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ShipCraft 29: Victory (ePub)

100-gun First Rate 1765

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By Dr Kerry Jang
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft
File Size: 21.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781399085748
Published: 22nd September 2022


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The ‘ShipCraft’ series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warships. Previously, these have generally covered plastic and resin models of 20th century subjects, but this volume is a radical departure – not only a period sailing ship but one for which kits are available in many different materials and scales. This requires some changes to the standard approach, but the main features of the series remain constant.

Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, is probably the world’s most famous sailing warship, and survives in restored form at Portsmouth. With lavish illustration, this book takes the modeller through a brief history of the ship, highlighting differences in appearance over her long career. Detailed colour profiles reveal decorative detail and changes to paint schemes over 250 years, and outline some of the debatable features experts still disagree about. The modelling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit, including the complexities of rigging. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and coverage concludes with a section on research references – books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

Following the pattern of the series, this book provides an unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – and is simply the best reference for anyone setting out to model this imposing three-decker.

"If you are planning to build a model of Victory, get this relatively inexpensive book. It is a first-class reference for anyone who intends to tackle this 100+ gun icon of the age of sail. Were I contemplating a years-long wooden build of this beast, I would get this book in a heart-of-oak heartbeat."

Nautical Research Guild journal - Vol 69. Spring 2024

Victory: 100-Gun First Rate 1765 is a trove of information invaluable to anyone interested in creating a model of this famous vessel that is true to her built history and correct to the time during which the ship is being represented. Both the Model Products section and the Appearance section offer plenty of guidance to the modeler seeking a high level of accuracy. Whether commenting on the accurateness of the signal flags provided in certain kits meant to depict Nelson’s orders, discussing changes to the size of Victory’s name on her stern over time, or teasing out in exactly which period it boasted a squared beakhead bulkhead or a rounded bow, this book provides a wealth of details that sticklers for accuracy are sure to appreciate.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord

This is a valuable reference for period warship modellers, students of naval history, and anyone who has an interest in the Royal Navy at the time of Horatio Nelson!

IPMS Magazine - Issue 3: 2023

A one-of a kind book, with a priceless three-page bibliography, it provides an illustrated overview of the history of cavalry swords and their employment on the battlefield.


I heartily recommend Victory: 100-Gun First Rate 1765 for anyone interested in nautical modeling. It really is an excellent introduction to this fascinating ship and the models that replicate it. Highly recommended.

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High Recommended!

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Iron Mammoth

Jang’s text is informative and well-written, but it is the modelling genius on display that captures the imagination in this excellent homage to an incredible ship.

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Another first-class addition to the ShipCraft series.

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Military Model Scene

Following the pattern of the series, this book provides an unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – and is simply the best reference for anyone setting out to model this imposing three-decker.

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Scale Modelling Now

"This book is great value for money and provides a great introduction."

Les Brown, Small Warships

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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