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The 24-Gun Frigate Pandora (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – April 6, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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About the Author

John McKay is an architectural draughtsman by profession, and this training undoubtedly helped with the production of a series of techical drawings for three volumes in Conway's Anatomy of the Ship series; on the Victory, the Frigate Pandora and the armed transport Bounty. John lives near Vancouver, Canada.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press; Revised edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851778941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851778945
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I currently own eight books of the Anatomy of the Ship series and have looked at several others. John McKay's HMS Pandora is the best of the lot. The drawings are beautifully drawn and reproduced and the book is composed in a very intellegent manner. The same comments con be made for Mckay's The Armed Transport Bounty but the Bounty in a less interesting ship.

I found the HMS Pandora an interesting subject because much is known about her and she represents the most minimal ship that could be an at all effective frigate in her era.
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Of the seven books in the Anatomy of the Ship that I own I think the 24-Gun Frigate Pandora is the best. The drawings seem more complete and are of a higher quality than the draughts in the other books I have. Especially nice were the cross section drawings in 1/144 scale and the isometric drawings of the hull (no scale). A real plus for the model builder is the 8 pages of rigging schedule that give cable/rope dimensions along with the size and number of blocks/hearts/deadeyes etc. associated with them for both the standing and running rigging. Very nice! I only wish all of the books in this series were as well done as this one.
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I currently own 18 books in Conway's "Anatomy of the Ship" series, and the books by John McKay are among my favorites. I agree with the previous reviewers who stated this book is a must-have for ship modelers and maritime enthusiasts. The amount of detail is simply incredible: from the detailed plans of structural arrangements, cross-sections of the pumps and steering arrangements, to the eight-page "rigging schedule," this is one of the most "complete" studies of an 18th century warship I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the print quality of the 2010 edition (which I managed to acquire from a seller here) is all over the place. About 15% of the plans and drawings, including intricately detailed ones depicting rigging arrangements, are sloppily reproduced with excessive line thickness. A good chunk of the others are faded and washed out. It's a shame that the work of a draftsman of McKay's caliber has to be presented like this, but the same fate befalls many oft-reprinted naval references. What a shame.
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I read reviews by others and agree this is a great book to add to your library. I enjoy model shipbuilding and love very detailed books for reference. Book is full of detailed illustrations and some black & white photographs. No full color photos. As I said, great reference book for 24 gun frigate.
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In the AOTS series, "The 24 Gun Frigate Pandora" is a standout. Historical information gives a good feel for the ship and the times she operated in. For modelmakers, the drawings and hard historical information about fittings, masts,spars and paint schemes get you as close to one-stop shopping as it gets.

This volume has consistent and outstanding plan reproduction. Some of the volumes in the series feature lines that bleed into each other-especially in respect to the body plan where precise accuracy is the key ingredient to an accurate hull replica. "Pandora" does not dissappoint in this respect. All drawings are crisp, finely rendered and useful for the model maker.

I give it a double thumbs up, both hands, baby! Now go out and build a nice model.
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By Ecurie Cochon on September 23, 2013
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I have several books in this series and this one is as excellent as the others. I them very informative and of inestimable value when making ship models. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in this subject matter.
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