This is a lavishly illustrated annual that is eagerly awaited by maritime enthusiasts and modelmakers each year. It is beautifully produced
NAME: 2012 Shipwright, The International Annual of Maritime History & Ship Modelmaking
CLASSIFICATION: Book reviews
EDITORS: John Bowen, Martin Robson
BINDING: Hard back
DESCRIPTION: This is a lavishly illustrated annual that is eagerly awaited by maritime enthusiasts and modelmakers each year. It is beautifully produced and fully justifies its recommended retail price. Ten vessels are covered in some detail as models, and seven papers cover important aspects of maritime history and modelmaking. The cover price will deter some potential readers. That is a great shame, but there is no way of cutting corners when producing a book of this quality. It is an artwork in its own right and the core readership would accept nothing less. The Shipwright Gallery contains an interesting selection of completed models covering sailing warships, landing craft, and modern merchant craft. This edition will undoubtedly inspire modelmakers to new projects and attract new readers. It remains to be seen how much longer it will prove practical to publish paper books of this quality. Prices will continue to rise and the gap between eBooks and this type of quality production will continue to widen. Unfortunately, electronic publishing has yet to find a way to produce an eBook that can match the quality and there will continue to be modelmakers who will not accept anything less than Shipwright. Unfortunately, the reduction in library stocks of paper books continues to reduce and this will inevitably frustrate access by the next generation of readers who in the past have first been introduced to this area of interest through reading library copies, going on to become purchasers as their interest develops.