Hyde Street Pier News Update

The latest issue of our newsletter is now posted. If you’re a member, you should have received your copy by email. Otherwise, just download it from the Meeting Notes page.

We’ve also posted a slide show of photos from the recent NRG conference in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen it, check out our blog posting.

Finally, remember that our next ship modelers’ meeting is this coming Saturday at 9:30am aboard the ferryboat Eureka. Hope to see you there!

At the 2018 NRG Conference

An on-site report from HSPMS member, Clare Hess, who’s at the NRG Conference in Las Vegas this weekend.

The Ship Modeler

The 2018 Nautical Research Guild Conference is in progress and I’ve been here manning a vendor table for Ages of Sail. I’m not thrilled with being in Las Vegas, just not my thing, but I’ve managed to get by. The event is being held at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, and located on the second floor.

The event is lightly attended, but the those here seem to be enjoying the talks and workshop round tables. There are only two other vendors here besides Ages of Sail, so the table gets extra attention. Makes time pass more quickly.

Sherline lathe demonstration

Of course, at these events, there are always really nice models on display, and this year is no different.

This was just a sample of the models on display. There were more. The last two photos are, of course, my own Japanese boat models, which I brought since I…

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NRG Conference This Week

The 2018 Nautical Research Guild Conference is about to take place, running from October 25 through the 28th at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a first for the NRG, which usually holds the conference in a place of nautical attraction of some type. This year, an attempt was made to hold the conference some place where hotel costs can be kept a little cheaper and flights in and out are cheaper and easier to get. Not everyone is fond of the location, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

The format of the conference will be the same as usual with local sightseeing tours scheduled for Thursday, and roundtables and seminars scheduled for Friday and Saturday. There is also the membership meeting Saturday afternoon and a banquet dinner later that evening.

A few vendors are scheduled to be in attendance, including our own local Ages of Sail. They include conference regulars BlueJacket Shipcrafters and Train Troll.

We’re getting down to the wire for pre-registration, but you can always register at the door.  For more conference details, visit: https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2018-conference.php

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Model Boats on Parade – September 16 in San Francisco

For those who like to see model boats in operation, the San Francisco Model Yacht Club has you covered!

The Ship Modeler

Sorry, I know this is a very last minute posting, but I was just reminded that the San Francisco Model Yacht Club is holding its annual model boat event tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park.

The event setup begins at 9:30am. It’s open to the public and should go on most of the day. The club will have its clubhouse open, so you can view various boats on display that aren’t out in the water. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to see all kinds of powered RC models, some small, some VERY BIG, plus RC sailboats. There’s even a group that does free sail racing, where the boats, powered only by the wind, are pre-set to guide themselves across the lake.

Here’s the informational flyer from the SFMYC’s website:

Get set for a fun and interesting day in the park! Ω

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Nautical Research Journal – New Digital Subscriptions!

The Ship Modeler

At least one person I know wouldn’t join the NRG because he didn’t want any more paper subscriptions piling up in his house. Well, those with similar feelings will be happy to know that they can now avoid the slow mailing system and piles of journals stacking up or getting lost by signing up for a digital subscription.

Digital editions are available as either a separate, lower priced, subscription at $40/yr, as opposed to the regular print subscription included with NRG membership of $50/yr, or as an add-on to regular membership and print subscription for an additional $15/yr.

The benefits to the digital edition are many. The subscription appears to be stored on-line, and you access the editions via the web. There is a large array of tools for searching, zooming, and scrolling through your magazine. There is a drop-down table of contents, if you want to jump straight to…

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Newly Completed French Bomb Ketch by Paul Reck

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Paul Reck has been going to town on a French bomb ketch he’s been building from a discontinued Amati kit. He’s been building it for a friend of his and has only had the kit since November. So, he’s clearly been really going to town on this model.

The kit, listed as Nave Bombarda, is a 1/75-scale plank-on-bulkhead kit of an 18th-century ketch-rigged bomb vessel. He got the model from member Leo Kane, who hadn’t started the kit yet, and who originally bought it from Ages of Sail. Sadly, the kit is no longer in production and is difficult to find now.

Paul sent these photos along, but we haven’t seen the completed model in person. I’m hoping that we’ll have a chance to get a better look at it at the next meeting of the shipwrights, which is this coming Saturday. I think everyone’s going to be amazed at how Paul did such a beautiful job in what’s probably not more than 6 month’s time!