This is a book which will appeal equally to naval enthusiasts and ship modellers. It offers an overview of the design, development and classification of modern warship types and it studies the constructors’ original models, explaining why and how they were made. The reader is shown how to research and select information on specific ships and how to find and understand plans.
The book then turns to scale modelling with detailed chapters on choosing a subject, a scale, methods of construction (scratch or kit?), materials and techniques and the details of fittings and painting. The book leaves the reader with a deeper insight into the direct relationship between the full sized vessel and the realistic scale model or working model.
The work presents an overview of the design, development and classification of modern warship types and offers an appreciation of the complex structures associated with real warship designs and how they can be related to those on warship models. It is illustrated by over 100 of the authors’ fine quality photographs, many of which have never been published before.
David Wooley is from the Wirral, with family connections to the local Cammel Laird shipyard at Birkenhead where, as a boy, the sight of regular ship launches kindled a life-long passion for warships and ship modelling. He has contributed to the Rangefinder column of Model Boats magazine for many years, and his models have been exhibited at national competitions such as the Model Engineer Exhibition.
William Clarke was born in Washington DC and has spent most of his working career at NAS Langley with a technical background in electrical engineering, finally retiring from NASA in 1995 after 35 years service. His abiding interest in USN warships combined with his skills as a photographer has resulted in a personal archive of many thousands of photographs which have inspired ship modellers and naval historians around the world.
Contents: The Warship; Constructors’ Models; Research, Plans and Helpful Publications; Getting the Best from a Workshop; Choice of Subject and Constructional Materials; Internal Fitting Out; Techniques for Building Weather Decks and Superstructures; Fittings, Etched Work and Castings; Painting and Camouflage; Preparation and Operation of Working Model Warships; Glossary of Terms; Sources of Information; Specialist Manufacturers and Suppliers.
Published in 2006 by Special Interest Model Books
305 x 229 mm
29 colour photographs
374 b+w photographs
22 line drawings