13.04.2017
Rigging Period Ship Models: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Intricacies of the Square-Rig
 

   The rigging of the vessel models is considered one of the most complicated tasks taken by every model maker. The vessels of the eighteenth century could boast miles of rigging, more than thousand blocks and literally acres of canvas the sails were made of. It is very difficult to retain the accurate representation when trying to reduce these all in scale. The present classic work by Lennarth Petersson is intended to untangle this complex web using more than four hundred ship drawings; the author of the volume has clearly demonstrated how each of the rigging items was fitted to the ship's masts, sails and yards. Each drawing addresses a single particular rigging item to let the readers see it isolated. The visual immediacy together with the remarkable clarity of this publication has made it very popular among the ship modelers and naval history enthusiasts, resulting in a truly unique volume. The ship modelers from all parts of the world have already found the book very practically useful and interesting, treating it as a real must-have reference source to be used by all people engaged in the rigging/repair of historic vessels. The book is very handy and helpful since the content is full of informative images guiding the reader. t will ask all your questions and solve all problems you may face...

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20.12.2016

The Sailing Frigate - A History in Ship Models

   This publication developed for the ship modellers is an extensivery researched publication which is full of insight and contains so many details. The book will definitely appeal to any person intedested in the era of sailing ships. The largest collection of the scale vessel models in the world is housed in the National Maritime Museum - some of them are contemporary artefacts created by the shipbuilders or craftsmen of the Royal Navy, ranging from the mid-XVII century to the present day. The book will tell the readers the full story fof the sailing cruising ship evolution. There are so many model photographs included in the publication, all of them being taken in full color and containing the detailed views.

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16.04.2016

United States Revenue Cutter Jefferson Davis

   This book by Arthur Montgomery was written to take the reader through the entire process of building a perfect plank-on-frame model of the Jefferson Davis, one of the world famous ships of the past. It will guide you through all phases of modelling and provide all necessary information on the history of this ship, fundamentals of the ship hull construction, as well as framing, planking, sparring, rigging and decking techniques. The process of the construction has been illustrated with the step-to-step photos. There are some notes on the armament of the ship. In addition, there is a shipmodeler's glossary to help reader with the terminology, necessary plans, drawings and tables - everything you need to build a beautiful model.

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05.03.2016

Warships of the Great War Era - A History in Ship Models

   Such had been the pace of change in the nineteenth century that by the 1880s fleets were made up with ships of very different designs, armament and capabilities. Standardisation came with Sir William White's Royal Sovereign class, so powerfully armed and armoured that only another battleship could oppose them. The principal armament consisted of four 13.5'' guns, with two of which being mounted in each of two barbettes; these were armoured structures containing the handling arrangements for ammunition and cordite supply. These were fixed and only the guns themselves rotated; however, they had to be trained fore and aft at a fixed elevation to be reloaded and the gun's crew were exposed to enemy fire in action. The secondary armament included ten 6'' quick-firing guns intended to pour rapid fire into an opponent. Action was expected to take place at close quarters with battle-practice ranges as close as two thousand yards considered normal in the 1890s and ramming was regarded as a viable tactic. All British battleships were fitted with four submerged tubes able to fire 18'' torpedoes on the beam and it was the threat of enemy torpedoes that caused longer-range gunfire to be developed so that in battle ships might remain outside their range. Smaller 14'' torpedoes were also carried to arm steam picket boats for attacks against enemy ships in harbour...

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22.02.2016

Ship Models from Kits - Basic and Advanced Techniques for Small Scales

   I have been making models since I was about seven years old, so as I sit writing this, that is about four and a halt decades. One of my earliest memories is of standing next to my father, who is sitting at the dining table, gluing together pieces of plastic. Next morning, I get up out of bed and discover a litde white Skyhawk waiting for me. On other occasions it is a Spitfire or a Sopwirh Camel. My memory fails me when I try to recall how long the undercarriage stayed on that one! I was hooked straight awav, and like anv addict, my habit has grown more demanding with the passing of the years. I went through various phases - aircraft and tanks as a child, Historcx figures as an adolescent and at university, a couple of wooden farm carts in my mid to late twenties, a rediscovery of plastic after I got married and, in the mid 1990s, an eighteenth-century frigate, plank on frame and fully rigged, that took more than two years to complete. Since about 2000, I have concentrated on ships and have honed my skills in this less popular genre. I enter and regularly win competitions, and display mv models at shows throughout Scotland and northern England, including the International Plastic Modellers' Societv (IPMS) Nationals at Telford. In 2008, I even went to America with them! I thoroughly enjov talking to people about what I do. Being in no way a professional modeller, I am happy to share my techniques with others. I just want to promote the hobbv and allow as many people as possible to get as much enjoyment from it as I do. It is all about having fun, and if that goes, then there is no point in earning on doing it.

