If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild is just right for you. 

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model shipcraft.

The Guild sponsors an annual Conference where invited speakers present discussions on topics of both historical and technical interest. The Conference also features roundtable sessions where attendees can interact in small groups with elite modelers as they demonstrate technical aspects of our hobby.

We also publish books on ship modeling techniques as well as our world-renowned quarterly magazine, the Nautical Research Journal, whose pages are full of articles by master ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and research by maritime historians who show you what details to build.

All this, plus discounts on Guild products can be yours for our low membership fee.

Winter 2019 Nautical Research Journal

Introducing the Digital Edition of The Nautical Research Journal

The NRJ is now available in digital & print! Learn more…

Important Announcement

Seaways Ships in Scale magazine has ceased publication! More information & frequently asked questions…

The East Coast Oyster Sharpie

The NRG is pleased to offer a new set of scale plans and an extensively-researched monograph for constructing a late 19th century, East Coast Oyster Sharpie. NRG’s Sharpie was created by William Strachan and Al Saubermann.

The step-by-step monograph serves as a comprehensive introduction to scratch building. The project is perfect for beginning and intermediate modelers as well as experienced modelers who need a break. Learn more

New! Volumes 41-50 and 51-60 of the Nautical Research Journal on CD and Flash Drive!

Volumes 41-50 and 51-60 of The Nautical Research Journal are now available on CD and Flash Drive.

Each volume contains thousands of pages of ship design information, maritime history, shop notes, reviews, and other information for modelers and historians not found elsewhere. Each issue is complete – every page, article, photograph, illustration, plan, table, letter, and advertisement is included.

Fully bookmarked and searchable. Learn more

New! Seaways' Ships in Scale - The Later Years on CD and Flash Drive!

This collection covers the years 2010 until the end of the magazine's run with the third issue of 2018 is now available on CD and Flash Drive.

This collection contains thousands of pages of ship design information, maritime history, shop tips, and other information for modelers. Each issue is complete – every page, article, photograph, illustration, plan, table, letter, and advertisement is included.

Fully bookmarked and searchable. Learn more

New! 18th-Century Merchantman Half-Hull Kit

One of the most frequently asked questions at club meetings, at the Nautical Research Guild (NRG) Conferences or on Model Ship World (MSW) is "how do I plank a hull?" In response, the NRG has developed its first kit: a half-hull model kit of an 18th-century merchant ship designed to teach the novice model builder how to plank a hull the way it was actually done in the shipyard.

The kit includes all of the materials needed to produce the half-hull. The downloadable monograph takes the builder step-by-step through the process of planking the hull. Learn more

The Galley Washington Plans

The NRG now offers plans and monograph for the 1776 Continental Galley Washington! Designed by master modelmaker Jeff Staudt, this project includes ten sheets of plans and a step-by-step monograph.

A plank-on-frame model created primarily for beginning-to-intermediate skill levels, the Washington is a unique subject. The lateen-rigged, two-masted Washington was part of Benedict Arnold’s Lake Champlain fleet. Learn more

Back in Print! The Original NRG
Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes!

By popular demand, the first volume of the NRG Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes is back in print!

The NRG published this timeless collection of articles, techniques, and tips in 1979, and it immediately became a classic reference for modelers everywhere. Highly recommended for both new and experienced builders – 
get your copy now.

Volume II is also available.