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How to Build Plastic Ship Models Paperback – June, 1980


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Pub Co (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890245525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890245521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
I've used this book as a basic guide to building and enhancing several fully-rigged plastic model ships, and it is excellent. Besides having outstanding closeup photographs of built-up ships, basic modeling techniques are illustrated in step-by-step fashion, culminating in a complete chapter covering the construction of a 1/96 scale model of the USS President (modified from the USS Constitution). I especially found useful the special tips on hull strengthening and rigging, which are quite different with plastic models
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Race on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a valuable and frequently used guide on my model ship workbench. Written with the novice plastic model shipbuilder in mind, Wilkins de-mystifies the process of building a kit containing hundreds of parts, with complex instructions for sails and rigging. The pictures clearly show that with patience and the tips contained in this book, one can build a museum-quality sailing ship model comparable with scratch-built wooden ones. His technique for weathering a ship's copper bottom is excellent; I used it to realistically weather Revell's 1/96 "USS United States". The section on building the "USS President" (sister ship to the "USS Constitution" is a good systematic approach to modifiying and completing a complex model kit. The illustrations are excellent. I hope to make it up to the museum in Wisconsin to see Wilkins' collection of model ships.
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Originally published over 30 years ago and still one of the best books if not the best on plastic ship models ever published.
Covers all aspects of building and rigging with many fine pictures and descriptions. This is a must have for plastic ship modelers!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Labiche on September 28, 2011
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this is a really good book very helpfull Im unable to put it down
wish I had brought it sooner what can I say
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