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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Rigging of the Ships in the Days of Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720

   The book was written by R. C. Andersen for the ship model builders. There are not too many books today that would provide so much useful information to the ship modeling enthusiasts. The material presented in the book is supplemented with the clear diagrams for better understanding. This book is intended to describe and depict in details how exactly the XVII century English, Dutch, French and other European trading vessels and warships were rigged, from the running rigging of the topsails and topgallants to the bowsprit and lower masts. It contains for than three hundred and fifty line drawings illustrating the rigging of all presented ships in detail. The book will definitely be of great use for people who like ships and modeling, and who are interested in naval history and warships of the past.

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Plank-on Frame Models and Scale Masting & Rigging

   As originally planned this book was to have been published as a single volume, but the ever rising cost of production made it evident that to do so would result in it becoming too costly, and it was therefore decided to divide it into two. The text of the publication was written round the building of one of my own models, namely the brigantine Leon, following it through from the use of plans to the very final mounting on the base ready for the glass case. This particular model has however not been slavishly followed, for where subsequent work or previous models have proved better technique, this has been quoted, in fact alternative methods of making the various components are included throughout. This model belongs to what for the want of a better term I will call the "scale construction" class, in which the internal timbering follows in close detail that of the prototype vessel, but other and more simple methods have also been described, and although the example chosen represents a ship of the smaller type, the same construction will apply to vessels such as full-rigged ships and barques. I have always held that to produce a first class model it is not sufficient merely to have good plans of the vessel being built, they must be backed up by a good understanding of the full-size prototype of the class, and I have therefore described full-size practice alongside details of the model, which broadens the scope for the modelrnaker to apply his own methods to achieve the same results, should he wish to do so.

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The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context

   This book is about the one that got away. I "discovered" it one clear dry afternoon in spring 1998. I was sitting in the small, specialized library of Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program, where I teach. I had been thumbing through various titles that I had noticed but had previously not found time to peruse. It was one of those days when I allowed myself to do something I wanted to do rather than what I should have been doing. I was feeling good. My latest book, Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant, was about to be published by Texas A&M University Press. In that book I covered the waterfront for the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. A major portion of the book dealt with ships of the Aegean. Among the pile of books that I had pulled off the shelves sat a bound copy of Chris Monroes expanded 1990 master's thesis, titled "The Boatbuilding Industry of New Kingdom Egypt." As I flipped through Chris's illustrations one figure stopped me cold in my tracks....

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Planking Model Ships - A Step by Step Procedure for Beginning and Advanced Modelers

   The book will provide ship modelers, both beginners and experienced, with some perfect virtual how-to's. Following chapters are included in the book - Introduction; Preparations; Tools; Simple Planking; Scale Planking; Spiling; Joggle Planks and Stealers; Butts; Shaping; Fastenings; Planking the Stern Counter; Seams. In addition, the book is supplemented with A Glossary of Planking Terms.

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Anatomy of an Admiralty Model

   General information; The hull; Cannons; The shelf, scarfing of the beams; Dry docks; Uper deck, sources of bamboo, capstans, hookbulkheads, bending and molding, separating frames; Mounting cannons, catheads and tails, belfry; Gangways, portlids; Hinges, port wrigges, beakheads, Some thoughts about rigging; Boarding steps, stanchions for tops, proper rigging for catheads chesstrees; Lanterns, pilot weel, stern, figurehead; Masts; Rigging; Riggins and masting charts; Photos; Plans of the cannons.

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Building Model Ships from Scratch

   At one time or another you may have looked at ad elaborately detailed model of a sailing ship, built from scratch! and thought. "Wow! Wish I could do that. But I know it's too hard". It's a lot easier than you think—and that is the point of this book. Building from scratch is not as easy as building a shira model from a plastic kit, of course, but the rewards are proportional to the efforts you put into it. Viewed as a finished work, a ship model appears astonishingly complex, but the construction itself is done one easy step at a time.The model is actually an accumulation on tiny details executed with loving care It does not require tremendous skill to build a ship from scratch, nor even inordinate manual dexterity. Anyone with a reasonable amount of patience and average ability with the hands can turn out a magnificent piece of artwork.

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Ship Models - Museum of Fine Arts Boston

   The well known and classic publication by Richard McLanathan, published by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This book will be of great interest for people who like ship modeling as it contains rare and valuable information on the very famous ship models, such as Prince Royall, Sovereign of the Seas, Le Precieux, Royal George; Valkenisse, British Ship-of-the Line, Earl Howe, French Frigate, Ship-rigged Corvette, Venetian Ship-of-the-Line, Heros, Constitution, Brig-rigged Corvette, Flying Cloud, Wave, Marie Rose.

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Planos Historicos de Buques de la Armada

