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Rigging Period Ships Models (Hardback)

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Intricacies of Square-Rig

Seaforth 1914

By Lennarth Petersson
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 119
ISBN: 9781848321021
Published: 30th March 2011
Last Released: 25th June 2018

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The rigging of period ship models is the most complex task which any modeller has to take on, for an eighteenth-century man-of-war boasted mile on mile of rigging, more than 1,000 blocks, and acres of canvas. To reduce this in scale, and yet retain an accurate representation, is an awesome undertaking.
This now classic work untangles the complex web, and, using some 400 drawings, the author shows clearly how each separate item of rigging is fitted to the masts, yards and sails. Each drawing deals with only one particular item so that it can be seen clearly in isolation. The lead of a particular halliard, the arrangement of a bracing line, these and every other detail is depicted with startling clarity. Based on the author's research of numerous eighteenth-century models, each one with its contemporary rigging still extant, the information is both meticulous and accurate.
The remarkable visual immediacy and clarity of this work makes it truly unique and no modeller of period ships can afford to be without it at his side. In addition, the book is a 'must-have' practical reference work for all those involved in the rigging and repair of historic ships.

Every single example of how a piece of rope might be used in the many roles required on such ships is carefully described by those excellent line drawings which are remarkable for their overall simplicity. All mast and sail configurations are included - making the work relevant for any period model ship.

This book is a 'must-have' practical reference work for all period ship modellers and for all those involved in the repair and rigging of historic ships. A truly excellent volume and thoroughly recommended.

Warship World, November-December 2016

This indispensable volume has, happily, recently been re-printed and re-issued by Seaforth Publishing. The author is a model maker and accomplished draftsman who has spent many years in thoroughly carrying out research on
18th-century rigs and rigging. He has employed meticulous research and admirably clear draftsmanship of the first order to illustrate every detail of the rigging of a full-rigged ship of the late 18th century. His drawings are based on a fine contemporary mode of the British
36-gun, 18-pdr frigate Melampus, a fully-rigged model of which survives in Bristol, where the original frigate was built by Hillhouse and launched in 1785.

It is the drawings and diagrams that are the essence of this work, individually showing every item of this work, individually showing every item of standing and running rigging, its lead, belaying and fastening, as necessary. Some 200 of these provide invaluable rigging information for the modeller, the historian or student of the naval ship period.

A superb and practical work that has already been appreciated by many of our readers.

Seways, September 2016

A study specific for naval modellers using wood, with a reference that can be used quickly and easily.

Without a doubt, this is a masterpiece and if you are a naval modeller, you need to have this in your library.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

The visual immediacy and clarity of this work makes it truly unique and no period ship modeller can afford to be without it at their side. In addition, the book also serves as a 'must-have' practical reference work for all those interested in, or actually involved with, the rigging and repair of historic ships.

Model Boats magazine, May 2016 - John Deamer

Most modelling books deal in detail with hull construction, and give at best a general guide to the rigging...this book presents some 250 drawings with such clarity and detail that there is no need for explanatory text. The publishers have produced a excellent edition which complements in its quality the first class drawings. The book should appeal not only to modelmakers, but to all those interested in the workings of a man of war in the latter half of the 18th Century.

NAUTICAL MAGAZINE

This book presents some 250 drawing with such clarity and detail that there is no need for explanatory text. An excellent edition which complements in its quality the first class drawings. The book should appeal not only to modelmakers, but to all those interested in the workings of a man of war in the latter half of the 18th Century.

Nautical Magazine

This is a must have reference book for the period ship modeller.

Marine model magazine November 2011
 Lennarth Petersson

About Lennarth Petersson

LENNARTH PETERSSON is a modelmaker and draughtsman and has spent years studying square rig. He has written for journals and periodicals and, amongst many commissions, has produced detailed interpretations of the Vasa for the Statens Sjohistorisks Museet in Stockholm. He recently wrote a companion volume on fore-and-aft rig.

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