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Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders Paperback – 16 Aug 1988
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Planking is one of the most important, and least often addressed, aspects of shipmodeling - until now! Here is a complete explanation of several different types of planking procedures.
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As I have mentioned elsewhere in other reviews, I am not an expert or "advanced" modeller. Nor can I lay claim to any of the other titles some devotees give themselves. My approach is to apply common sense and demand a high standard from whatever task I set myself. If the hull isn't square or I get the planking (or whatever) wrong, it has to be dismantled and I start all over again. Consequently, when compared to the models produced by those so-called experts and proudly displayed on the internet, I am happy that my own versions of the same ships compare most favourably.
In this book there are several tips which, I have to admit, I wish I had known before embarking on some of my earlier models. They would have saved much heartache. The first is; place the newly assembled keel, stem and sternpost between two pieces of glass so that this important feature dries straight and square. Yes, I hear all those who knew this trick saying "but we all know that!" Well, I for one did not and I am grateful for the tip.
Some will, therefore, consider this as a minor point - but a warped keel leads to a warped ship and I would rather get that vital aspect of the model right first time than struggle with several attempts.
Another not-so-obvious comment relates to solid hull models. Instead of constructing the keel, stem, sternpost followed by the network of frames onto which the planks are then fitted, a solid hull removes the need for such individual elements and is shaped as though all those features exist below decks but out of sight. That solid piece of wood, however, will not have the lateral lines created by planks and must, therefore, be reduced to a size slightly smaller than the finished ship so that when the planks are added they bring the vessel to her true proportions. Not quite so straightforward.
Perhaps it is because I have never worked with a solid hull that the subject never crossed my mind. Now that it has, like so much in this book, it makes sense.
Altogether, there are many more tips and ideas for the serious modeller. OK, if you already know it all - bully for you, but for those who don't, this book will teach you so much and is not likely to disappoint.
Planking model ships is a difficult skill to develop even with external assistance and precious few good guides have been published - or at least I haven't found them. I bought this book to improve my skills in some particular areas and it has helped me achieve that. However, I had to read it three times, together with another book (by Keith Julier) in order to get the maximum out of it. Why? Because the diagrams and photographs are not as sophisticated as one might expect in the 21st century. OK, so it was first published in the 1980's. Authors, please note, colour photography first appeared in the early 20th century and it is amazing what you can see that is otherwise invisible in B&W pictures - especially if the photos are taken by a professional photographer with controlled lighting. Also, with little effort, an arrow can be printed over the picture to identify the point you are trying to make.
Who will benefit from this book? Anybody who builds model ships and wants the planking to look good without having to hide it behind a veil of filler & paint. Would I buy this book again? Yes, it is worth having. Would I buy a second copy of a new edition at a higher price if it had colour photos? Definitely - and that would earn the 5th star on my rating.
The planking techniques work by Donald Dressel came up, and I sent for it straight away. Am I glad that I did!
I have build full size sailing dinghies and quite a few models but this books takes you to REAL models.
Tiny planking is very different.
The author outlines at least three methods for each stage of the building, which is presented in an orderly manner, based on his own and other model ship builders working experience.
I read the book from cover to cover, it was so good, finding my mistakes one after another; and I had not even started the cutting list.
The book was so exciting that I wrote this, my first review, so that nobody goes without this book as long as I have.
May your building reach the high standard of the models illustrated.
Regards from the Beachcomer.
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