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  • Birthday 06/14/1946

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    Music, reading, photography. Oh yeah- ship modeling!

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  1. Fascinating. Thanks Druxey for starting this thread - other MSWers for posting various links to get into this substantial archive. Out of curiosity I went to the "end" of the scrolling inventory at the principal link and discovered that there are numerous architectural as well as civil engineering plans. Interestingly, there are numerous drawings for constructing canals and locks with detailed closeups on mechanisms. Per the period, most of these drawings are superbly executed illustrations. The Dutch weren't the only ones having to deal with water incursion and inland navigation! If there is a member who speaks Danish and would post a few translations to help facilitate browsing, that would be great! As Druxey said, it seems to be only a "browsable" site. However, opening a file on a large monitor (27" ) one can take a pretty decent sized screenshot (only 72dpi). So many beautiful ships...so little time. Ron
  2. Anyone got a bottle of "Whiteout?" This is a note of interest to MSW members who comprise the Joint Clubs group who sponsor the Annual Northeast Ship Modelers Show & Conference. An interesting invitation letter was recently found in the "archives" of the Connecticut Marine Model Society club, this year's show sponsor. The annual Northeast event began in 1967 — more than 50 years ago! As seen below, the ship model show started with the membership of four modeling clubs; the first show was in Mystic, Connecticut at the Seaport. The entry fee was $1.75. You'll also note on the "Spring Outing & Banquet" letter addressed to the "Combined Ship Model Societies" that following a tour and illustrated talk, that dinner was held at the restaurant in the Mystic Motor Inn. One had "a choice of Lobster, Beef - or Steak - with 3 vegetables, dessert, coffee and gratuity was $5.25." You gotta' love the prices and the faded, typewriter written text, which - incidentally - is where the term "typo" originated. A few years following this letter, the errant typos of mechanical typewriters were revolutionized with IBM's self-correcting Selectric typewriters that featured a semi-automated backspace with a spool of white correction tape. Back To The Future, Gentlemen!
  3. To MSW members who plan to attend the Annual Joint Clubs Northeast Ship Modeler's Show and Conference this April 27th in New London, CT. Demonstration Workshop Announcement: Making Realistic-Looking Set Sails There are several tabletop demonstrations at the Conference and this April's show will be no exception. At this writing, some of the joint clubs haven't decided on their demo topics; however, the Connecticut Club (this event's sponsor) is announcing their demo now. Connecticut Marine Model Society (CMMS) & MSW/NRG member, Ron Neilson, will be demonstrating the techniques he’s developed to create realistic-looking (and scaled) set sails. The Nautical Research Guild's Quarterly Journal (Winter 2018 Vol. 63. No. 4) published Part II of Neilson’s 3-part build series, "HMS Swan" diorama. He will show his step-by-step approach with all the necessary tools and art materials. The HMS Swan diorama (featured in the earlier 2018 Fall issue of the NRG Journal) will be on display. Attendees from last year's Conference will be seeing this model once again, but in the context of a detailed demonstration technique for it's build, it's presence will be a handy visual reference for workshop members. Demo times for the Workshop(s) will be announced the morning of the event.
  4. The Connecticut Marine Model Club, sponsor of this year's 37th Annual Joint Clubs Northeast Ship Modeler's Show and Conference, is offering a valuable door prize: a Foredom Drillmotor kit with an adjustable chuck handpiece, a value of more than $300. This tool is used by numerous builders and is -"the best way to move up from a Dremel tool." Plan to attend this upcoming, major East Coast ship modeler's Conference and the opportunity to win this prize. Every registrant gets one free prize raffle ticket. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the event registration table. Registration is only $37 (deadline March 18; after this date, but before April 17, the fee is $43.00/person.
