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  1. All, I am looking for some good recommendations for a good textbook on the basics of drafting/technical drawing. My plan is to create a set of plans for the Virginia from the NMM plan set. I will be using CAD, but haven't settled on drafting from the ground up or importing a scanned copy. Thanks. Nathan
  2. Hello, I am a retired civil (water resources) engineer with a life-long interest in naval history and ships. Early in college, my two NROTC courses in Naval Ships Systems turned my career interest from computer science to engineering. Since then, I have always hankered to build model ships -- but never could find the time to start. Several years ago, upon retirement, I attempted a kit model I'd hauled around for 30 years: the USS Essex (32). But I soon realized my woodworking was too limited to meet my own standards, and my patience is too short for the hobby. Lately my son, a mechanical engineer, has been tutoring me on using SolidWorks CAD to gin up hull models from full-body plans. This is much more up my line. Our first effort was the USS Wampanoag (1866). We used the digitally-modeled hull to try our hand at 3D printing. We produced a tiny 3-inch hull, and learned a great deal about what doesn't work. Eventually I want to learn how to render the ships in 3D color drawings. Meanwhile I will hone my CAD skills, and enjoy working in the digital medium while pursuing my ship research. My only current project in wood is a 20-inch-long (1:48 scale) built-up wood and aluminium model of a Mississippi River mortar raft. I found some good plans from other modeler's past efforts, but also (thanks to on-line content of an Ohio library) came across a construction sketch that I'm sure is new to the modeling knowledge base. The model is on hold due to other projects, though. I am a passionate collector, collator, and distributor of data on various naval and engineering topics. Last year, I used an overhead frame and a 24-megapixel Nikon to digitally photograph Mare Island Museum's copies of The Modern System of Naval Architecture, in Three Folios. by J. Scott Russell (1865). As a complete novice in very-large-format book photography, I learned a lot about lighting requirements and distortion-correction, but eventually obtained some decent grey-scale page images. I have put the folios on a DVD as an HTML web. Two of the three folios are entirely ship plans, now available as 400-dpi JPEGs. In a few days, I will post in the "commercial" area of this site how to purchase the DVD -- the profits from its sale go to the Mare Island Museum. This year, I scanned an unbound set of the two folios of William H. Webb: Plans of Wooden Vessels, selected as types from one hundred and fifty of various kinds and descriptions, from a fishing smack to the largest clipper ships and vessels of war, both sail and steam, built by Wm. H. Webb, in the city of New York, from the year 1840 to 1869. I just offered to donate that set of 400 dpi TIFFs to the NRG, if they want to sell them on their site as downloads for $1 apiece -- maybe make some revenues for the Guild! My present research and article-writing passion began in late 2012, and involves obtaining the lines of the R. B. Forbes steam clipper Meteor (1864) from a 8-foot half-hull model held by the Smithsonian Institution. Last month, SI at last located the model in a warehouse, and I have my fingers crossed that we'll have a 3D scan done before the New Year. I'll open a forum topic on the peculiar design and history of this fast steamer, which was built to run-down and sink Rebel "Alabamas". The Meteor features prominently in an alternative-history "naval novel" that I am attempting to write. The premise is that Fenians would have had much better luck by taking to the high seas as commerce raiders after the US Civil War, rather than attempting to invade Canada in 1866 and 1867. I hope to produce a plausible and readable first novel after a few more years of researching and writing. Expected readership: about ten. I look forward to browsing the forums and admiring the work of real modelers! Craig
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