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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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  • Birthday 04/20/1949

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    Middletown, CT, USA
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    modeling sailing ships, from 1500 to 1850, trains, armor, WW1 airplanes and wooden toys, president CT Marine Model Club, member Mystic Seaport, member Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers club, member NRG

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  1. My condolences also for his family. As Druxey said above, John had an amazing amount of knowledge and was very generous is sharing it both in print and social media. RIP John................. Duff
  2. My buddy and I visited her in 2013 and our jaws dropped to stone floor when we entered. Well worth a visit, and a second time would be super! Thank you for posting the pix. Duff
  3. Syren rigging hooks

    Hey Jim, you may need to ream them, or use 2 or 3 sizes drill bits. Duff
  4. Welcome aboard Marc~! The Connie is very dear to us and our naval tradition; she is still the flagship of our North Atlantic fleet. Keep building and above all, have fun. Duff
  5. What constitutes “Fighting Sails”?

    GrandpaPhil, good advice by Mark and Wayne. The courses also posed a significant fire hazard during battle from their own guns as well as from the enemy, so brailing reduced that problem. Brailing the courses also improved visibility. Good luck with your build~! Duff
  6. PE Tool Suggestion

    Dan's half needle idea is good - I also use a very small loop of wire held in a dowel. Duff
  7. Selling Models

    Good idea Mike. The tax write off is only for the cost of the kit and supplies, not for the labor. Another suggestion is social media. Duff
  8. I too have one and it does the job for me, but as Mike said, one has to be aware of its limitations. For me, I added an adjustable stop on the starboard side which allows repetitive cuts of the same length. Plus the real benefit is cutting brass and aluminum tubing. For $33, it is a decent tool. Duff
  9. A lathe for masts and spars

    A lathe is not required. Decent spars can be made with a drill (corded or battery) and sand paper. Duff
  10. Rigging Line

    Hey John, I have used it, for restorations of pond models and a couple of Leclerc mantle type models (The America and a 3 masted schooner). It is a joy to use and behold. Ditto to Frankie's report above. Duff
  11. Hi Mike, like Doug does with a spring clamp, I usually use a small metal machinists parallel clamp that has more holding power, as the need arises. Over bending the plank is also very important. Keep building and above all, have fun. Duff
  12. Hi Bob, I am surprised by the comments regarding Vasa, Vol2. My understanding is Mr. Fred Hocker of the Vasa Museum in Stockholm is leading the charge, working with the printers and getting it ready for publication. Has Fred contacted you for help? Duff
  13. Hi Greg, mesmerizing, just awesome. Sign me up for the additional photos when ready. I have started the Vulture (hi Dan) and these will help me along. Happy holidays~! Duff
  14. Introducing myself

    Welcome aboard Steve TheMad~! I see you are also an early riser or a late lurker............ Models of metal ships are relatively rare and the skill set is different as you know. Nevertheless, you will find excellent histories, techniques and advice on this forum, and many very helpful modelers. No questions go unanswered. I would also like to see a couple of pix of your recent work, and a progress report of your Viking long boat. Duff
  15. The wisdom of buying expensive tools when you’re old...

    Yes, most of us have TS's without the stop feature, so most of us must be especially careful. For me, I use a variety of push sticks, hold downs and feature boards, all home made and thrown away when chewed up. One must also pay close attention to kick backs, so be sure the fence has a slight run out (.005 or so) away from the back of the blade, and stand to the side so your leg does not get hit. If an operation does not feel right, STOP and rethink. Stay safe and have fun. Duff

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