Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights resource page.

Here we will share with you some of the resources we have found valuable – and sometimes created. There are plenty of links below that will lead you to help in researching a type of ship or an particular era of nautical history; descriptions of model-building techniques and tools; forums where you can find other who have built the same model you are, or are planning to. Explore to your heart’s content.

The Portland, a model from a Blue Jacket kit by Ed Quam
  • List of Internet sites devoted to model ship building. The list contains forums maintained by Nautical Research Guild and others; building logs; sites containing tips, techniques and tricks; sources of supplies and tools, and sites with links to everything on the Internet that might be of interest to model ship builders.

Model Ship Builder This website has a popular forum with over 1900 members. Extensive group of building logs. They also sponsor group builds and provide an opportunity for members to place articles.

 Board Models NBM is a collaborative effort of the Model Ship Builder website, and others. There is no forum, but you can access the build logs from Model Ship Builder and from the now-defunked Ships of Scale, and archived issues of “Warships and   Workbooks” and “Model Ship Builder Journal”

Nautical Research Guild Official website for this premier ship building organization. There are articles, links, and NRG news.

NRG’s Model Ship World This large, comprehensive site is now operated by the Nautical Research Guild. It’s a major forum w build logs and plenty of response to modeler’s questions. Also access shop notes, tips, techniques and research.  

FAQ for Ship Model Builders (by John Kropf) This is a model ship building site which answers all sorts of questions about ship modeling. Many of the links do not work.

John’s Nautical & Boatbuilding Page This site includes mostly life-size boat building material, but its self-proclaimed “Mother of All Maritime Links” can be helpful.

Daniel Siemen’s Resource List Our own Daniel Siemens developed his own resource list, mostly about bottled ship making.

Model Ship Building Secrets  This is an English blog with a directory , “50 of the Best Model Ship Building Sites”

Modeler’s Central – An Australian commercial site that features a blog with many modeling tips as well.

DeAgostini Model Space A British commercial site selling kits and tools with a forum filled with build logs of large models

Arsenal Modelist – Olivier Bello’s ship modeling site featuring 43 short tutorials, closeups of his fine work and a building log.