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The plans and monograph are now available to build a late 19th century, Generic East Coast Oyster Sharpie.



The eleven sheets of CAD plans and the 277-page, step-by-step monograph are designed as an introduction to scratch building a small workboat in a miniature version of a full-size board for board build.     This project was created primarily for modelers of intermediate level of skill or experience with special instructions for those with limited access to power tools.  This project will also appeal to all workboat fans and those wanting a change from long-term projects. 


The project was designed and written for the NRG by William “Bill” Strachan with the plans done by Al Saubermann, both members of the NRG and the CT Marine Model Society.

Bill Strachan is a retired Enrolled Agent and an avid miniaturist.  Early in the 1980’s he was the Comptroller for an architectural firm and had the opportunity to build all their architectural models.  In the 1990’s he joined the SW FL Shipmodeler’s Guild.  He served the Guild as Bosun and Newsletter Editor. Retirement meant moving to CT, and he became Secretary and Newsletter editor for the CT Marine Model Society he also served as Vice President of CMMS until last fall.  Bill and his wife Sue live in Wolcott, CT.    

Al Saubermann is a retired physician whose career in academic medicine spanned 45 years.  He's been building model ships for over 35 years including scratch building for the last 10.  He recently completed a board model of the USS Peacock (1813) built from the original plans conserved in the National Archives. He currently serves as Secretary for the Connecticut Marine Model Society.  Al and his wife Olga live in Deep River Connecticut.

Plans from Mystic Seaport and the Mariners’ Museum and books by Howard Chapelle and others are the reference sources for this 3/4” = 1’0” scale model, and presents three options to choose from to complete your model. 

The 277 page, monograph contains 441 color photographs and diagrams to guide the builder.  Referenced and quoted sources are footnoted for the modeler and a bibliography is provided. The monograph is provided as a free download from the NRG web site.  Ordering information is on the NRG web site.

The plans are shipped rolled in a sturdy box.  The monograph is also available on a USB flash drive for an additional charge.



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Edited by kurtvd19
updated link to monograph

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No, there is not a bill of materials as such.  Bill, the author felt it was critical that scratch-builders know/learn how to develop a bill of materials.  At the start of each section of the monograph there is a bill of materials for that section - listed by sizes of material but not by lengths.  The following text does give the lengths needed in that section so adding up the lengths is all that is needed.


All of the materials are common stock sizes no special milling required as the project was designed so that the builder w/o access to power tools could still do the project - while accomplished builders can use any woods they have access to. 


I am sure that someone who has purchased the plans will do up a list and they may share it here.


BTW, your plans were mailed yesterday by Priority Mail.  Are you by any chance coming to Manitowoc in May?



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Don't be intimidated about showing.  Models are judged on the merits of the model's workmanship and in Novice, Intermediate and advanced classes.  Anybody entering for the first time is eligible to be in the Novice category.  The Novice and Intermediate classes get a handicap (that is  calculated after the model is judged) and models are not judged against other models until they win a gold award when they are eligible for a best of category (miniature, best novice, best Great Lakes, etc.) and it's the points that are compared - the judges don't go back into the contest room to look at one model vs another (except in rare instances of ties).

Looking forward to meeting you.



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An error was found on page 23 of the monograph and it has been corrected in the file that is downloadable from the NRG web site as of 3-30-18 at about 11:30 AM CST. 


In the chart on page 23, the dimensions for the BASE PLATE should be 1/2" x 2" x 3 1/4".  The error was the 3 1/4" dimension was shown as 2 1/4".  If you printed out the monograph earlier than this morning you may want to reprint page 23.  If you downloaded it you may want to delete the copy and download the file again.


Sorry for the inconvenience.



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In early April we announced the following incentive to motivate builders to start a build log of this new plan set.  To date there has been one build log that qualified for a prize - Generic Sharpie by DocBlake - I notified Dave of his winning a prize and today he claimed his choice and will be attending one day of the 2018 NRG Conference for free (see prizes listed below).  Congratulations Dave.

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

     4 – CDs or 1 Flash Drive                                ($150 value)

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. 

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