Large Scale Warship Models, From Kits To Scratch Building

This is a beautifully illustrated book by an author who is an established award winning modeller. The book is a practical guide filled with enthusiasm and useful information. – Most Recommended

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NAME: Large Scale Warship Models, From Kits To Scratch Building
FILE: R2883
AUTHOR: Kerry Jang
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Seaforth Publishing
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 109
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Scale models, model engineering, model making, warships, techniques, 
technology, materials, radio control, static display, motorized models, scale detail

ISBN: 978-1-5267-3096-1

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DESCRIPTION: This is a beautifully illustrated book by an author who is an 
established award winning modeller. The book is a practical guide filled with 
enthusiasm and useful information. –   Most Recommended

The author is a professor of psychiatry who spends much of his spare time 
developing his exhibition level modelling skills, being rewarded with numerous 
awards. He is an established author of academic books and papers and this book 
benefits from his skill in passing on knowledge to others in an inspirational manner.

The book is a practical guide that is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on 
the journey from plastic kits to scratch building. This is a fascinating guide and 
covers one of the joys and challenges of modelling in any subject. Plastic kits 
provide an affordable entry level for novice modellers, to the point that there are 
kits of most subjects within the price range of children, but with a range of kits that 
require progressively deeper pockets and greater skill. These kits can be turned into 
exhibition quality models by enhancements and the use of specialist replacement 
parts. As the modeller moves up the skills ladder a plastic kit-based model can 
represent an investment in time and money. The great enjoyment is in the building, 
with satisfaction in the end product, but it is an addictive hobby. Very soon the 
modeller runs out of space to display and store finished models. That is often the 
point where the reluctant modeller stops making models.

Those who continue, tend to advance into scratch building where they learn how to 
make every thing from raw materials, although they may well purchase components 
to ease the process. At this stage in modelling, a large percentage of time may be 
spent in researching the subject in considerable detail and working from scaled 
versions of plans for the full sized subject. The end result is usually a model that is 
highly detailed and robust enough to fit motors and radio control equipment. This 
then opens new opportunities to display and compete the finished model.

The author has provided all of the information to guide the model maker along the 
journey to large scale operational model warships. The scope for subjects is 
enormous and the practical advice on tools and materials is reliable and inspirational. 
To this could be added advice on 3D printing. This is now becoming affordable for 
the serious model maker and opens up a new range of opportunities. In fairness, it is 
a stage beyond the logical remit of this book and it does require mastery of a number 
of additional skills.