As a long time admirer of the excellent Model Shipwright journals I had high expectations of the 2010 Shipwright Annual that was to be their replacement. Sadly, for anyone with an interest in sailing ship models this book is a great disappointment. A number of the articles on this subject contain poor quality photographs/diagrams, and feature models that fall well below the standard set by the MS Journal. It is very disappointing to see pictures of contributors' models displaying brass anchors and copper chains, or wales that have been glued over the top of incorrectly run hull planking. The model of the SS Great Britain in particular is not nearly of sufficient quality to warrant an article in a serious book on ship modelmaking. Also, a chapter on miniature marine carving, whilst having some excellent photographs, would be much more helpful if it contained less of the author's philosophy and more practical tips for the modeller.
Over the years Conway has published some first class reference books for ship modellers and enthusiasts - unfortunately this book is not one of them.
This annual is a shadow of the Model Shipwright magazine it replaced and is of little practical use to the average modeler. One exception is the modelers draught by James Pottinger, which is excellent . Unfortunately only one modelers draught is enclosed in the annual , as opposed to four in the magazine it replaced. Another issue is the modelers draught in the magazine were separate enclosed plans , normally drawn to scale , and not as in the present Annual form. The Model Shipwright magazine was an excellent publication , unfortunately the Editorial staff has lost there way in the Annual , and need to go back to the core values of the magazine.