Rigging period shipmodel
The rigging of period ship models is arguably the most complex task which any
modeller has to take on. The very ccale of the work is daunting. An
eighteenth-century man-of-war boasted mile upon of rigging, over 1000 blocks and
acres of canvas. The reduce this in scale and yet retain an accurate
representation is, indeed, an awesome undertaking. This remarkable book of
drawings, however, makes the modeller`s job logical and straightforward. The
author has drawn over two-hundred detailed diagrams which show clearly how each
separete item of both standing and running rigging is fitted to the masts, yards
and sails; belaying plans are included and knots and fastenings are also
depicted. Based on the model of the frigate Melampus, this rigging plan is the
most detailed available in any publication. Whether a modelmaker need to rig a
whole ship or just requires informatin on one aspect, it is all here.
I hope this book will make the task of rigging easier for
modelmakers at all levels. Certainly, researching and drawing out the
illustration answered a lot of question for me. There are other works
which any modelmaker needs to refer to and which have been stalwart
guides for me.
Foremost are James Lee`s "The Masting and Rigging of
English Ships of War 1625-1860",
and C.N. Longridge`s "The Anathomy of
Any modeller`s book shelf also requires "The Ashley
Book of Knots".
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