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ShipCraft 30: Bounty (ePub)

HM Armed Vessel, 1787

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By Dr Kerry Jang
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
File Size: 15.4 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781399022903
Published: 30th March 2023

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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, like the previous volume on Nelson’s Victory, this 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.

Bounty, a merchant vessel purchased to undertake a special mission to the South Pacific, will always be remembered for the drama of the mutiny against Captain Bligh and his epic open-boat voyage that followed. The events inspired many books, and at least three major movies, and make the ship one of the most popular of all ship modelling subjects. Despite the ship’s fame, and the vast range of kits it has inspired, there are question marks over many aspects of the vessel’s fitting and, especially, how it was painted. This volume tackles these questions, reconstructing convincing colour schemes for the ship both as a merchant vessel and in naval service. 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 famous ship.

"If someone in your life is keen to spend the festive period making a model of a famous ship, then this new title would make an excellent gift."

Read the full review here.

The Nautilus Telegraph - Nov/Dec 2023

Gorgeous color photos of the models abound, showing the exceptional work of master ship modelers who have customized several models to produce lifelike renderings of the ill-fated vessel. Once again, Jang’s descriptions are scrupulously objective, pointing out inaccuracies and other shortcomings.

The National Maritime Historical Society

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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