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Morning all,

As I'm new to ship building I was wondering if anyone out there can advise on a model magazine specific to model ship building, and have they found it useful ( it would be helpful if it's a publication I can get in Australia).

Cheers

Medic

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Medic

There used to be and maybe there still are one or two.  I have not seen any in many years that actually help building models the way this site does.  Even those that were out there cannot compare to the information you get at this site.    You will get more new information from this site in a day than you will find a year's worth of magazine articles.   The building logs alone give more tips on how to than a magazine.  AND, if you do not understand a particular item, you can ask and get answers very quickly.  

 

Allan

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allanyed has a good point but that said "Nautical Research Journal" of the Nautical Research Guild is a good place to start.  It covers both ship modeling and the history of ships.  There is a link to their homepage at the top of this page.  You might find "Ships in Scale" another good one to take a look at.

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Thanks guys,

I was at my local newsagents the other day and saw Model Railroader a monthly publication for train buffs, Fine Scale Models for the plastic kit Buffs, and even Figure International for the Miniature Buffs. All these publications also have some on-line medium, so I began to think what of those in this hobby that aren't IT Savvy? The closest I've come to is a publication called Marine Modelling International which is a fine publication but has a significant amount of remote control content not necessarily everyone's thing. Call me old fashion but I still like the idea reading print publications :D

So my question still remains is my search in vain, or am I to rely purely on reference books?

Cheers

Medic :huh:

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Hi medic

Here in dear old blighty we have a choice of two regular magazines , model boats and marine modeling. Unfortunately they don't really cover period ship modeling thatwell,you get the occasional article , but most stuff appears to be rc and semiscale stuff. Not sure how available they are down under. You could always try eBay and buy some back issues of model shipwright ( back in the day it was a quarterly publication) they seem to be readily available and are full of really informative articles.

Cheers.....mick

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I am old fashioned too, and prefer books to Kindal etc. However, the content to be found here is so much more comprehensive. You can spend hours checking out the content here. Nothing more dissapointing than to wait a month or more for a magazine to arrive only to find one or two relevent arcticles. Just my opinion.

 

Dave

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Something about holding that book or magazine; works for me. :)

 

That being said, some kit producers in other hobby fields now do their instructions on CD or ask you to download off their sites. The nicest aspect is the instruction pictures are in color. How many of us have tried to interpret a grey scale picture to get correct part placement. And the instructions can be spelled out, instead of some cryptic phrases. Closer to a practicum. And I can prop the tablet/laptop on the bench and work from it. B)

 

It's another tool in your tool kit.

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Medic, I have a few suggestions for you.  First, become a regular member of the Nautical Research Guild.  http://www.thenrg.org/join-the-nrg.php A subscription to The Nautical Research Journal is included as part of the membership.    The NRG also sells CDs of the Journal going back to Volume One. http://www.thenrg.org/the-nrg-store.php#!/The-Nautical-Research-Journal-On-CD/c/2719574/offset=0&sort=normal   Over the years there have not been many magazines devoted to our hobby.  Let's face it, there are at least 20 model railroaders for every one of us.  In the US, the only other ship modeling magazine not directed at the RC crowd is Ships in Scale.  But they have CD's of back issues available for purchase.  If I am not mistaken, they also sell CD's of Model Ship Builder which went out of business 10+ years ago but was a superb resource for our hobby.  Except for the RC ship modelers, ours' is a static hobby (no pun intended) so reading journal articles that are 10, 20 or even 50 years old is still relevant.

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I would like to bring this topic back to the front again to see if there are any good magazines to subscribe to. I am already getting the Nautical Research Journal but thought it would be nice to get another monthly publication that covers ship modelling.  Any new magazines being published or existing ones worth subscribing to?

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I guess that Ships in Scale would be my suggestion also. I have been getting their mag since 2000 and have been quite happy with it.  As a matter of fact I also decided to order the digital copies of the previous years and the digital copies of that Model Ship Builder mag that quit publishing awhile ago.  I only have a few copies of that one, but liked what I saw.

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I would say the NRJ if you like how to build and how I built mine articles.  If looking for historical research that actually examines the construction and so on, don't bother, you won't find it there.  At best, there is a cursory history of the subject vessel before the how I built mine, but nothing like there used to be back when folks like Chapelle and his peers were contributors. 

 

 

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I was wondering if there is a good nautical history magazine folks could recommend.

I do have to say I read the NRG article on the development of Long Tom cannons and thought it was really well done.

I do find this site and the build logs here better, and more informative, than any magazine I've seen, and the pictures here are better than some of those that are published.

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Probably the 2 best for historical research are Mariner's Mirror (Society for Nautical Research) and The Nirthern Mariner (Canadian Nautical Research Society).  While each has a tendency to highlight the home team, so to speak (SNR is from UK), they each cover a broad variety of topics. 

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On 4/1/2017 at 0:27 AM, trippwj said:

I would say the NRJ if you like how to build and how I built mine articles.  If looking for historical research that actually examines the construction and so on, don't bother, you won't find it there.  At best, there is a cursory history of the subject vessel before the how I built mine, but nothing like there used to be back when folks like Chapelle and his peers were contributors. 

 

 

Some what true recently but there are a lot of articles about the history of specific ships and ship building in back issues of the NRJ.

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If you can get your hands on Model Shipwright, now out of print you will find a treasure trove of incredible models and building. The publisher also released 4 annuals, Shipwright, in 2010 through 2013 which are equally rich. They too have ceased the annual publication. Try a query to Conway Press in the UK. They may be of help.

Joe

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