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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. Thanks, interesting Piece. jud
  2. Perhaps air Shields, to protect all but the intended sail, a fine mist of water and starch and a fan, might need to start wet, not just damp. Finnish up with the exhaust from you vacuum cleaner, hose and crevice tool to put the air where needed. might think about fabricating a Y between the hose and tool to bleed off and control air volume acting on sail. Good luck, this will be interesting. jud
  3. My first carving experiment

    My first, pocket knife and a broken board from a pallet, Mount 36 USS Harnett County LST 821, RVN 1967. Poor photo of results, but all I have, made two, still have them.
  4. Greatest 74 gun ship

    Many ships are equal, it is the crew, seamanship and luck that collects honors. The question can't be answered, you will find a thousand answers, each different and each correct and a disagreement with all.
  5. terminology question - points off

    That Compass Rose might be printed in reverse image, if the Lubbers Line were on the Helmsman's side of the binnacle. On the far side it would be as shown with a magnifying device set on the top glass when steering by degrees became the norm. jud
  6. Safe to assume that the Laws of Physics remained constant during the years in question as they do today and knowing how much effort went into building and outfitting a ship, avoidable damage was not the norm. Bumpers on the Bulwarks or rounded contact projections on the carriages with a sacrificial contact point at every port only makes sense. Thanks for the continued research you have done. You have filled in the missing link that has been bothering me about the common depiction of gun ports. jud
  7. terminology question - points off

    360°/32 = 11.25° or 11° 15'.
  8. We left the Bloomers on when we fired these, AP round makes it a 365 pounder or 8" 55. Expect the half ports were done both ways. Had more fun with the Bofers. jud
  9. Looks like a secure and quick way to secure a lid closed with a moderate amount of closing pressure. Such a setup would allow some oakum to be placed around the sill, port closed against it and the board, hooks and wedges taped into place, making a seal from the oakum that would not cause binding on lid or port as sealing the sides might do. jud
  10. Have seen the references of the bottom boards of gun carriages extended forward and convex to the gun, so they could rest against the sides and keep the wheels free of the side allowing the training of the gun to be smooth, even then I would expect a sacrificial rub block to be mounted on the bulwarks. Those training tackles would be problematic if the gun needed to be trained forward or back with the gun resting on its flat face then bouncing around one wheel as the gun was pointed. The idea of the waterways holding the wheels clear of the bulwarks when training it around using tackles is against the laws of physics, the wheel will run up the slope or jump the curb running it's sharp corner into the bulwarks and causing damage at the contact point. No, the gun needs to be stopped before the wheels come in contact with the sides and that stop must allow for the training of the gun around without jamming a wheel into the bulwarks. If the gun was restricted so both front wheels and it's carriage face contact the bulwarks at the same time a stop or buffer would also be needed, but they are required to be aimed, probably through a 30° arc. The buffer makes sense and fulfills a missing link in gun handling through gun ports. Would expect the contacting surfaces to be lined with harness leather.
  11. I have been looking for these stop beams for a long time now. Having experience at sea and with guns and how it all works together, I have been very discomforted with no stop beams or a similar provisions being in place for the gun carriages to rest against and allow sideways aiming through the ports. Poorly received when asking about such bumpers, Unable to turn the focus from the configuration of the Gun Port fitting, to the Gun and its need to prevent damage to the port, Bulwark or the often noted Waterway. This stop or Bumper has nothing to do with the Gun Port Lid or it fitting into the sides of the ship, but that Bumper has a lot to do with protecting all of it, it probably was so common it was hidden in plain sight and not mentioned. Takes an 1798 wreck to bring common sense back where it can be seen and where protection from damage to the ship is so clearly needed. Gunner at 13, had to roll my own.
  12. Brass piano hinges

    Might try a Jewelers supply outlet, last one I bought was years ago, it is about 0.15' open and 4' long, used it to mount a solid core hospital door I bought from a, now defunct, salvage outfit on a steel desk that was Boeing surplus I still use as a drafting table. Threw some sources in the mix, might trigger something you can use in your quest. Good Luck jud
  13. This is how we did it. Our magazines were full and we went through lots of ammo, not the approved method of storing ready service ammo, but demands for fire support were met. Don't know how they did it aboard the Cheerful, probably different.
  14. Knots

    Find a 4 or 5 foot section of cotton rope, (clothesline rope), 1/4" will do 3/8" if you can find it and start tying the hitches and bends, you will have 2 ends so bends can be tied to see how they work. You can use broom handles, chair backs any number of thing around the house to learn your marlinespike seamanship, actually 3 or four different bends and hitches is all you really need. There are books and some sites on line that will show you how to make any knot, hitch, bend or splice you need, heck next month you may be trying monkey fists on the ends of heaving lines to hang around your model. Learning this stuff can be fun and some of us use much of it in real life, ashore or afloat. jud

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