That A.J. Fisher Sovereign of the Seas hull is a big piece of wood! I'm sure he'll enjoy the build. I have the A.J. Fisher plans as well as Chapelle's plans from the Smithsonian and then those in the book How to Make a Clipper Ship Model by E. Armitage McCann. Some of the info is a bit dated, but he might find something useful in these. Also, since the ship was one of the McKay clipper ships, Model Shipways' excellent Flying Fish instructions and plans should prove helpful on the small details in particular.
At minimum, I suggest your friend download the Flying Fish instructions from the Model Expo website as it's a free download and might prove useful.
P.S. Traditional American ship modeling is solid hull really. Sometimes, it's hard to get ship modelers to take them seriously because they don't have planks and frames and they aren't like the beautiful, historic admiralty models. But, they are beautiful in their own right and it is easier to get a truly accurate hull shape since the hull shape is what the solid hull is all about - no thoughts to framing, planking and such, just shape of the hull.
Edited by catopower, 17 March 2013 - 07:15 PM.
He's a -> "HE"
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