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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. rigid ratlines

    I believe that most sailors working in the tops were barefoot so would the rope ratlines be better for them? Wood ratlines on a warship where the shrouds might need repair under battle conditions would probably be more of a of a workload (PIA) then the conventional ratlines. JMHO Cheers, Harley
  2. PE Tool Suggestion

    Thanks very much for all the good ideas. Time to experiment.
  3. I'm getting into some PE projects to gain some positive experience. I'm building 40mm Bofors quads by Veterans Models. Even though I have a good selection of tweezers, I wonder if you folks with experience with the tiny stuff have anything special you find helps handling very small parts without going crazy. Thanks, Harley
  4. Ship paintings

    Greetings Vegaskip, I am one of those folks that have always looked at paintings like they should be a photograph, A pain in the butt detail nitpicker. Your skills and story telling approach have changed that. You, my friend, have a great talent IMHO, from subtle to dynamic and sometimes simultaneously. I'm looking forward to reviewing your posts, thank you for sharing. Regards, Harley
  5. Greetings,

    I am working away on the Confederacy. Your model is a real inspiration particularly because of the rigging. 

    I obtained rigging plans for a 40 gun frigate, circa 1790, by Harold Underhill. May I ask the scale of the rigging

    plans you used. Did you, by chance I hope, keep a log of the dimensions of the masts and spars on your model?

    I realize I'm asking a lot but any information you can share at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    Regards, Harley


  6. Nice choice Osmosis. I have the building dock, very flexible. It can be used in a variety of configurations. Enjoy, Harley
  7. IMG_0246.JPG

    Maybe I missed it but what is the scale on the DE? You have done a great job and the crew placement, even a cook, shows much thought and planning went into this project. Campbell must be getting under way with crew taking down the jack but who snuck the curvy young lady on the bridge? Some of the best photography that I have seen in a long time. Enjoyed looking her over. Regards, Harley
  8. finished15.jpg

    Excellent weathering job.
  9. I've had one for a while and am using it for my Confederacy build. There are a number of different configurations and applications only limited by the users imagination. It is very stable. I like it a lot. The picture shows a base board only. Cheers, Harley
  10. Lee Valley Tools LTD. has a sanding/shaping aid titled Contour Sanding Grips. They are made of a rubber like material and are (IMHO) a great aide in sanding different contours. I am using them on my Confederacy and find them very helpful. About $16.00 for a complete set or you can select a particular shape. Check Lee Valley's catalogue. I have no financial interest in Lee Valley other than I tend to make an occasional contribution to them. Happy New Year mates, Regards, Harley
  11. If the model is Royal Navy, at least during a particular time period, the decks were stoned nearly white once or twice a day depending on the Captain's whims.
  12. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    What Gregory says, the Loom-A-Line promised an easy method for what some folks dread but did't deliver.
  13. Model is ME Confederacy. As construction continues I discovered that the cannon will sitting to low. Somehow I managed to get the deck level a fraction low. After a lot of measuring and bouncing ideas around, I am considering laying a 2mm sub deck on top of the original sub deck. That apparently will provide a proper final deck level. Any ideas/opinions you can offer to rectify this problem will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Harley
  14. Prayers Chuck, hope she recovers quickly. Regards, Harley
  15. Administrators: I know this isn't a builders log but I wasn't sure where I could post it, sorry. I finished getting the stain to the tone I wanted my Confederacy and just removed the masking tape from the black planking. I'll put some WOP over it. The lower counter and beakhead bulkhead are the same finish. I did a version of trenells only at plank ends and around the sheave fittings just to give it a touch of realism. Next will be the 1/16 trim pieces. I found some 1/16 doublebead trim on a model railroad site. It should work fine. Cheers, Harley

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