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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 04/05/1954

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  1. Hey guys - this forum is supposed to be in English. What language are you speaking?
  2. Thanks for the update, Mike. I marvel at details like the bowsprit opening. Since they cannot pop the bowsprit in every few minutes after reshaping the various surfaces of the opening (like we can on a model) I wonder how they get such a precise fit.
  3. Wonder what this is?

    It's entitled “Leviathan” Ark of the Apocalypse. Eight feet tall (on a seven foot custom display table), two and a half feet wide, and roughly 200 pounds, it took 14 months to complete. No price quoted for the piece but he did sell it and it is someone's foyer (or crypt).
  4. Just to be clear this is the work of Denis Rakaric, on behalf of Admiralty Models. I believe his work ranks among the best in the world!
  5. What have you received today?

    Very crafty of your publisher, Ken. I already have your first edition (which is superb). Could you titilate us with a brief overview of whats in the working with brass shipbuilding chapter in the new edition?
  6. We want to make this CD as accurate and fun as possible but also affordable to everyone. Some of the higher end animations may not run on everyone's computers. We'll have to see how large the files are when finished. But chew on these for now. Denis is a genius!
  7. Yes, Dan, it will be available to all, most likely on a thumb drive as these files are huge!
  8. boat build commission requested

    I think perhaps professional ship model builders who take commissions are few and far between. In addition, many potential buyers are often shocked at the price of a commission (usually several thousand dollars). Is the buyer looking for a museum quality model? A model that looks good but not quite up to museum standards?
  9. If you really wanted to help the ship modelling community you would install an automatic cut-off feature wherein browsers of the MSW site would automatically be logged off after one hour of browsing. The message would be "Get back to your own ship model!".
  10. First Resawing Adventure

    Regarding the wood blanks for masts and spars I have had similar problems (I believe it's referred to as sprung wood). Jeff Hayes, formerly of the HobbyMill, was particularly adept at providing perfectly straight lengths of boxwood for mast and spars. I have some blanks of wood from him over a decade old that are still straight as a pool cue.
  11. I just tried out my new Porter Cable hot air gun for the first time and the results were astonishing! I bent a 1/8" boxwood strip, 1/2" wide, in several directions in less thank a minute. No water, no opening grain and no marks. It's almost as if the lignins are liquified and retain their new shape as the heat is turned off. Although not happy about ruining a perfectly good strip of boxwood I'm never going back to soaking wood and clamping in place until dry to bend. But be careful not to burn your fingers! I did use a blow dryer previously, as Chuck has demonstrated, and achieved mixed results but nothing comparable to the above. Here's a link for anyone interested. Thanks to Michael for exposing me to it (I believe) in one of his posts. https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-PC1500HG-1500-Watt-Heat-Gun/dp/B004Q04X44/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514407837&sr=8-3&keywords=hot+air+gun
  12. Yes Cliff, a picture is worth a thousand words. I, of course, am omitting the numerous intermediate photos involved in every step of the building process that Denis has included. I would highly recommend any Swan class model builders to wait until the work is finished as it is as valuable as TFFM texts are for building.
  13. Our Swan rendering guru Denis is already up to Chapter 9 in The Fully Framed Model. Those who have built a Swan class model will appreciate how detailed and perfect (unlike our models) his work is. Note the sandwiched leather between saucers in the second photo emerging from the pump within the cistern. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from Admiralty Models!
  14. Introducing myself

    Welcome aboard Steve. You may be interested in the work of Olof Erikson. Olof has built a Cutty Sark as well as Victory and Constitution...all in steel. Of course he has the advantage of being a master machinist and owns a large industrial manufacturing company where he also built his models in his spare time (or on the clock since it's his company). Here's a link to some photos of one of his models http://uniquesystems.com/u-s-s-constitution/. Do consider that a fully rigged (steel rigging of course) steel model of Constitution weighs 1300 pounds and requires a case 15' x 8' x 10'. This could upset some spouses. His Victory Model is featured in a two part Scale Ship Modeler Magazine (1990) article and this stainless steel model is an exact duplicate of Longridge's model in London, right down to the anchor stock planking of the hull.

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