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Ship Models from the Age of Sail (Hardback)

Building and Enhancing Commercial Kits

Ship Modelling Seaforth Naval Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books Seaforth: Modelling

By Dr Kerry Jang
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 500 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526777539
Published: 25th March 2022


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The vast majority of period ship models are built from kits, usually primarily of wood with some ready-made fittings. Although these commercial offerings have improved significantly in recent years, all of them can be enhanced in accuracy or detail by an experienced modelmaker. This book, by an expert ship modeller, distils lessons gleaned from a lifetime practising the hobby to the highest standards, setting out methods of improving basic kits and gradually developing the skills and confidence to tackle the construction of a model from scratch.

Using a variety of kits as the starting point, each chapter demonstrates a technique that can be readily improved or a feature that can be replaced to the advantage of the finished model. Topics include hull planking, representing copper sheathing, many aspects of more accurate masting and rigging, and how to replace kit parts and fittings from scratch. Ultimately, the impact of a period model depends on its accuracy, and the book also provides guidance on plans and references, where to find them and how they are best used.

The plank-on-frame model, sometimes with exposed frames in the Navy Board style, has always been considered the crowning achievement of period ship modelling, and this book concludes with coverage of the very latest kits that put fully framed models within the reach of ordinary mortals. Offering advice, expertise and inspiration, Ship Models from the Age of Sail has something for anyone interested in building a period ship model, whatever their level of skill.

I have long thought about building a sailing ship model, inspired mostly by being a huge fan of the series of Richard Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent. I've never plucked up the courage yet to actually do one, concerned if I have the patience (and skills) to do all the rigging. The clear explanation of both Standing and Running Rigging in here has made me think that one of these days I really must take up the challenge. Well written text, clear to follow, and accompanied by photos of some really beautiful models. Super book which I think will be good for beginners and experienced ship modellers alike.

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"There are many books available on building wooden sailing ships, but this one deals with the latest techniques used by the manufacturers, and therefore provides a modern point of view of building from a kit."

Les Brown, Small Warships

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About Dr Kerry Jang

KERRY JANG teaches at a Canadian university and is the author of numerous academic books and papers, but in his spare time he has developed his ship modelling skills to professional standards. For Seaforth he has previously published Large Scale Warship Models (2019) and Ship Models from the Age of Sail (2022).

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