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Building a Miniature Navy Board Model (ePub)

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By Philip Reed
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 176.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 400 colour photos
ISBN: 9781473826823
Published: 1st August 2013


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This latest step-by-step volume from Phil Reed tackles what, for many, are regarded as the ultimate expression of the ship model maker's art, the Navy Board model. These beautiful early eighteenth-century works of art are well represented in the major maritime museums both here and in the States as well as in private collections and here the author deals with the construction of a miniature 1/192 scale model of the Royal George of 1715, in which all the conventions of Navy Board framing and planking are demonstrated .

He takes us through every stage of the work with the aid of nearly 400 photographs, each one accompanied by detailed text. Methods of hull and deck framing, internal and external planking, the construction of the complex stern with its array of galleries doors and windows, are all covered; the rendering of the multitude of decorative carvings on the figurehead, stern and broadside is also demonstrated.

At the end of the book there is a short section showing his model of Syren, which demonstrates how the techniques used to frame Royal George could be adapted for ships of a later date, using single and double frames closer to full-size practice.

Takes the reader by the hand and shows the many different building steps of such a model.

Modell Werft magazine

In this well written and engaging book, Philip Reed takes the reader step by step through the building of a 1:192 scale version of the Royal George built in 1715. This excellent volume contains over 400 sharp photographs, all in full colour, each photograph accompanied by a detailed descriptive caption, describing specific materials and the tools he uses.
If you’re looking for a reference book on the warships of Nelson’s Navy, such as the ones built at Buckler’s Head, then this is a great resource for you…the advice on suitable models, as well as how to construct many tiny detailed parts, it’s superb!

Bottleship Magazine

An invaluable manual. This book is a must-have for both the amateur or professional ship model builder's library.

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 Philip Reed

About Philip Reed

Phil Reed is a professional model maker who has built models for clients in North America and Europe. His work also includes restoration projects for leading galleries and museums.

After studying Fine Art and Photography he found his true vocation in ship model building, eventually abandoning a teaching career to concentrate full time on his model work.

His latest work, Building a Miniature Navy Board Model, gives readers a step by step guide to creating these magnificent models.

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