This book is the first comprehensive history of how the 1:1200 scale and its 1:1250 continental equivalent became accepted as the modern standard for miniature ship models. The origins can be traced back to the first years of the twentieth century and their use as identification aids by the military during the First World War, but when peace came the manufacturers aimed their increasingly sophisticated products at collectors, and acquiring, modifying or scratch-building miniature ship models has been an avidly pursued hobby ever since. This book charts the commercial rise and fall of the manufacturers, and the advancing technology that produces ever more detailed and accurate replicas. The author - himself a lifetime collector and builder of models - looks at the products of each manufacturer, past and present, rating their quality and suggesting why some are regarded as more collectible than others. But the book deals with more than off-the-shelf models, covering subsidiary issues like painting, modifying and diorama settings, and is illustrated throughout with many of the finest examples of the genre. The combination of fascinating background information with stunning visual presentation will make this book irresistible to any collector or enthusiast.
A comprehensive history of model ships in 1/1200 and 1/1250 scale.
This impressive hardback book covers the history of model ships in the abovementioned scales, covering the stories of the manufacturers who made them and... [read full review]Toy Collector, November 2010
This is a superbly produced book printed on good quality paper and featuring high quality photo reproduction that graphically illustrates the hobby.......... This is a cracking book that will certainly appeal to anyone with an... [read full review]Military Machines International
authoritative and well produced.Offwatch
An authoritative and well produced book that contains some spectacular images of the best examples of the modellers' art. Lavishly illustrated , it includes not only scores of often stunning models, but also some... [read full review]Nautilus Telegraph - November 08
I was highly impressed by the quality of the production of Paul Jacobs' new book on 1250-scale ships, with its clear and sharp color photo reproduction. Paul is the most qualified person around to write... [read full review]A.D. Baker III, Nautical Illustrator
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About Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs has been collecting 1/1200 and 1/1250 miniature ship models for fifty years and is well known in the hobby as a collector, writer and model maker. He produces his own line of ship models, and edits a popular web site on the subject.
Miniature Ship Models is the first English language history of the hobby.
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