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  • November 20, 2021 9:00 AM | David Eddy

    The winners of the 2021 Photographic Ship Model Competition were announced at the 2021 Annual Member's meeting on November 20, 2021.  Winners will be featured in the Winter 66.4 issue of the Nautical Research Journal.

    This was the Guild’s fourth Photographic Ship Model Competition. The panel of eleven judges reviewed and evaluated about 500 photographs of 48 models to determine the medal winners and models that deserved award ribbons.

    In addition, the judges provided every entrant with an assessment of each model’s best qualities and suggestions for improvement, which we hope can help advance the art and craft of ship modeling.

    The Guild thanks the organizers and judges for their efforts and, above all, the entrants themselves for their artistry and dedication expressed in all their beautiful models.

    Click here to view the 2021 winners.

  • November 19, 2021 11:35 AM | David Eddy

    Registration is now open for the next NRG online workshop!  Click here to register or learn more!

    Using the Table Saw Safely, presented by Kurt Van Dahm

    Saturday, December 11, 2021

    The safe use of smaller table saws, like the Byrnes saw, will be the subject of the presentation.  Though smaller than full-sized table saws, model-sized saws can still take a finger off or severely injure the modeler if they are used in an unsafe manner.   

    Kurt will show how to perform rip cuts, cross cuts, lap joints, miters and other common operations in a safe and efficient manner.  Many modelers say they are totally intimidated by the dangers of the table saw and that they are hesitant to use the saw they purchased.  After this program, these modelers should be less hesitant to use their saw.   And those modelers who routinely use their saws will appreciate the tips on proper saw set-up.   

    At a minimum this presentation will provide a helpful review of safety tips and might even prevent an injury due to complacency.

    Plan to attend the next NRG Virtual Workshop on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 10:00 AM CST entitled "Using the Table Saw Safely".   Presented by NRG Director Kurt Van Dahm.  This is an updated version of Kurt's talk which was presented at the 2018 NRG Conference in Las Vegas.  As usual this event is free to NRG members while others can attend for the bargain price of $5.00.

    Click here to register or learn more!


    • Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00am Central
    • Location: Online, attend using your computer or tablet.
    • Registration: Advance registration required.
    • Cost: Free for current NRG members, $5 for non-members
    Click here to register or learn more!
  • August 30, 2021 1:18 PM | David Eddy

    Following up on our popular 2021 calendar, the all-new Model Ships 2022 Calendar is now available in the NRG store.  Order today - there is a limited number available and once they're gone, they're gone!

    The official Nautical Research Guild 2022 calendar features a different model ship each month.  Each model was built by an NRG or Model Ship World member.  

    Beautiful full color, high resolution photos are suitable for framing once the year is over.  The wall calendar measures 11" x 17" when opened.

    Featuring models from:

    • David Antscherl, cover
    • Maurice Richard, January
    • Kurt Van Dahm, February
    • Tom Ruggiero, March
    • Robert Pehnke, April
    • Steven Lowe, May
    • Vladimir Churilin, June
    • Hans van Nieuwkoop, July
    • Justin Johnson, August
    • Ian Poole, September
    • Karl Warin, October
    • David Lester, November
    • John Pocius, December
    • Alex Roel, January 2023
    Click here to learn more or purchase your calendar!

  • August 25, 2021 1:23 PM | David Eddy

    Our latest NRG Workshop was a great success, with a record number of attendees.  If you missed the live event, the recording is now available for NRG members to view online.

    Not an NRG member?  Join today and get access to our growing archive of online workshops.  Members can view recordings of past workshops and get FREE admission to live online workshops.

    Members click here to view the recording of the workshop.

  • August 25, 2021 1:14 PM | David Eddy

    The Nautical Research Guild is proud to offer the reprinting of The Seaman’s Speculum or Compleat School-Master by John Davis and edited by Merritt A. Edson, Jr.   This reprint is offered as a digital publication.

