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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. Simulating tiny chain

    I know I had mentioned it but Ed Tosti’s Young America builds, one of which is in 1/96, have chains used in the rigging. I think the time period is very close, and he did a remarkable job of it. In fact there is probably a lot of information that would be useful in your Great Eastern endeavor. Regardless, it’s an enjoyable read and the pics are great. Kurt
  2. I really wasn’t being seious.
  3. Simulating tiny chain

    Actually thinking about it, Ed Tosti would be the one to ask. Kurt
  4. Simulating tiny chain

    What scale? Braiding the wire does look very convincing by the way. It isn’t too hard to do. It might be hard to do well for any kind of length beyond about 3 inches. A thought, if you can’t do it convincingly don’t do it at all. That was by no means to be nasty. It will stick out like a sore thumb is the point. Most professional models leave stuff off, because it isn’t sonething you would be able to physically see in reality. Kurt
  5. Looking out of a tavern window at ships at anchor would be cool. It would be a nice way to frame the scene. Kurt
  6. By the time you finished modelling all those kayaks, they’d be fitting you for a straightjacket! Kayaks....nice pretty kayaks....yes, nice lovely kayaks...see the kayaks... my pretty........
  7. How come when searching for all unread content since my last visit it will sometimes open in a page or two before the last page in that thread. For instance I may have read all but the very last post for a topic which happens to be on page 16, but my search will open on page 14 of that topic which was already read. It doesn’t always happen, but does occasionally. It is a puzzlement. Kurt
  8. I recently found a fiction series that seems a little different from the majority that is available. The first book, which I'm reading right now is Britannia's Wolf, The Dawlish Chronicals, September 1877, written by Antoine Vanner. It reads pretty well. The first book is about a British naval officer on loan to the Ottoman Navy and it's conflict with the Russians in the late Victorian era. Kind of a change from the wooden walls, but not what would be considered a modern navy yet. Kurt
  9. I’ve been catching up with BE’s Cheerful thread and I have a question. Below photos he has inserted in his posts in the left lower corner of the pic there is a 4 digit number. These do not necessarily run in sequence, they may go back by maybe 6 or so then the next picture is back where it should be. Pictures in the same thread placed by someone else, like me, have no number. Also in placeing pictures, several in the same post, I can’t seem to control the order they appear or to rearrange the order before I send the post. Even if I delete them and reinsert them. I’m sure it’s something very stupid on my part. Kurt
  10. You got that right! Kurt
  11. Oh, the sweep ports. Doh!!! Nevermind. Kurt
  12. Okay, but what is happening to the right the left gun port here. Why isn’t that frame a normal one? That’s the part I don’t understand. Kurt
  13. What is the structural purpose of frames that have bent tops, like those seen in the Pegasus? Kurt
  14. Rigging for Dummies

    I found my copy of zu Mondfeld and it looks like it will do the trick! Thanks. Kurt

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