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 puts on ship modeling seminars, yearly conferences, and juried competitions. We 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 build those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you what details to build.

All this, plus discounts on Guild products, admissions to maritime museums and attractions, and a host of other products and services for the model ship builder can be yours for our low membership fee.

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 a beginning-to-intermediate skill level, the Washington is a unique and beautiful subject. Learn more…

NEW! MSW Carving Blanks

Learn how to carve beautiful scrollwork and ornamentation! The NRG is offering laser-cut, boxwood carving blanks for those participating in the Model Ship World forum’s Introduction to Carving Group.

Each blank includes crisply outlined emblems and scrollwork laser cut from beautiful, clear boxwood. The outlines provide the starting shapes for developing your relief carving skills. Learn more…

Ship Modeling Resources

This is the online resource for ship model techniques, articles and Shop Notes.  Browse articles on ship model research, tips and techniques.  Search hundreds of links for suppliers, traders, and dealers.  Click here to learn more...