   Set of the drawings of the Spanish ships. The language of the comments on the drawings is Spanish. Though the quality of the major part leaves much to be desired, this material may be useful for ship modellers or any other persons interested in naval history. In this compilation there are drawings and sketches for almost fifty famous Spanish vessels of the past - Acorazado España, Jaime I y Alfonso, Anteproyecto Lancha Torpedera, Artabro, Audaz, Azor, Barcaza embarque y fondeo minas, Barcaza Lanzamiento Torpedos, Buque escuela mecánicos Virgen de la caridad, Calarredes, Cañonero Eolo y Tritux, Cañonero Magallanes, Lezo, Concha, Elcano, Destructores Ceuta y Melilla, Destructores Velasco Alsedo, Lazaga Corbeta Descubierta 1ª Serie, Crucero Cardenal Cisneros, Crucero Almirante Cervera, Crucero Mendez Nuñez, Crucero Navarra, Crucero Príncipe Alfonso, Destructor clase ddg2 Charles Adams, Sumergibles General Mola y General Sanjurjo, Isla de Luzón, Destructor Lepanto, Destructor Mendez Nuñez, Destructor tipo lh 1800 Tons, Destructores Huesca y Teruel, Dragaminas Bidasoam, Transporte de Ataque Aragón, Dragaminas Oceanicos Tipo Guadiana, Dragaminas Tipo Nalón, Buque Hidrográfico Malaspina, Buque Escuela Juan Sebastian Elcano, Lanchas Alemanas, Cruceros Marques de la Ensenada, Isla de Cuba, Minador Neptuno, Destructores tipo Oquendo, Petrolero Plutón, Petrolero Teide, Proyecto Guardacostas Kanguro, Remolcador 1845, Submarinos Isaac Peral Y Cosme Garcia, Sumergible Garcia de los Reyes, Sumergible Narciso Monturiol, Sumergible Tipo B, Transformación Crucero Canarias en Portaaviones, Transporte de Ataque Castilla, Transporte de Ataque Galicia.

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Plans Reglementaries in Coque des Batimens de Guerre & Atlas de Genie Maritime A Toulon

   This set comprises of two maritime atlases. The language is French. The files inside contain detailed balck-and-white drawings/sketches of the seailing ships of the past. This set will be useful for ship modellers as well as everyone interested in the sailing fleet of the past. The quality is satisfactory, the reader will not experience any problems with the loss of quality during the scaling.

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A Treatise on the Construction, Rigging, and Handling of Model Yachts, Ships ans Steamers

   The present book is a very famous classical publication (first released in 1883), dedicated to the construction, handling and rigging of various model yachts, steamers and ships with some remarks on racing and cruising yachts as well as the management of open boats, also lines for various models and a cutter yacht. It is a must-have book for eveyone interesting with the fleet history. Official publication. Digitized by Google.

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Sailing the Farm
   Ever since I was 15 years old I knew that someday I would live on the sea. That was when my father bought a 27-foot Bristol sloop. At 15, that sloop seemed like a ship to me, and the Hudson River on which I lived, a sea. My father would take the family and friends for cruises through the Hudson Highlands to West Point and along the New England coast to Cape Cod, Block Island and other far away exotic lands. They were really rather nice sails and it was a very nice boat, but alas it was definitely a one-man boat. The sails responded only to my father's hand and the tiller only to his direction. To me, the beauty of sailing was much more than a sport: a sailboat could be a place to live, work, discover and entertain in a dramatically changeable environment...
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advanced ship modeling
   This excellent tutorial by Brian King contains all necessary information for beginners on how to start making nice ship models. You will find so many useful tips there that will help you a lot. The book is illustrated with sketches and photos. It is devoted to not only trying to put down the author's knowledge but also to his philosophy on ship model making.

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The Ship Model Builders Assistant
   The height of every ship model builder's ambition is to make a real built-up model of one of those old-time three-decked men-of-war that were the pride of European nations during the seventeenth century. They were round-sided ships with tumble-home top sides, beautifully adorned with carvings along the upper works, their sterns a blaze of colorful carvings and paintings, with windows and balconies, all harmoniously proportioned. The other end of the ship was also adorned with curved rails and an elaborately carved image for a figure-head that was generally symbolic of her name. There is a lot of work connected with the making of one of these models and anyone undertaking to build one should first of all be very careful to get a design to work from that is correct. It is most exasperating to get well along with the construction of your model and then find that a grievous error has been made in the plans. It is far better to go carefully over the plans before you begin work. Only recently, a friend of mine undertook to build a three-decked French line-of-battleship, from a set of plans printed in an old book on shipbuilding. He had all these plans enlarged by the photostat process and naturally supposed they were accurate. He went ahead and did a lot of work; bought a whole log of boxwood and had it sawed up to the proper thickness for frames and keel and then, when he got stuck, called upon me for help. I found that the three plans did not agree; that they were unfair; that the heights in one plan did not coincide with the heights in the other. The result was that he had to scrap most of the work done, redraw and fair-up the set of lines and then begin over again...
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Ship Modeling Hints and Tips
 
   The problem confronting the modeller is "What ship shall I make?" The number of different motives which bewilder many modellers in their choice of a subject is really amazing. Among sailors, love of ship and sentiment enter largely. Let me warn you, however, that sailors are, as a rule, very, very indifferent modellers. They usually rely upon a piece of dunnage wood, a few reels of cotton, some darning needles, sail needles, and the dregs from the paint pots. The war-time sailor, on the other hand, will probably tackle his first ship (dear to the eyes of any sailor is his first ship) in which he served. The quality of his craftsmanship will depend to some extent upon his civilian background, upon his aptitude and upon his character. This latter is more important than it might at first seem. In my opinion the very first requisite is some small bond of affection. You must have some liking for the ship you would like to model. After all it is a hobby, a labour of love. But this affection for some particular ship we roust examine more closely.
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Ship Modeling Simplified: Tips and Techniques for Model Construction from Kits
 

 

   In Ship Modeling Simplified, the professional ship model builder Frank Mastini puts to paper the excellent methods he has developed over thirty years at the workbench in order to help novices take their first steps in this exciting pastime. You do not need the deftness of a surgeon or the vocabulary of an old salt to build a ship model. All you need is just an understanding coach.

 

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Rigging Period Ship Models: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Intricacies of the Square-Rig
 
   Each drawing in this book deals with only one particular aspect of modeling and is accompanied by straight forward and logical narrative. Whether a model maker just requires information on one aspect or needs to rig a whole ship, it is all here in this beautifully produced book that should be possessed by every modeler of period ships.
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