  5. The Connecticut Marine Model Club, sponsor of this year's 37th Annual Joint Clubs Northeast Ship Modeler's Show and Conference, announces that the featured speaker at the luncheon will be: Paul J. O'Pecko VP, Research Collections Director, G.W. Blunt White Library Mystic Seaport Museum His topic will be: Models and Model Makers from the Collections at Mystic Seaport Museum Further details on tabletop workshop/demos and an exciting raffle door prize will be announced soon. A reminder that the Registration Fee for the full Conference, including the light breakfast and tasty luncheon, is only $37.00 if paid by March 18; at the door on the day of the event it will be $48.00
  6. Links to download a Registration Form and the general announcement (PDF's) are available here at the bottom of the first posting.
  7. Got ahead of myself by a full year: this IS the 37th Annual Conference, NOT the 38th as shown in my ad banner above. New banner, accordingly:
  8. The 37th Annual Ship Model Conference at the Port 'N Starboard Convention Center in Ocean Bach Park, New London, Connecticut will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. The Connecticut Marine Model Society (CMMS) is hosting this year’s event. Per previous conferences there will be a large model display area with hobby vendors, an excellent luncheon, a featured speaker, various tabletop demonstrations, unique raffle prizes as well as several awards for model entries. The cost is $37.00 if registered by March 18. $43.00 by April 17, and $48 at the door. The hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with model setup's starting at 8:15 AM. Directions to the venue can be found at this link:http://ocean-beach-park.com/contact/ Additional details on the speaker and demonstrations will be posted soon. Limited admission to the Model Exhibit Area only will be available at the door for $5.00. We anticipate that there will be nearly 100 models on display. The Registration Form can be downloaded at: www.ctshipmodels.org RegstrnForm.pdf Anncmnt.pdf
  9. A warm welcome Ab, Thank you for your posts. Your work and your son's is excellent. What is his name? You will experience a very sincere and friendly group here. Like many other members, I look forward to seeing and reading your future contributions. Ron
  10. Rob, Thanks for your compliment, pleased to help. Convincing looking sails in proper scale, are not easy to replicate accurately. Same goes for water! The publication to which I'm referring is not a newsletter but is the "Nautical Research Guild's Journal," which is printed quarterly for members (and now posted online — go to: www.thenrg.org). The NRG is the owner of this forum and I recommend looking into an NRG membership which will give you access to the quarterly. Sail on. Ron
  11. Rob, If you receive the NRG's Journal, I have written a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to create "set" (billowing) sails with silkspan, including techniques and suggestions for painting. This is Part 2 to my article on HMS Swan diorama and will appear in this Winter's issue (I believe the first week of December for fulfillment). David Antscherl's tutorial on making silkspan sails is an excellent reference. Your paper sails look very good. I would only add that silkspan material has a subtle texture that more accurately resembles canvas fabric, since in effect, it is a "fabric." Silkspan is pure white and needs to be painted (and "weathered" should that be appropriate). Here are two pics of my HMS Swan sails showing the results of my silkspan techniques. I hope this info is helpful. Ron
  12. Perhaps you can fix this issue with a check on your mailbox, it could be full... Ron
  13. Mike, Thanks for posting these photos. All the changes appear to be worthwhile and greatly expanded from my last visit. I should mention to those who might contemplate a visit to the NMM that an excursion to Portsmouth (plan on at least one o'night) should be on one's agenda. Not only do you get to see the amazing Vic, but the Mary Rose Exhibit is excellent as well - and the (smallish) museum adjacent to the Victory is very worthwhile - especially the superb dioramas and a series of original book cover artworks for the Patrick O'Brian novels by renowned artist, Geoff Hunt. Oh yes, and do go to the Greenwich Observatory! Ron
  14. Your MikeyCasa is looking excellent! Nice work. I like the colors you've chosen. I owe you a photo of my stained decking (now in place on two of the three deck pieces); this will clearly show the maple color I used. I'll post this over the next couple days... The Minwax stains are oil-based (not water), so paint thinner is required for clean-up or thinning. I use Minwax right out of the can. If I want a little more darkness to the hue I wait for first coat to dry then go for a second coat. Ron

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