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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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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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With the imminent transfer of the Langley to the Smithsonian the museum will have need for a new feature display. The director has requested a build of a Viet Nam era PBR Mark 1 River Patrol Boat. The model will be a waterline model at 1/6 scale that can be quite detailed and outfitted. The director has a close affinity for this era vessel as he was a Special Forces member in that combat. We have decided, as a group, to begin that build staring in July. Plans are available but much more is needed to construct this model accurately, so research will be a large focus of the group. If anyone among us can direct us to more detailed plans that would be a great help.

 

We plan a log and progress build and hope to open a new thread within the forum soon.

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It's official, the USS Langley will be transported to the Smithsonian on October 26, 2017 and delivered to it's temporary home at the Udvar Hazey Center. This is a companion facility of the Air and Space Museum located in Chantilly VA. https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center. This has been some time in the coming and Bill E., the builder, is honored to have it on display. Apparently there will be a future venue planned for the model and its surrounding display. I hope those of you living and traveling in the area get to see it. It is truly a magnificent model!!!!!

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 Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on this. This location is really nice. Especially for aviation buffs. I think it is probably better than the one downtown on the mall at least in my opinion. 

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Within the Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY we have a "distance" member from Lisbon Portugal. He is an incredible modeler of high regard and we are honored to have his association. His most recent accomplishment was a commissioned work for The National Museum of Oman- Muscat. He has just completed its delivery. The model, Sultanah, is of historical significance to Oman and the US of A. The model is 1:24 scale and comprised of exotic woods common to modelers. It was 4 years in the making and is truly a work of art!

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This past Thursday the model of the USS Langely arrived at the Udvar Hazey Center. The display signage was not yet ready but it is on display for all to see. The attached picture is of Bill E, on the left, the modeler and Chris Moore, the Curator of the Museum.

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This is an early notice of an upcoming event, July 28th 2018, in Rochester, NY. The Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY is pleased to announce a one day seminar given by Carlos, our "distant member" from Lisbon Portugal who will speak to the subject of Museum Standards for Ship Models. From previous posts you will observe that he has delivered a model of Sultanah to the museum in Oman.

 

We have decided to open up the audience to other people who are interested in the topic of ship modeling in the surrounding area to Rochester NY. The final arrangements will be forthcoming please stay tuned or you can reach us through our web site modelshipwrightguildwny.org using the "Conatct Us" link on the web site.

 

The PDF is an updated version (5/31/18) of the seminar location and time. We have moved to a much more suitable venue. All else is as before.

 

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Four members of our group traveled to Niagara Falls, Ontario to meet members of Model Shipwrights of Niagara at the Lee Valley store. It was a great punctuation on our 2018 winter - spring season. It was  a day well spent and certainly enriching. We were warmly received and engrossed by their endeavors and interests. We have invited members of their group to Rochester on July 28th for a seminar titled "Museum Standards for Ship Models". The title is a bit understated as the presenter, Carlos Montalvao, a professional modeler and member, from Lisbon Portugal will be presenting in that theme his research, build practices and more on the Sultanah for Oman.

 

Captured below is John K. describing the main topic of the meeting at the Lee Valley workshop room i.e. "weathering techniques".

 

 

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We are exactly one month away from our July 28th Seminar by Carlos Montalvao, a professional ship modeler, from Lisbon Portugal. You may recall he just completed a 1:24 scale model of the Sultanah for a museum in Oman. if you scroll up a bit you will see the model being received. The title of the seminar is Museum Standards for Ship Modeling. We have seen some preliminary slides and what we find is that it goes much deeper than standards. It is a full accounting of the research and building of the model. I have attached an article recently published on the model and about Carlos.

 

There are still a few seats left if you are in or near the Rochester NY area. We have secured a wonderful venue at the Perinton NY, Community Center and have invited members and guests an opportunity to display their works in the Open Workshop segment of the gathering. We anticipate that this will be a memorable event for all attendees. Here is that link https://issuu.com/durrahluxury/docs/durrah_issue_40/42

 

See the PDF flyer above if you have interest.

Joe

 

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Joe,

 

Do you have any more certainty regarding the possible open house after the official seminar? I'll definitely be in the area that day and could attend if there's a public event after the all-day event (I wish I could do the whole thing but will only be around for a few days and family comes first).

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Eric plans have changed for the post seminar social as things have evolved. There will not be a social hour at a nearby restaunt as earlier indicated. Since the speaker and his family had just arrived the day earlier we need to give them a break as their host will be taking them on a 8 day tour of NYC and DC starting Sunday.

Joe

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Joe, I thought you had talked about a sort of open model show at the location following the seminar. So do I now understand there's no other public event other than the actual full-day seminar?

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I am sorry I misunderstood your query. The answer is YES we will have models there from both clubs and in particular one of the Niagara ship modelers will be speaking to his model of HMS Ontario that is under construction. This is what are post formal seminar Open Workshop will entail.

Joe

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Okay, so what's the time frame for that Open Workshop? The flier says the official seminar ends at 3, so does everything else open up after that? Any sense of how long you intended the Open Workshop portion to last?

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Eric I have seen the slides for the main part of the program and there are quite a few. I (we) are thinking to not try to control his portion since he has come such a long way (as you know Portugal) and we cannot predict how interactive the session will be i.e. questions etc. The proposed agenda is attached and could be spot on or way off. In any event I have extended the session one more hour just in case.

Joe

 

 

 

 

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I certainly understand the challenge of trying to make and match a schedule. Guess I'll show up around 3 and hope for the best. I wouldn't be free much earlier than that anyway.

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