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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. a78 011.JPG

    Nice model! Thank you!!!
  2. Mc Kay gives 18 inches for both lower deadeyes, and Longridge says 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) in your scale (1:48), which is about right.
  3. It used to be called Ventura County Maritime Museum, but since its move to the new location (2012) the new name is now Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Probably because it is located within the Channel Islands Harbor and in the near proximity to the Channel Islands National Park - a couple of dozen miles into the Pacific. Here is a link that might provide additional info: http://www.cimmvc.org/about-cimm/
  4. And yet another, recent revisit to the Museum resulted in still more pictures... Here they are: http://www.bluemelon.com/pstrykacz/channelislandmaritimemuseumoxnardca#page-60/photo-7011156 beginning with nr. 71 (California strawberries) and onward. Be sure to open them up in full size (original) format. Greetings to all, Thomas
  5. I stumbled by accident on this website, with 45 pictures of a recently restored Japanese 114 year old pre-Dreadnought battleship "Mikasa" - a flagship of admiral Togo in the Tsushima Straits battle in 1905, during the Japanese-Russo war of 1904-5. Now she is a museum ship. Awesome! https://www.cnet.com/pictures/take-a-tour-of-the-114-year-old-japanese-battleship-mikasa-pictures/
  6. A- rectangular plywood or solid wood base, clamped on both ends to a work table B- smaller rectangular piece glued to the A C- triangular piece cut across from another rectangle initially formed from C & D, this one glued to the A D- similar piece like C, but this one not glued to A, loosely fit between B and C to slide and clamp there a strip of planking F, to be shaped there E- miniature shaving plane for shaping (spilling) planks. You can also use a file or a sandpaper for this purpose. I got this concept years ago from the Seaways forum, and it still serves me well.
  7. If I can add to it a bit, I suggest you invest a little in the following: - an excellent brochure by Jim Roberts "Planking the built-up ship model", where you'll find answers to the above (video) issues, as well as others, like how to model stealers, and so on... - a pair of proportional dividers, which make spilling a bit easier than using a paper strip - a good quality (metal) ship's curve (or cheaper plastic set of them) rather than a straight ruler - a home made plank shaving jig (easy), with a miniature shaving block - to shape a spilled plank Here is a link http://www.boat-building.org/learn-skills/index.php/en/home-en/ to various techniques used in full scale of boat/ship building.
  8. Hi ..., At this point (bulkheads already glued onto the keel) it is difficult to cut a rabbet into your keel. You should have done it BEFORE permanently glueing your bulkheads. First, you should have dry fitted your bulkheads on your keel and marked with a pencil all points where the ends (tips) of the bulkheads touch the keel, the so called bearding line - that would give you a curved line along the keel, following which you should make a cut with an exacto knife and later enlarge it, cutting two additional paralel lines at an angle (into a "v" groove). When I build a kit model, I prefer to cut off this part of the plywood keel that will be on the outside (visible) after hull planking, and replace it with an exactly shaped part from some kind of solid hardwood, eg. cherry, pear or even birch... But before I glue it onto the keel, I would file off the edges of both the plywood keel as well as my solid wood false keel. Thus I obtain a nice looking "v" shaped groove after I join both pieces, and my external keel will look much nicer after I plank the hull. At the current stage of your model, I would only glue a very thin piece of wood (like a hardwood veneer) on both sides of the keel, with the upper edge following the bearding line and the lower edge exactly matching the lower edge of your keel. That would give you a nice 'shoulder' to place your garboard strake against (lowest strake of planking touching the keel). Otherwise it is extremely difficult to glue this strake directly onto the keel with seamless matching of both parts. Hope this helps...
  9. turnbuckles

    I have this illustration:
  10. What have you received today?

    Huge THANKS to all for support in these difficult days for me! Things are getting better, slooowly though... Thomas
  11. What have you received today?

    Last Monday I received a new right hip joint, and since Wednesday I am at home. Still with a lot of pain, swelling and stiffness. Wish me well!
  12. Fore and aft rigging questions

    Perhaps L. Petersson "Rigging fore and aft craft" would be helpful?
  13. It probabaly would be easier to build a ropewalk from scratch, rather than modify a pencil sharpener, I think. You need a central axis with a bigger gear (either hand cranked or motorized, and on the periphery of this larger gear you need to mount three (or four) smaller gears which engage the "teeth" of the larger gear. So that everything rotates together and in the same direction when you start spinning this central axis. I suggest, you pay a visit to a local junk (scrap metal) store where they have bits and pieces of old machinery, and start looking for appropriate gears. This is the most difficult task (to find those gears) because buying them new online may be quite expensive, after that everyting is much easier. It is then just a matter of finding some time to assemble everything. I built my ropewalk many years ago and it still serves me well. Here is one pic of this gadget. Regards, Thomas
  14. I took a few pics of the model (with my analog Pentax camera) at the time it was still in the museum.

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