2020 NRG Conference at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

It’s nice that the Nautical Research Guild Conference is going to be in California again this year. Hopefully, some of the Bay Area ship modelers will be attending.

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Good news for Nautical Research Guild members in California. Today the NRG just announce that next conference will take place from October 15-17 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA.

It’s a bit of a small venue for the event, I think. But, the collection of models and marine art is wonderful.

For myself, my earliest years of ship modeling were associated with this museum. As I lived less than an hour away, I made many trips to look over the collection of models, my favorite being those made by the late Ed Marple.

I was even president of the model guild for a short time, but my service was cut short when I went back to school and had a shift in family life. I probably still know 3 or 4 people there, who I will hopefully see again, as I fully intend to go the conference…

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H.M. Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

Ages of Sail posted some customer submitted photos of Caldercraft’s yacht Chatham. Pretty neat model, and at 1/64-scale, it’s only about 21″ long. This modeler clearly put some extra work into it.

Ages of Sail

I don’t know how this slipped past us. But, while cleaning up old emails, we discovered these photos sent to us by customer Shaun Au. The model is an incredibly well done model of H.M. Yacht Chatham built from the Caldercraft kit.

Caldercraft Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

Clearly, the model was built by a ship modeler of great talent. But, it shows how beautifully one can build a relatively inexpensive wooden ship model kit.

The Yacht Chatham kit is part of Caldercraft’s Nelson’s Navy series, and all but one of the series (HMS Victory) is at a scale of 1:64. That makes this model just under 21″ long and about 18.5″ high.

Caldercraft Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

The kit does not include sail material, nor does it provide any patterns or rigging materials. This ship modeler had worked out that part himself. Clearly, he’s done a marvelous job…

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Member Progress Photos – January 2020

Wanderbird

HSPMS member and commodore Paul Reck recently shared some photos of his current project, the Wanderbird. The boat was originally built in Germany as a pilot schooner for the city of Hamburg.  The former owner of the boat sailed it around Cape Horn in 1936, then continued around the world.  His son commissioned the model.

The hull of the model was constructed from lifts made of Monterey cypress.

 

Honryousen

Clare Hess is currently building a model of a simple 25-foot long riverboat from Niigata prefecture, Japan. The boat’s hull is built from 5 pieces of wood. The 1/10-scale model is made from Japanese cedar and is based on a boat that was built by Douglas Brooks and Japanese boat builder Mr. Nakaichi Nakagawa in the Fall of 2019.

The latter model build is being documented on the builder’s website here: https://wasenmodeler.wordpress.com/category/wasen-projects/honryou/

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 10: Rigging Preparations

HSPMS member Clare Hess is back to the build of his Dana Fishing Boat kit from Billing Boats, finishing up some details in preparation for rigging the model.

As a reminder, this is an entry level Billing Boats kit that sells for under $80. It features a vaccu-formed plastic hull, wooden deck planking, masts and spars, and fittings in wood, brass, and plastic.

Clare has been making some fairly simple modifications to it, but has mostly built the kit “out of the box”, using the provided materials and fittings.

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Before I continue on with the rigging of the model, there is one more construction assembly to address. The railings on the Dana are made of brass wire, threaded through a hole in each of the brass stanchions. As I mentioned earlier, I painted the stanchions white, but I’m thinking to leave the rail itself bright brass. I haven’t made up my mind on this one. It’s probably easiest to paint them all white, and might be more accurate. Certainly, that’s what the kit instructions seem to show, and it looks good on the box art.

Now, it might be too early to install the rails just yet, as they may get in the way a bit while adding the shrouds and all. I could actually assemble the rails, getting everything bent to shape and all, and leave the final installation until later. However, I’m anxious to make some progress on…

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NRG’s Half Hull Planking Project

Learn the basic techniques of proper hull planking through this kit and instructional blog on the MSW online forum.

From the NRG’s website

This, from the NRG: Whether at a club meeting, at the Nautical Research Guild (NRG) Conference or on Model Ship World (MSW), one of the most frequently asked questions is “how do I plank a hull”. In response, the NRG has developed its first kit: a half-hull of an 18th century merchant ship. The purpose of the kit is to teach the novice model builder how to plank a hull the way it was actually done in the shipyard.This process is known as spiling.

Image from a blog post by Toni Levine, NRG Director, and creator of the project.

https://modelshipworld.com/topic/21980-half-hull-planking-project/

The kit created for this project is available direct from the NRG’s website. It includes the necessary materials and a link to a downloadable set of step-by-step instructions.

The kit is available for $65. Members can receive a 20% discount using the discount code NRG20OFF. The price does not include shipping, which is $10 in the US.

More information and a link to the store page can be found here:

https://thenrg.org/half-hull-planking-kit.php

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New Ancre Titles in 2019

New books from the French ship model publisher Ancre feature some very interesting looking smaller subjects.

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It’s been a while now since both Jean Budriot and Hubert Berti have passed away, but Ancre books has continued to publish new titles and add new language versions to existing ones, and for some reason, I’m having a hard time keeping tabs on them. Their work keeps slipping under my radar, so I’m not quite sure what exactly I’ve missed.

But, I did get an announcement of two new titles this year, as well as the release of their 2020 calendar.

The first one, which I believe was released some months ago, is a monograph on the Louise, an Argenteuil racing yacht of 1878. The photos showing the author’s model look truly beautiful. I can’t imagine that I could make a model that looks this good. But, the subject looks intrinsically beautiful, so it would be hard to go wrong with it.

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9th Japanese Boat Models Display, October 2019 – Extended

There’s still time to visit Clare Hess’s latest display of models of traditional Japanese boats in San Francisco’s Japantown, but not much.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

Setting up and taking down my display of Japanese boats takes a lot of time and effort, and when I don’t have the display up, I have to have a place to put all the models at home. So, a couple days ago, I contacted Union Bank and arranged to have my Japanese boats display extended for an additional two weeks.

If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime before November 15, 2019, you can still see my display in the Union Bank Community Room window of the Japan Center’s East Mall (Mikyako Mall), which is located between Geary in Post near Buchannan street.

In the future, I’d like to make more instructional, perhaps focussing on a certain type of boat or certain region and how they’re used or how they’ve evolved. Unfortunately, that’s going to take a lot of work, lots of study, and more…

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