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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (1 Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877422729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071558679
  • ASIN: 0071558675
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 0.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Ship Modeling Simplified, master model builder Frank Mastini puts to paper the methods he's developed over 30 years at the workbench to help novices take their first steps in an exciting pastime. You don't need the deftness of a surgeon or the vocabulary of an old salt to build a model. What you need is an understanding coach. Mastini leads readers from the mysteries of choosing a kit and setting up a workshop through deciphering complicated instructions and on to painting, decorating, and displaying finished models--with patience and clarity, not condescension. He reveals dozens of shortcuts: How to plank a hull "egg-shell tight"; how to build and rig complicated mast assmeblies without profanity; how to create sails that look like sails. . . . And along the way he points out things that beginners usually do wrong--beforehand, not after they've taken hammers to their projects.

Ship Modeling Simplified even includes an Italian-English dictionary of nautical terms, the key to assembling the many high-quality Italian kits on the American market.

Model building is fun, and not nearly as difficult as some experts would have you believe. Here is everything you'll ever need to get started in a hobby that will last a lifetime.

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In Ship Modeling Simplified, master model builder Frank Mastini puts to paper the methods he's developed over 30 years at the workbench to help novices take their first steps in an exciting pastime.

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Mastini clearly has much experience of ship modelling and construction. His hints and tips are well thought out and clearly stated. There is something here for modellers of all stages - from beginner to expert. Probably the best of the modern ship modelling books.
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I found this book very disappointing, given that I was expecting to pick up "tips and techniques" and a lot of "how to" information about ship modelling. The book covers the absolute basics only. It does have merit if the reader has never built a period model ship before; however if the reader has already built even a simple model this book has little or nothing to offer.
Potential purchasers also need to be aware that approximately a third of the book comprises an Italian English dictionary, which is of little value, unless one purchases a model from an Italian manufacturer that has not bothered to translate the instructions into English
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Lacks many specifics for the beginner but has a lot of useful tips on construction from kits
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I was well satisfied by the Book Depository although initially the wrong book was sent. They dealt quickly with my complaint. The book itself is disappointing, however, the black and white photos are not very helpful as they lack detail. Tips and techniques were thin on the ground and not quite what i anticipated.
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As I enjoy building model ships this has proved to be a useful addition to my modelling library. Had I not already had several books this would have been an excellent first book to buy, I would highly recommend it even to experienced modellers
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A good book of planning and explanation, but seems to be a bit short on some of the details of how to carry out the tasks, however taken as a whole it is a good guide and to explain it in depth you could end up with having to have a complete libary to sort through as it is you can get the basics and work a go go around to complete the tasks.
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Arrived yesterday,,,,,,I was impatient to see it! I am well pleased with my purchase
It is indeed very good, particularly on the modeling of rigging in sailing ships. Some
really good ideas to make this difficult phase of a model's construction simpler.
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My partner has been building model ships for years. Instructions for kits are generally poor and vauge. This book has been written by a model maker. The author includes his own experiences, where he has made mistakes over the years and how to avoid making them yourself. You can't fault it. My parner is over the moon with it. Experienced modellers, novices and first time model makers will benefit. My parner loves his christmas present!
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