    The Guild published a limited edition of this 1711 treatise on late 17th and early 18th century rigging of British naval and merchant ships in 1985. The 1985 reprint was taken from a microfilm made by the Smithsonian Institute of the only known surviving copy. The book has since disappeared. Much of the information is presented in tabular format. 

    Also included are The Rules of Gunnery, which details the guns of that era, their requirements for powder and shot and the techniques of loading and firing. As part of The Rules, The Duty of the Clerk, Pilot, Mate, Surgeon and Seamen of a Ship, according to Custom lists the duties of the various crew members, both on board and at the end of the voyage.

    Click here to learn more or purchase your copy of the Seaman's Speculum.

  • August 24, 2021 1:10 PM | David Eddy

    The Nautical Research Guild is excited to announce that gift cards for the NRG store are now available.  Get your holiday shopping going early!

    Nautical Research Guild gift cards are an easy way to give the perfect gift. The recipient of your gift can use their gift card anytime on NRG store to purchase plans, books, Journal back issues and more.  Gift cards can not be used for memberships, renewals, or apparel. 

    Click here to learn more or purchase a gift card.

  • August 18, 2021 8:50 AM | David Eddy

    The Autumn 2021 edition of the Nautical Research Journal is now available!    

    Digital subscribers can access the digital edition here. Print subscribers will be receiving their copies by mail soon!


    • Thoughts on ship decoration by Richard Simon
    • Capturing the colors by Chuck Bauer
    • The new dimension of paper models by Karol Budniak
    • Repairing a 40-gun prisoner-of-war bone model, Part 1 by Dan Pariser
    • Keelboats and their ilk by David Purdy
    • Fabrication of the galley Washington of 1776, Part 1 by Gilbert McArdle
    • Neptunia No. 302

    Columns and Editorials

  • August 04, 2021 2:39 PM | David Eddy

    The Ship Modeler's Ten Step Program or How to Transform Your Kit Model from Out of the Box to Out of this World

    Registration for this event has closed.

    You have built a few ship models “out of the box” but you are considering taking the next step towards kit-bashing.  The idea is exciting but you have no idea where to start.  This presentation takes you through the process of transforming your kit build into a one-of-a-kind, historically correct ship model.  From research to technique to bringing your model to life, NRG Chairman Toni Levine will show you how to make your model stand out from the crowd.  

    To illustrate the Ten Steps, the presentation concludes with do’s and don’ts using her first kit model, Mantua’s Peregrine Galley, as a teaching aid.


    • Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00am Central
    • Location: Online, attend using your computer or tablet.
    • Registration: Advance registration required.
    • Cost: Free for current NRG members, $10 for non-members
    Click here to learn more!  

  • June 04, 2021 10:51 AM | David Eddy

    The Summer 2021 edition of the Nautical Research Journal is now available!  

    Digital subscribers can access the digital edition here. Print subscribers will be receiving their copies by mail soon!


    • Modeling Saint Columba’s currach by James M. Norton
    • Use of the bergantin in the sixteenth-century exploration of the New World by Steve Harris
    • Imperial Japanese Navy Super Type A cruiser Zao: Building a 1:350-scale model by Rick Cotton
    • My father’s ships by Larry L. Koehler
    • A digital pinas by Ab Hoving
    • Yankee whaleboat – a 1:30-scale paper model by David Sakrison
    • Neptunia No. 301
    • No space is the mother of restoration by Bill Mitchell

    Columns and Editorials

    • Editorial: Upgrading our presentation by Paul E. Fontenoy
    • Shop Notes, featuring The vee-jig: How to make masts, yards, and spars the fast, easy, quick and accurate old-fashioned way by William E. Sproul
    • Tips & Techniques, featuring Bases and mounting models by Steve Wheeler and Small Scale Gratings Using a Laser by Larry Koehler
    • Letters
    • Book Reviews
  • June 01, 2021 1:32 PM | David Eddy

    Effective 01 June 2021, Samuel Parent of Winona, MN has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nautical Research Guild to fill the vacancy left by Mike Lonnecker.

    The NRG Board looks forward to working with Samuel as we continue to work on the business of the Guild.

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