Tools and other jazz for Ship Modeling
by Josh Tyler Lee Vest
hi my name is josh, i am 13 years old and intrested in this hobby. i have yet to even start on my first model but i have acouple questions... my first is what would i use to cut out all of my parts with? and where would i buy the strips of wood for planking? i live in wasilla,Alaska and theres not many stores for that type of stuff? what would be the best overall glue for it? wht would be easy things to make with a pocket knife, i have become pretty good at carving things. and for the hull, i saw a video where a guy glued cuts of 2by4s together and cut and sanded them into the shape of the boat. then cut his framing from that? would that be the easiest way? I still am not really sure how to do the planking, ive been reading 3 or 4 books from the library and i still dont understand how to do it?
thanks it would help bunches!!
SMH RespondsThe 50 years of modeling experience betwen you and me has taught me one thing for certain about planking model ships " there are no easy ways if you want a quality result from your efforts. You will have to take the time to learn to measure, cut and shape your planks and the different methods that work for you."
Here are three books I have found more than useful:
~Ship Modeling Simplified, Frank Mastini
~Plank-on-Frame Models and Scale Masting by Harold Underhill
~Scale Masting and Rigging by Harold A. Underhill.
These three books are considered bibles of ship model construction and used by serious modelers everywhere. You'll find all three at Amazon
My hands down favorite wooden ship modeling resource is "Wooden Ship Modeling For Dummies", a website run by Hubert Sicard. This is
my secret stash for modeling "Chalk Talk" that every serious ship modeler
should have access to at their fingertips.
Instead of buying your first model, I'd recommend you make your fiat $50 invstment in Sicard's site. For instance, it addresses your first questions regarding tools and adhesives totally and in pictures, plus it gives you instructiuon regarding jigs, that alone is worth the $50.
I don't get a benefit one way or the other, but you will find "Wooden Ship Modelling for Dummies" paysfor itself.