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Manual of Ship Model Making

Although other books on ship models have been published, the beginner has had no real manual or handbook to guide him in his work and answer his many questions. Plans for specific ships are obtained easily, but to translate these plans into a well-executed model is another question. The amateur without experience has had to experiment to find out what materials are best suited for the work, what tools should be used, and how the construction can be simplified. At best, however, experience is an expensive teacher.

To aid the beginner as well as the seasoned old-timer, POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY has prepared this valuable manual of kinks, short cuts, and time-tried methods. For the first time in the history of model making, the best hints developed by experts are now available to the amateur. Instead of following blindly from stage to stage in the construction of a model, the beginner now can use the methods of the professional. In the pages that follow you will find simple step-by-step instructions that will help you to select and make your tools, shape your hulls, build your deck fittings, and apply your rigging and sails. Finishing and decorating, one of the fine points of model making, is simple if you know how.

To fix this knowledge in your mind, you must put it to actual use. For this reason, complete descriptions and plans for building two decorative models have been included. One model, a beautiful galleon reminiscent of romantic Spanish treasure ships, forms a particularly graceful decoration. By building it, you can learn a great deal about model making. The second model, a clipper ship, has all the grace and beauty of the ships that made America's nineteenth century commercial fleet famous. In the description of its rigging, the amateur will find the answers to many questions. Finally, to make the book complete, a carefully compiled glossary of nautical terms has been included. This alone will serve to identify many of the parts used on modern as well as ancient ships. All in all, this manual has been prepared with the hope that it will offer to the model maker the same fund of information that a scientific handbook offers the engineer. Briefly, it is a ready reference that will make your hobby of model making more enjoyable and your finished models more authentic and realistic.