thanks greg ill prob take a couple days to read through some build threads and then probably order a set of plans. you are right i can draw up a plane blindfolded and even drew up and built the full scale B-24 bomber for the movie unbroken and the one in the virginia air and space museum as well as a full scale wright flyer for virgin atlantic commercial during the 100th anniversary of flight, but trying to find decent drawings just to start drawing up a nice set of ship plans from totally sux
Joe, I think I can give some clarity being from the aerospace side of things (aerospace engineer/pilot) who also made model planes in the past. Early ship plans and aircraft plans are chalk and cheese. One can build plane models from actual original engineering drawings. Now roll back in history to the 1700's. Ships were built from half models to start with.
Only later were plans even produced and often after the event as a record of the ship rather than an engineering drawing to build the ship from. The guys on the forum will know much more about exactly when this started to happen than I do.
So what you have is a situation where shipwrights built ships from a set of rules and conventions rather than directly from plans, these rules changing for different classes and nations. To go from this to a working drawing suitable to build a model is a long process.
To be fair there are plenty of rubbish plans for aircraft too, many drawn by enthusiasts who were certainly not trained as a draughtsman and this will always show up if converting to CAD, particularly if they did not understand the basics of producing a technical drawing such as projection. Now consider that one is bound to run into this with early ship plans considering what they are and how they came about.
Indeed, the available contemporary plans for a wooden ship are of widely varying detail. Early ships were built by eye and by rule. A viking ship, for example, was based on proportions along the length and breadth of the ship. No plans involved. Early plans were little better than sketches, with a greater focus on the adornments and less on the structural components. The development of the lines plans (I seem to recall that was during the late 17th early 18th centuries) was a major advancement, meant to complement the builder's model submitted for approval. These plans were not construction drawings, but rather to guide the workers in the mould loft in laying down the full size moulds. Into the 20th century, however, many vessels were built using solely the half models, not any plans.
It was not until fairly recently in wooden ship years that detailed construction drawings came into use. The model plans where detailed construction drawings such as individual frames, deck structures, mast & rigging diagrams and so on, are provided are modern attempts by an individual to provide the model builder with tools which the ship builder of old already knew - they didn't need to be shown the construction of a frame as it was either in the specifications or something they knew. Likewise the bevels on a frame were found in the mould loft and then transferred to the frames during construction.
All in all, perhaps the most detailed model builder plans for a POF model are those for the Swan class, Naiad and similar published by Seawatch books. Exceptional detail, including plans and books, detailed building descriptions, and wonderful photos of each step. There are others out there, and some are of like quality, but I haven't researched that enough to speak intelligently about other suppliers.
Good luck with the build!