Shipwright 2013

B1834

Regular readers will need no introduction because Shipwright established its format and high definition a long time ago. This level of quality is not easy to maintain but the publisher continues to achieve the standard. For the aspirant readers, this annual is based on a large number of very crisp full colour photographs that very ably illustrate the text. It serves the model maker and the model engineer who will be working in the field of nautical models.

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NAME: Shipwright 2013
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1834
DATE: 180613
AUTHOR: John Bowen, Jean Hood
PUBLISHER: Conway, Anova
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 208
PRICE: £40.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Modelling, modeller, model making, model engineering, ships, shipwright, sail, square rig, ship rig, steam, warships, merchant ships, work boats
ISBN: 978-1-84486-160-6
IMAGE: B1834.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Another year and another issue of the highly respected Shipwright annual. This is a specialist publication that serves a loyal readership and each year welcomes new readers who tend to discover the book by accident. The quality of the publication is excellent and although the price can produce a sharp intake of breath, it a very competitive pricing for a book of this quality.

Regular readers will need no introduction because Shipwright established its format and high definition a long time ago. This level of quality is not easy to maintain but the publisher continues to achieve the standard. For the aspirant readers, this annual is based on a large number of very crisp full colour photographs that very ably illustrate the text. It serves the model maker and the model engineer who will be working in the field of nautical models.

Each issue covers a number of model subjects across the broad range of ships and boats. There are normally subjects from the two areas of keenest interest, the wooden warships of Nelson and the warships of the Second World War. To these most popular subject groups are added ships and boats from other periods, usually with at least one example of a modern ship and a chapter dedicated to the Royal Society of Marine Artists.

This year, the annual begins with a chapter covering the Ship Model Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. This is followed with chapters covering model subjects. WWII is first covered by LCT 455 and a D-Day Beach Diorama, The next chapter jumps back to 1678 and HMS Hampton Court. Forward in time to WWII and HMS Porchester Castle which was a very important second generation WWII convoy escort. Then across to Clipper Ships and Flying Cloud at the height of 19th Century sail technology for merchant vessels. This is followed by a giant leap back to ancient Egypt to the excavation of the remains of a 4,000 year old sailing ship and forward to the modern reconstruction of Min. The next chapter covers HMS Royal William, 1692, modelled as a large radio-controlled square rigged model. The variety continues through the second half of the book, the Ships in the Computer and Fittings for kit models covers some of the technology of model construction, before moving back into ship subjects with The collier Coalisland, 1921, Memphis, 194, MareJeanne, tuna boat 1908, MV Nareau, 1962, concluding with a chapter for the Royal Society of Marine Artists and a final chapter for Book News.

The variety and pace of the book is outstanding. There is something for everyone and an introduction to something new for most. The Conway imprint has long been associated with very high production standards and the use of high quality paper that supports high definition full colour images. That experience lends itself very well to speciality publishing. The cost is that prices tend to be above the popular average and the reduction in stocks at public libraries denies access to those who have difficulty justifying a book costing above £35. This is unfortunate because the potential readership is many times above the actual and it is nice to see that each year sees new readers who keep alive this type of first grade book. It must be a quandary for publishers such as Anova/Conway because although many parts of speciality publishing are now surviving and expanding as eBooks, the topics covered by Shipwright depend on high definition images that are not currently achieved by eBook publishing that responds best to text in single colour. When popular electronic technology reaches an adequate display quality, books like Shipwright are likely to achieve a very rapid increase in readership. One of the first stages may prove to be specialist apps that are able to achieve CADCAM quality levels and produce high quality drawings as print-outs. That then introduces some challenges for model makers and engineers. With 3D printing falling rapidly in price, 3D printers are nearly in the price range of a model maker. When they become truly affordable, a model maker will be able to produce components directly from drawings, particularly in the area where etched components are currently sold to model makers to achieve very detailed models. The technical development of the printer materials is also achieving stability at high pressures and temperatures. This has already been proven by the first pistol to be produced from plastics on a 3D printer, capable of firing standard pistol ammunition. This could soon be making it practical for the model maker at home to produce a large model warship with an effective blank-firing armament, its guns having been created on a 3D printer.

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