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
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
IMAGE: B2883.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y6nj335e LINKS: 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.