Daily Archives: October 16, 2019

NRG Conference in New Bedford, MA Next Week

It’s time for the annual Nautical Research Guild Conference again. This year it’s in New Bedford, Massachusetts (Ha, I passed the spell check!), at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, October 24-26, 2019.

This should be an ideal place to hold a ship modeling conference. I’ve never been there myself, and have always want to visit. However, since I’ve only really attended the conferences for Ages of Sail, and this event has almost no vendors due to Massachusetts sales tax laws, or so I’m told, I’m not going to be there.

A couple members from the South Bay Model Shipwrights club will be going, so I’ll be looking forward to hearing what they have to say about it at next month’s meeting.

One thing I will be missing out on is their collection of Japanese prints and historical information about Japanese whaling, which could aid me in my research of Japanese traditional boats, which includes the Japanese whaleboats, called Kujirabune. I know that the Japanese whaling museum in Taiji, Japan, has some kind of connection, being that both involve the history of whaling.

In any case, if you’re interested in the Conference, there’s still time. Visit the NRG’s webpage for more details: https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2019-conference.php




Japanese Ship Model Society “The Rope” Announces Anti-Piracy Policy

In the October 2019 issue of The Rope Newsletter, the group officially announced their policy to help deal with what are described as “fake kits with Chinese and Russian Origins”. This comes after discussing policies implemented by the Nautical Research Guild and the NRG’s Model Ship World.

The Rope’s efforts aim to educate membership to the problem and to provide an updated list of companies that practice a policy of pirating intellectual copyright, as well as use of dubious methods to skirt legal design issues.

Members are not prohibited from buying or building products from these companies, but such products will be banned from official activities. I presume this mainly refers to their annual exhibitions and their ship modeling classes.

The english language version of The Rope Newsletter, can be accessed directly from their website here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FRRbRulTOReNd9q2Sfs6H2_Eqy9zqpvq/view