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10.02.2016

How to Make Old-Time Ship Models

   With the passing of the years public interest in old time sailing ships is on the increase, as witness the preservation of our own Victory—Nelson's flagship, in Portsmouth, the original Cutty Sark in Greenwich, while other sea-faring nations are not behind hand in preserving old ships, for example the Constellation built in 1797 and the'oldest United States warship, now dedicated as a national shrine in Baltimore Harbour. Full size replicas of famous old ships have been built and sailed, for example, Columbus ship Santa Maria made by the Spanish Government, the Mayflower a joint Anglo-American effort, and the Viking ship which visited several European ports to commemorate the exploits of the Norsemen. Valuable as are these replicas nothing can compare with an authentic original, and in that respect the world has been enriched by the devotion andtechnical ckill of the Swedes in raising the Vasa from the depths of the sea. The Vasa, the pride and the flagship of the Swedish Navy, foundered in 1628 in Stockholm harbour, and there she remained submerged until 1961; but thanks to northern waters being relatively free from destructive wood-worm, and to the preservative effect of the slime and mud on the sea bed, practically every part of the ship has been recovered including a wealth of suberb carving and decorative enrichments as well as guns and other equipment. Thus for the first time it has become possible to personally inspect the shipwrights' art and accomplishments of 300 years ago and thereby adding incontrovertible authority to our knowledge of the subject.

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21.01.2016

The Ships of Abel Tasman

   This book is written for model builders and furthermore for anyone who wants to form an idea of some of the types of ships, which our ancestors used to navigate the seas. It is a fortuitous spin-off from a commission by a group of Dutchmen, who had emigrated to New Zealand, to build two historic ship models. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the discovery of the island by Abel Tasman, they decided to offer these two model ships of the daring seafarer to the newly opened Hobson's Wharf Maritime Museum located in Auckland. Reconstructions of past vessel do help people to form a visual image of Dutch nautical history: the over-wintering of Willem Ba-rentsz on Nova Zembla, the Batavia which was wrecked on the coast of Australia, De Ruyter in the four-days battle, Piet Heyn who captured the Silver-Fleet and Abel Tasman who sailed around Australia, all occurrences for which we would like to have a notion of the ships involved. The following text is the product of a hand in hand co-operation of the builder of the models, Ab Hoving and the draughtsman, Cor Emke, who has painstakingly followed and recorded the building process. Peter Sigmond, head of the department of Dutch I listory of the Rjjksmuseum Amsterdam and co-author of the book Dutch Discoveries of Australia describes the historic setting of Tasman's voyage of discovery in the first chapter. Here the reader finds copies of the original illustrations from the extract-journal of Abel Tasman.

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22.07.2015

Speedy - The Construction of a Model - Naval Cutter 1828

   This book by Bill Shoulder will be useful for people interested in ship modeling. It explains the construction aspects of the world famous naval cutter "Speedy". Hull construction section covers tools, materials, the building board, the hull core, wales and sheer strakes, the deck, deck clamps, deck beams, lining the bulwarks, the channels, the catheads, sheerplank moulding, covering boards at the stem, cathead bracket and doubling, and the rail. Fitting out the hull section addresses cleats, pin rails, the windlass, the guns, the rudder, gunport lids, deadeyes on the channels.The chapter called Fitting covers pumps, miscellaneous deck fittings, windlass, anchors, gratings, blocks and deadeyes, guns. Mast and spars section - the mast, the mast cap, the topmast, the bowsprit, the yards, the main boom and gaff. Rigging - rope, blocks, thimbles, lower mast, backstay pendants, bowsprit, the sling to the yard, the fore stay, setting up, ratlines, the shrouds, topmast stay, topmast shrouds, rigging the topmast, the squaresail yard, sling for the yard, cluelines, lift, bowlines, braces, fore braces, foresail halliards, jib halliards, etc.

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