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Ship Modeling Simplified: Tips and Techniques for Model Construction from KitsShip Modeling Simplified: Tips and Techniques for Model Construction from Kits
In "Ship Modeling Simplified," master model builder Frank Mastini puts to paper the methods he's developed over 30 years at the workbench to help novices take their first steps in an exciting pastime. You don't need the deftness of a surgeon or the vocabulary of an old salt to build a model. What you need is an understanding coach. Mastini leads readers from the mysteries of choosing a kit and setting up a workshop through deciphering complicated instructions and on to painting, decorating, and displaying finished models--with patience and clarity, not condescension. He reveals dozens of shortcuts: How to plank a hull "egg-shell tight"; how to build and rig complicated mast assmeblies without profanity; how to create sails that look like sails. . . . And along the way he points out things that beginners usually do wrong--beforehand, not after they've taken hammers to their projects.
Basics of Ship Modeling: The Illustrated GuideBasics of Ship Modeling: The Illustrated Guide
Hundreds of step-by-step photos guide you from basic assembly techniques to painting and weathering, detailing, masking, and display of your model ships. Now you can develop even the most expert skills!
Historic Ship ModelsHistoric Ship Models
Highly detailed with excellent line illustrations, graphs, and photographs. There is maritime history on every page. More than 2,500 photographs, detailed diagrams, intricate drawings, and easy-to-follow plans fill every page of this invaluable sourcebook for making model ships. It's simply breathtaking, rich in historical facts about real ships that sailed the seas from 3000 B.C. to the 19th century, and generously informative. Charts and checklists abound, and the essential advice covers every conceivable point, from deciding on a project to choosing the best plans, from making the most of a limited budget to selecting the handiest materials. Every model maker will find eye-opening ideas.
Ship Models: How to Build ThemShip Models: How to Build Them
Complete, step-by-step instructions for building schooners, galleons, clipper ships, more. Includes scale plans for 1846 clipper ship Sea Witch. Excellent guide for both the novice and the practiced woodworker - from the first steps in selecting proper materials to final task of painting the model. Over 150 photographs. Paperback, 192 pages.
Planking Techniques for Model Ship BuildersPlanking Techniques for Model Ship Builders
Planking is one of the most important, and least often addressed, aspects of shipmodeling - until now! Here is a complete explanation of several different types of planking procedures. A Modeler's reference for planking wooden ships, both kit and scratch models. Paperback, 138 pages.
Historic Model Ships from ScratchHistoric Model Ships from Scratch
Sequel to the book 'Model Ships From Scratch' by the same author, this volume contains instructions on building model ships from scratch using advanced techniques. It is aimed at both beginner and amateur modelmakers. The projects include: a Trafalgar ship; Gloucester schooners and other American craft; Alabama III; steamers and paddle steamers; a 'C' class destroyer; famous flagships (Drake's 'Golden Hind' and Columbus's 'Santa Maria'); new and old sailing trawlers; and barges. The book also contains instructions on how to put ships in bottles. There are detailed drawings and photographs of the completed models, plus close-ups of deck detailing and fittings, rigging and sail making, systems of hull building and mounting of models. Paperback, 160 pages.
The Model Ship: Her Role in HistoryThe Model Ship: Her Role in History
The author explores the practical and important role played by the model ship in maritime development over the centuries from Ancient Egypt's funerary models, through the Middle Ages and ex voto models to the seventeenth century when models were used to illustrate developments in naval design. Hardcover, 192 pages.
Ship Model BuildingShip Model Building
This is an enlarged edition of a work that has been accepted as the most complete exposition of model shipbuilding. The late Gene Johnson made this book unusual by its attention to minute and authentic detail. He supplied every needed diagram, more than a thousand, to supplement 'know-how', and covered all possible pitfalls. Paperback 308 pages.
Finishing Scale Ship Models: Detailing and Painting TechniquesFinishing Scale Ship Models: Detailing and Painting Techniques
Hardcover, 120 pages. Author: Tom Gorman. Publisher: US Naval Institute Press.
Ship Modelling SolutionsShip Modelling Solutions
Paperback, 175 pages. Author: Brian King. Publisher: US Naval Institute Press.
Ship Modeling from Scratch: Tips and Techniques for Building Without KitsShip Modeling from Scratch: Tips and Techniques for Building Without Kits
Here is the first complete, step-by-step course in building model ships from scratch-everything from schooners and clipper ships to modern oceangoing freighters and steel warships. This work covers choosing the right subject, building from plans, drawing scaled plans from photographs, buying tools and materials, building half models, planked hulls, lapstrake hulls, plank-on-frame, plank-on-bulkhead, lift models, modern ships, ancient ships, masting and rigging, sailmaking and flags. Paperback 184 pages.
Model Marine SteamModel Marine Steam
Paperback, 144 pages. Author: Stan Bray. Publisher: US Naval Institute Press.
Scale Model Ship PropulsionScale Model Ship Propulsion
This richly illustrated manual is a comprehensive yet practical guide to the installation, operation, and maintenance of propulsion systems for scale model ships. Beginning with model and propulsion system options, the author goes on to describe both electric and steam systems, including the fitting and care of battery packs, radio controls and the operation of steam boilers, with an emphasis on safety when dealing with pressurized containers. Paddle-wheels and screw propellers are covered as well as such specialized propulsion units as variable-pitch propellers, azimuth thrusters, and Voith Schneider units Lavishly illustrated with photographs and the author's own technical line drawings and complemented by the inclusion of data tables and appendixes with addresses of suppliers of materials and equipment this eminently practical and useful handbook is indispensable reading for all working ship modelers. Hardcover, 160 pages.

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