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Period Ship ..... - Keith Julier & Technique Books Generally

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Would someone explain the difference between Keith Julier's the Period Ship Kit Builders Manual and the Period Ship Handbook

 

I am currently ordering some books among them Mastini and Peterson (it appears there is a consensus that these would be good buys) and was thinking of adding the above.

 

I am also considering Dressell but I am not sure if I am going over the top.

 

Any advice re beginners books or good ship building technique books in general would be appreciated

 

RICHMOND

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Hi Richmond. 

 

Keith Julier wrote about three volumes of the Period Ship Handbook. Each was a compilation of articles he wrote for Model Boat magazine (if memory serves - I haven’t access to my library just now). Each article describes how he built a popular kit. The Kit Builders Manual brings together the techniques he describes in the other books. 

 

I found all the books very useful as a beginner - in fact I was inspired to buy Panart's Royal Caroline after reading the chapter on the kit. I found Julier’s style very helpful for a novice, with plenty of photos (albeit in black and white) and clear descriptions of necessary steps and potential pitfalls. I also liked the fact that he suggests minor modifications you can make to enhance the build. For example, on the Caroline he shows how you can use the kit material to make the bilge pumps more authentic. This certainly whetted my appetite for further “kit bashing”!

 

In summary, I would certainly recommend the Kit Builders Manual as a good starting point. If you have a particular model or models in mind to build, let me know and I’ll check my copies of the other books to see if they feature. 

 

Derek

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