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Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new group in Rochester NY, the Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY. We meet monthly at the Military History Society of Rochester NY Museum. Our membership shares a common interest in research, model ship building techniques and construction of historic ship models of all periods and types.

 

Presently some members are researching the possibility of constructing a model of an Army/Navy Coastal Tanker built here at the Odenbach Ship Yards during WWII. Sixty or more were built at this site while others were built in Florida and Louisiana. Some of these tankers were still in use in the Korean War. Oddly accurate ship lines are hard to obtain as the family has not been able to produce them for us and just recently the plant was torn down..

 

We meet at an incredible venue, the museum, thanks to the generosity of the executive director, Charles Baylis. Military artifacts date from the Revolutionary War into Twentieth Century campaigns. Several US Navy vessels are on display. They include the USS Langley, the first aircraft carrier, and the "under construction USS Rochester, a WWI Cruiser by members of our group. For more information about the museum visit www.rochestermilitary societty.com.

 

New members are welcome. Presently we meet the 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact jlorenzo2@rochester.rr.com for more information.

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We are approaching our first anniversary of formation. For us it has been a wonderful and engrossing (nearly) year of learning, sharing and research regarding this noble pursuit. Recently one of our modelers made the local newspaper with his "in progress" waterline model of the USS Rochester of 1917. Another has also started a scratch model of a Civil War double "ender" gun boat named the Sassacus. Yet another modeler visited Lisbon Portugal's maritime museum and an associate member ( an incredible professional modeler) recently. Incidentally we are exploring ways to bring him to the US for a forum on his techniques. We have also hosted Sam Cassano who gave a wonderful accounting of his efforts to create the frigate Essex for Model Expo. We hosted/visited local vendors who provide casting, CNC and laser etching services for modelers. The Sassacus is a POB model and is being built using laser etched parts.

 

Truly it has been an excellent start for our group and we look forward to the next full year.

 

If you are in the Rochester NY area please let us know as we would be happy to meet one and all. We have a brand new Facebook page and one can find our upcoming events listed. The site is  https://www.facebook.com/Model-Shipwright-Guild-of-Western-NY-338660156521727/

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Congratulations on your first year with the club.  Sounds like you are off to a good start.  Good luck with the future meetings.

Kurt

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I grew up in that area. If I still lived there, I would love to join. Best wishes on continuing a successful club.

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Likewise - grew up in Brighton, suburb of Rochester - would join also - Congrats on 1st anniversary.

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After much angst we are now members of Facebook. We are still learning what is appropriate to place on the site to publicize our group. At present we have posts of some interesting historical vessels and even a video of the Niagara under sail. Recently we participated in a show hosted by the ipmsrocheater.org plastic modelers group. We were provided our own display table and enjoyed a good deal of interest, possibly some new membership. Our hosts have graciously invited us to participate in the regional event next year to be held in Batavia NY.

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Alas some of you may have observed that Facebook is not what it is touted to be especially for special interest groups. After 4  plus months of try out we are going to shut it down or what ever one does to shut the lights off. In its place we are bringing up a web page very soon. It seems to suit us well and it does not have the high maintenance of Facebook that we have all observed. Frankly i found Facebook too, too much for the common man and intent of what we had hoped. At our last meeting we presented the web page and demonstrated features and function. It went over very well. We plan a training session for members at our next meeting and we will launch the web site by the first of the year. Standby.

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We have launched our web site in the public domain. We invite you to drop by the site and have a look.We are still under construction and you should expect changes as we mature. The website is modelshipwrightguildwny.org.  Let us hear your feedback and suggestions.

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That's a nice site, better than I expected, as small groups often end up with amateur-looking efforts. Well done. Also, I agree about Facebook, it's not worth the trouble. If I still lived in that area, I'd love to be part of what you're doing. Not many ship modellers out here on the Plains.

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Thank you Cathead for your kind words. Albeit a small group we have an interesting mix of folk from all walks of life. That makes for a rich mix. We have/had the same trouble finding people interested in this pursuit. I contacted NRG and got permission to contact existing members in our area. We pulled in 9 people that way. What we find is that if you do not continue to promote the interest the group will dwindle due to age, life changes and of course how life itself gets in the way. We are experimenting with associate membership which is basically "long distance" associations. We have a member in nearby Syracuse and even one in Portugal! Its a new era and maybe via today's technology you can create a virtual group. Still think you need a core membership though.

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One of our members has just been notified that his model of the USS Langley, the Navy's first aircraft carrier, will be on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in the near future. Bill Emerson completed the model. His research and experience led him on a 5 year journey. His engineering background aided in the model build and he is peerless in our group in using modern day technology, laser machining, for certain parts fabrication. Bill has other models around the country including Pensacola Florida and Washington DC.Please visit our web site and see his model on display in our gallery. www.modelshipwrightguildwny.org.

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Today the USS Langley was receiving a somewhat formal acknowledgement and homage to its builder prior to send off to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. While the transfer date is not fixed at this time, Bill Emerson, has received official notice of its new home from the museum administration. The model currently resides at the Military History Society Museum of Rochester NY and has been on display for the last year there. More will be forthcoming of Bill's work and this proud moment and recognition. We will post its arrival in its new home when available. Huzzah Bill! Well done indeed!

 

 

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Just a "heads up" for all who are in reach of the western New York area the 19th and 20th of May. We will be participating in the NE IPMS show (Nor East Con 46) at the Quality Inn in Batavia, NY. The USS Langley and other models now on display at the Military History Society museum will be there as well as 2 scratch models, the Confederacy and Triton mid section by Rusty. 

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Here are some photos of opening day at the IPMS show, Noreast Con, in Batavia NY.  We were guests of the Military History Society of Rochester NY at this show.

 

The Langley is shown in the background of the first photo. Quite by chance Bill got to speak with the fellow in the foreground. He related that his dad was on the USS Whipple, a destroyer, that witnessed the sinking of the Langley in 1942! The second picture is Rustyj's splendid model of The Confederacy. It too captured a good deal of attention.

 

The model off to the right is The Old Ironsides by Tim I a member of MSW. This was recently published in Ships In Scale.

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