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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764331051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764331053
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Into and Nancy Price are professional model boat builders from Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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John Into and Nancy Price are professional model makers based on Maryland's Eastern Shore. They have been married for 30 years. Both graduates of Boston University, they came to their home in the Chesapeake Bay in 1994 where they are now surrounded by water and everything related to it. In addition to model making and traveling to see boats, they enjoy spending time with their three goats, two cats and one dog.

John has been making models for 50 years; Nancy for nearly 20. They have made more than 300 models for major corporations, museums, naval architects, yacht clubs and private collectors throughout the world. Their models are highly sought after for their dimensional accuracy and intricacy.

John and Nancy design, and then create, each of the many parts that comprise their models from raw materials. Making each of their own parts assures high quality. In addition, although there are thousands of variations of boats in the world, they can make an accurate model of any one of them, because they don't have to rely upon what is available in kits or parts from other sources.

"Fundamentals of Model Boat Building" will teach you how to make your own models from scratch. It's writing is clear and easy to understand for the novice while providing useful information for the master model maker as well.It contains good information for kit-builders, too. Whether you prefer to make models of boats or anything else, you'll find that this book has a lot to offer.

John's favorite quote about their book, one they've heard often from readers at shows is, "Every serious model maker will eventually have this book in their library".

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John and Nancy are currently at work on the next book in their series, which will include the making of fine details, including the making of tricky metal parts.

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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in model boat building.
Charles H. Swift
As an extreme novice to any model building project, I found John and Nancy's step-by-step directions and clear photographic depictions very easy to follow.
lisa f.
I feel that John and Nancy have great passion for model watercraft and it's hard not to feel the same way after reading this book.
Chris Pearson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James J. Bloom on April 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At the outset I have to confess that, at 71,I no longer possess the eyesight or hand-eye coordination to craft a model boat from scratch. I build from kits---plastic ones at that. I have commissioned a fine model from the authors--a 1/60 scale Nordhavn 62 you can find on their website. While John and Nancy were planning, drafting and building my model, they sent me some very intriguing CAD graphics showing how the project proceeded from Nordhavn's plan and profile drawings to the CAD design to create the lifts and templates for the model. So when I heard that these meticulous craftspersons had produced a book on the topic I was glad to order a copy. The book does not disappoint. Whether you want to build a model from scratch,as the authors do, or simply knock out a paper model using the text as a guide (as I will attempt) the book provides great insight and practical assistance in transforming photos and plans of actual boats into models. Both theory and practice are very well presented and described, the authors divulging the secrets of faithful boat model building derived from long experience in building outstanding facsimilies of water craft for boat owners and admirers alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pearson on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been a professional modelmaker for 30 years, this book is perfect for all levels of model building. I feel that John and Nancy have great passion for model watercraft and it's hard not to feel the same way after reading this book. I love how John goes into "how to think like a modelmaker" in this book. This includes how to look at things as a puzzle rather than as a "problem". This is the essence of what a good modeler does, be positive and work hard to get the desired results. A great resource for anyone with a passion for building models, period. This book is a winner for anyone who desires to build scratch models at any scale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lisa f. on January 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As an extreme novice to any model building project, I found John and Nancy's step-by-step directions and clear photographic depictions very easy to follow. Never has model building seemed more possible or rewarding!!! I need this book for my library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail G. Heinrich on January 18, 2011
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This new book authored by John Into and Nancy Price is a boon to the model boat builder. Hard cover-bound and printed on quality coated stock, it's loaded with excellent and informative illustrations, explanations, useful tips on tools for the beginner and the experienced builder alike, and it's a wonderful addition to any modeler's collection. The authors even give you the plans for building a model boat out of paper and it's a wonderful project. I highly recommend this book to beginner and experienced modelers alike. Five Stars Plus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Templeman on September 11, 2012
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This book is very well written. Into and Price effectively explore and vividly describe in just enough detail the fundamentals of boat modelling and architecture. I found it suprisingly easy to find answers to my questions on tools and construction techniques. A number of books cover topics such as Split-Hull Construction or Understanding Line Drawings or Lift Building but I found the concise text and excellent illustrations to be illuminating. Every page a discovery !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patti Petty on February 7, 2012
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Lots of good and useful information for anyone interested in model boat building. Clearly written for anyone to understand--and be able to follow. Highly recommend.
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By Richard E Barton on February 15, 2014
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This book is basically a "sales pitch" for the models the author has for sale and for a forth-coming series of books...which NEVER came out. I feel "ripped off" and will never buy another book from this author or publisher again.
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By Art Rago on December 14, 2013
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I am a novice and maybe this was a wrong choice but it dwells on a specific vessel rather that a general building informative book.
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