Ship Models from the Age of Sail

Building and Enhancing Commercial Kits

  • Subject: Spring 2022 Catalog | Modeling
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  • Illustrations:
    500 color photos
  • Published:
    April 15, 2022
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  • Product Dimensions:
    10.25 × 7.8 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    33 oz
Hardcover $65.00
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Most 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 modeler, distills lessons gleaned from a lifetime practicing 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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, this coffee-table style volume (8 x 1 x 10.5 inches, 2 pounds), "Ship Models from the Age of Sail: Building and Enhancing Commercial Kits" by Kerry Jang, will be of special appeal to readers with an interest in model building, and sailing ship histories. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Ship Models from the Age of Sail: Building and Enhancing Commercial Kits" is a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library collections, as well as Hobby/Craft Store inventories. — Midwest Book Review