John.
  4. At 78 I need to downsize and have to get rid of a lot of modeling stuff in the near future. I am willing to give away to the right person.Cheers! John.
  5. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Continued building my "Fantasy" diorama.And picking up my car at the repair shop after an accident.The policy has changed here in Canada,instead of just scrapping your car and offering you the market value of a ten-year-old car they repair it instead for older folks who have well maintained their car well over over the years.It's hard to believe but I guess some corporations have a heart.Cheers! John.
  6. HMS Victory today... a bunch of photos I took.

    WOW! those are great pics.Thanks, Rob.
  7. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    This diorama is 95% wood built mostly with coffee stir sticks and tongue depressors readily available anywhere.Now on permanent display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa Canada.Appraised value by Shep Paine twenty-five thousand U.S. dollars.I am very proud of this and am not bragging here but stating a "Mission Accomplished" fact.I first picked up Shep's book back in the early 70's and promised myself that one day I would this too.Over the years I often leafed through it but I was too busy woodcarving at the time. At age 60 in the year 2000 I finally got the chance to dedicate myself to dioramas.One thing led to another and I needed an appraiser for my work for the museum.I figured ah what the hell I might as well go to the top and ask Shep all he can do is say no. Well, he didn't but what really surprised me is that he appraised my work at the same level as what he was getting for his famous Box Dioramas.Just before he retired he had asked that others take up the from where he had left. off.I am very proud that I took up this challenge.I am so happy and especially at an art level that he appreciated my work.The last evaluation that he did for me was only a few days before his death.Thanks to Shep my mission was accomplished.
  8. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    Now back to the Barnstormer era.This is an airshow bike leaning up against a wall.I re-designed it a bit to better fit into the era.I do take a little artistic license here and there nobody notices except few nitpickers.I mostly do these dioramas to educate the kids about the era.
  9. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    I love this site.They allow such large pics that really shows off your work.
  10. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    This is 1/16th scale.It is built mostly from coffee stir sticks and tongue depressors and pine and plywood from the local hardware store.This is the base under construction.It is pretty much self-explanatory.
  11. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    Here is my last diorama under construction it is called "Against the Wind" and it is of the Fokker research facility in Germany.He worked under contract with the government.I cheated a bit here as it would be late 1918 just before the end of the war but I want to show you guys my basic methodology for building these dioramas.
  12. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    My friend and appraiser Shep Paine.
  13. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    Hi Roger ! thank you for your kind words.If the aircraft that you remember seeing,if it were Canadian it would be called the Jenny Canuck.I had a different tail design and no downward tilt of the engine.Back in the 60's my dad and I rebuilt a 1929 Beech Travelair.I donated it to a museum when he passed in 1985.My dad and my brother and I were all commercial pilots,long retired now.Cheers! John.
  14. "Keepers of the Flame-1919-1929." 1/16th Diorama.

    Here is a small vignette of the under-construction storage area for the airshow performances.

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