Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research

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.   

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The NRG Photographic Ship Model Competition

The Guild is happy to host and sponsor, every two years, a juried Photographic Ship Model Competition. But despite its name this event is not primarily a competition. In keeping with the aims and goals of the Guild, the purpose of this event is to...

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The NRG Store

Members and non-members alike will delight in the offerings on sale.  

Buy CD sets of every issue of the first 40 years of the Nautical Research Journal, or order individual articles.  Order Ship Modelers' Shop Notes, volumes 1 and 2.  Buy an NRG shirt, hat, pin, shop sign or other products.  Sign up for the next annual Conference or Regional Seminar; even enter the next Juried Competition, plus much more.... all at special discounts for our members.

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...  

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