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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. Hello from spain to everybody

    Many thanks - I look forward to seeing your build log.
  2. Hello from spain to everybody

    I agree with everyone else Javier - your work is superb. I’d love to see more examples, and details of your construction techniques (I showed my wife your pictures and she is now asking why I can’t make my models as small as yours as they would take up so much less space in the house!). Best wishes Derek
  3. Cunk on Britain

    The BBC describe this series as "mockumentaries". I hope no-one is taking them seriously?!...
  4. I find the black coated wire a bit too shiny for my taste. I've tried black iron wire (from wires.co.uk) with some success. It's a dull dark gray, rather than pure black, but to my eye that looks more realistic for ironwork. Others have pointed out that iron rusts, but so far I've not had that problem. A coat of matt varnish should keep the air and moisture out (I hope!). Derek
  5. Thanks for the tip. I looked for it on Amazon just now and saw that it is free to read if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. It’s a while since I’ve found a new maritime author so I’m looking forward to reading it. Derek
  6. Yup. Just tried clicking well under the arrow and it works! Anywhere near the arrow doesn't work. Oh well, all part of life's rich tapestry. I'll get back to more trivial stuff now.
  7. Just tried it on my PC - standard Windows 10, 64 bit system. The up arrow doesn't work in either Chrome or Edge for me. But then I had neither used it nor even noticed it before, so I don't miss it!
  8. 4.jpg

    Beautiful planking/lovely model - you must be very pleased!
  9. Good question. According to my dictionary (O.E.D.), period has many meanings including: "attributive = belonging to a particular period, e.g. period costume". I guess this usage assumes the reader or listener understands which period is being referred to from the context. So for example in a discussion about Shakespeare's Macbeth the statement that the actors were in period costume would tell you that they were dressed as 11th century Scots. However I suspect 'period' is used in a slightly looser way in relation to ship modelling. When I hear the term 'period ships', I tend to think of naval vessels of the Georgian era, but that's only because that's the period I'm most interested in. I'd be intrigued to know if others have a different/better take on this? Derek
  10. Got mine - really good value. Thanks for the tip!
  11. Syren Serv-o-Matic

    Thanks Jim. I’ll follow your advice.
  12. I've just had my first go with the Syren Serv-o-Matic. As with the Rope Rocket that I used for the first time last week, I cleaned off the laser char and applied a couple of coats of varnish. I really felt this was worth the trouble, to bring out the fine cherry. As with the Rocket however, I made the mistake of assembling the components before varnishing them. I was too impatient, and assembled both machines before realising it was then harder to apply the varnish - especially without gumming up the moving parts. I should have followed Chuck's instructions, which as usual are comprehensive and well illustrated. A couple of points I would emphasise from my own experience. First, it really is vital to ensure all the gears move freely - to the extent that they almost feel loose and sloppy. If you watch Chuck's short Youtube video you'll get an idea of how everything should move, powered by just one finger. Another point Chuck makes in the instructions that I would echo is the importance of getting the right tension in the rope being served - too loose and it is difficult to get the serving thread to lay on properly; too taut and the rope will pull the handles in to the machine ends and make the gears too stiff to turn freely. I quickly found there is a knack to serving. It's not super difficult, but it does need practice. I experimented on a piece of light coloured rope for contrast, which tends to highlight the mistakes. I'm not sure how easy it is to see in the picture, but the serving starts out a bit gappy and lumpy on the lefthand side, then gets better towards the right as my technique improved. Also, I should have used a less 'hairy' serving thread. Being hand powered, it's a simple matter to put mistakes right; as soon as you see a gap, or you overlap the serving thread, you just reverse direction to before the error and then continue. In summary, another useful addition to the workshop which I'm looking forward to using in conjunction with the Rope Rocket. Derek
  13. A lathe for masts and spars

    Kopeikin - those little Veritas planes are great. I've found their miniature spokeshave as good, or even better, for initial shaping of square and eight-sided stock.
  14. A lathe for masts and spars

    I agree a lathe is a nice-to-have rather than essential, at least when it comes to wood. I use the v-jig method to produce eight-sided from square stock before turning on the lathe, as I find it gives me a good 'feel' for the wood. One advantage of a lathe is that it makes the production of small turned components easier, for example: Not impossible without a lathe, just easier with one. Having said that, the thing I find hardest is producing identical components - but that's more to do with the workman rather than the tool (sometime I'll get round to re-doing one or both of the columns!). Incidentally, much of the rest of the work on this component was done with a Proxxon micro-mill and rotating table. Another great little tool. Derek
  15. Just seen this - stunning. Love the seaman in the Hawaiian shirt!

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