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  1. The Ketch-rigged Sloop Speedwell of 1752 Volume II, Hull Details and Rigging by Greg Herbert and David Antscherl Distributed by: Sea Watch Books, LLC, Florence, Oregon 8 1/2” x 11”, hardcover, 184 pages, bibliography, index ISBN 978-1-7320162-5-5 It is appropriate that, with Bob Friedman’s impending retirement, the final book being published by Sea Watch Books, LLC should be authored by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert. These three gentlemen have teamed up to produce some benchmark references for our hobby. Among the most noteworthy are the classic S
  2. Modeling The Extreme Clipper Young America 1853 Volume 3: Masting and Rigging By Edward J. Tosti Distributed by: SeaWatchBooks LLC, 2019 9“ x 12”, hardcover, dust jacket, 256 pages Illustrations, drawings, CD, bibliography, index ISBN 978-1-7320162-4-8 www.seawatchbooks.com, seawatchbooks@gmail.com In an opening Forward, SeaWatchBooks, LLC Publisher, Bob Friedman, offers some thoughts on this remarkable book and series: “This is the third and final volume on building the clipper, Young America, 1853. Ed Tosti’s
  3. The Purpose-Built Confederate Blockade Runner HOPE, 1864 Text and Plans by Vincent McCullough Text and Model by Gilbert (Gib) McArdle Distributed by: SeaWatch Books, LLC, 2019 8 1/2” x 11” format, hardcover with jacket, 128 pages, 8 page color section, bibliography, 10 sheets of detailed plans CD w/printable templates ISBN 978-1-7320162-3-1 This latest offering from Seawatch Books, authored by Vincent McCullough and Gilbert (Gib) McArdle, starts out with a brief, yet concise, comparison of the North and South i
  4. ● Swan Class Sloops Plans Set ● By David Antscherl & Greg Herbert SeaWatchBooks LLC, Florence, Oregon, 2019 A Portfolio of 7 Plans, $60 + S&H Without a doubt, one of the finest references on Eighteenth Century men of war is the four-volume set, The Fully Framed Model, HMN Swan Class Sloops, 1767—1780, by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert. This benchmark series was supplemented by a set of plans marketed by Antscherl and Herbert that assisted the model maker who wished to build a fully framed model. Originally created by Mr. Antscherl, they were us
  5. The Ketch-rigged Sloop Speedwell of 1752 Volume I, The Hull by Greg Herbert and David Antscherl Distributed by: SeaWatch Books, LLC, Florence, Oregon 8 1/2” x 11”, hardcover, 238 pages, bibliography, index ISBN 978-1-7320162-1-7 No doubt, when modelers realized that SeaWatch Books’ latest offering, The Ketch-rigged Sloop Speedwell of 1752, would be authored by Greg Herbert and David Antscherl, the level of anticipation ramped up considerably. The last time these two gentlemen teamed up, the net result was the benchmark Swan series The Fully Framed
  6. The Rogers Collection of Dockyard Models At the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Volume II Third Rates by Grant H. Walker Distributed by: Sea Watch Books, LLC, Florence, Oregon 10” x 11.75”, Hardcover, 299 pages, index ISBN 978-1-7320162-2-4 One of the most anticipated books to be offered by Sea Watch Books has finally arrived. Grant H. Walker’s 2nd volume of The Rogers Collection of Dockyard Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, which focuses on the third rates in the collection was well worth the wait. With over 800 colored p
  7. Chris: I'm sorry, but I'm not Bob Friedman. I just happen to have the same initials. BobF
  8. The Hayling Hoy of 1759 -1760 by David Antscherl Distributed by: Sea Watch Books, LLC, Florence, Oregon 8 1/2” x 11”, hardcover, 200 pages, bibliography, index ISBN 978-1-7320162-0-0 On the dust jacket of David Antscherl’s latest book, “The Hayling Hoy of 1759—1760” it states “A first fully-framed building project.” Indeed, the author certainly delivers on that statement. In his opening remarks Antscherl reinforces this claim by declaring that the book is intended to introduce the ambitious model-maker to building a fully framed model while avoiding s
  9. Hello all, I wrote this review for my club's monthly newsletter, and I thought it might be of interest to some of you. BobF A Generic East Coast, Late 19th Century Oyster Sharpie Circa: 1880 — 1890 An Introduction to “Scratch Building” Monograph & Models by Bill Strachan Plans by Al Saubermann Distributed by: The Nautical Research Guild www.thenrg.org/, info@thenauticalresearchguild.org This monograph and plans is the second such offering by the Nautical Research Guild. You may recall that the first was th
  10. Modeling The Extreme Clipper Young America 1853 Volume 2: Deck Facilities & Pre-Rigging By Edward J. Tosti Florence, Oregon: SeaWatchBooks LLC, 2017 9“ x 12”, hardcover, xvi + 224 pages Illustrations, drawings, CD, bibliography, index ISBN 978-0-9904041-9-4 www.seawatchbooks.com, seawatchbooks@gmail.com In his opening remarks, Edward Tosti explains why he opted to include an additional volume into what originally was intended to be a two-volume treatise on modeling the extreme clipper, YoungAmerica 1853. You may
  11. Well, except for the nameplate, it's finished. This little model took me a lot longer to build than I thought it would. (I think my friends feel the same way!) Nevertheless, I learned quite a few new techniques, which, I hope, made me a better modeler. BobF
  12. I came across some photos of a contemporary model that had the oars mounted on racks on the port and starboard sides of the hull. This appealed to me, so I thought I'd give it a try. Made out of brass flat stock and wire, the assemblies were soldered together with Stay-Brite Solder. My version is not as ornate, but I really didn't want them to be. Here are a few photos showing four oars temporarily in position. These will probably be the last pieces I mount permanently. BobF
  13. Steve: Here are a few photos of where I currently am with the model. Nothing, at this point, is permanently tied down. I decided to leave the backstay pendents until last since they would interfere with belaying other lines. Quite a mess, huh? It looks like the deadeye claw method is working out well. The deadeyes appear to be pretty even. Per your request, here is a closeup of the upper part of the mast. I hope you find it useful. BobF
  14. Steve: Thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately, after I took those photos, I took the mast down. I had some inboard touch-up work to do, and it was in the way. I'll be happy to post some photos of the upper mast when I re-step it, which will be soon. What is it that you want to specifically see? BobF
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