Book review THE NEW PERIOD SHIP HANDBOOK" by Keith Julier


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Dec 25, 2017

Vienna, Austria
The New Period Ship Handbook
By Keith Julier

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Inst Pr; REV ed. edition (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Used copies amazon, abebooks etc. starting with 5 US$

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Synopsis (of another revised version):

In this revised edition of the Period Ship Handbook, the best of the original has been retained: a well-illustrated guide to the construction of static model sailing ships and the offer to the beginner of all the information needed to get started in this fascinating hobby. It also continues to introduce the more experienced model-maker to alternative techniques, well tried over many years of model shipbuilding. Significant additions have been made to the original text as a result of a further twelve years of model-making experience and developments within the kit producing trade and the availability of new subjects. Following chapters on kit selection, tools and material, the emphasis of the book moves to the practical application of the model-making procedures involved in producing high quality models. The new models selected to demonstrate these techniques range form the relatively simple to the very complex but all are constructed from kits currently available, without the facility of a sophisticated workshop.

Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, whether you fancy the graceful lines of a "J" Class yacht or the intricate detail and historical accuracy of HMS Victory, there is something here for you. Featuring nine brand new model projects: - HMS Victory - Victory's Launch - The Lady Nelson - HMS Mars - Yacht Endeavour - HMS Agamemnon - HMS Cruiser - Barque Endeavour - Clara May –



1) The Tool Box
2) Choosing the Kit
3) Making a Start
4) HMS Victory - Jotika 1:72
5) HMS Cutter Lady Nelson - Victory Models 1:64
6) HMS Mars - Jotika 1:64
7) Endeavour - J-Class 1934 - Amati 1:35
8) The Armed Transport Bounty -
9) HMS Agamemnon 1781 - Jotika 1:64
10) The English Carronade - Mantua 1:17
11) HM Barque Endeavour - Jotika 1:64
12) HMS Victory Launch - Panart 1:16
13) A Summary of Practical notes
Sources and Suppliers, Index

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Very nice insight into wood ship, plank on frame kit modeling.
Even though the two other reviewers (on amazon) didn't like this book, I found it well written, well organized and focused on the subjects the book is intended to cover, to wit, as the publisher description says, " The basic modeling instructions have been comprehensively updated and nine of the eleven model projects are brand new, as are all the color and black and white illustrations." Outstanding models from various makers are reviewed in terms of all components of the build - planking, decks, fittings, masts, rigging, etc. I found each rather detailed description of the building of each model very instructive, for this kind of modeling in general, as well as it pertained to the individual kit. I appreciated the tips and advice one gets from an experienced modeler. Also, in the last section of the book, are more focused treatments of specific modeling tasks such as planking, masts, rigging, and so forth. I pick this book up regularly and with each reading learn something new. If you are interested in starting out in wooden ship modeling, I recommend this book to you.
(by Amazon, but fully confirmed by myself)

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More Look Inside photos in the follwoing post
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