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Ship Modeling Forum FAQ - Category - A Preparation

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How do you change the scale of plans?
What is a Practicum? *(firstmate)
What is a good beginner's model kit to start with?
What ship modeling books do you recommend?
There are many books on the market for ship/boat modelers to choose from and the list can be overwhelming.
After running a survey among the members of the Forum, we've come up with a "short" list of what the members feel are the cream of the crop of general ship modeling books.

These books are from the Category: Modeling Techniques and practices - General ship / boat modeling

The top five recommended books:
1 - Frank Mastini's: Ship Modeling Simplified
2 - Donald Dressel's: Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders
3 - Milton Roth's: Ship Modeling from Stem to Stern
4 - Harold A. Underhill's: Plank On Frame Models/Scale Masting & Rigging
5 - Charles G. Davis's: The Ship Model Builder's Assistant

Runner ups:
6 - Wolfram zu Mondfeld's: Historic Ship Models
7 - Charles G Davis's: The Built Up Ship Model
8 - Edwin B. Leaf's: Ship Modeling from Scratch
9 - Ron McCarthy's: Building Plank On Frame Ship Models
10 - Darcy Lever's: The Young Sea Officers Sheet Anchor

No one book has all the answers, but the above list of books is a good start for building up your modeling library. 
You can view more books here from the Forums' Book Directory

If you are looking for a book dealing with a more specific topic, you can Search Amazon Books, or write a post in the Forum.

You can also visit the Ship Modeling Forum's Amazon Store

Please Note: The Forum, in association with, is able to offer a discount on the majority of the book titles listed above and in our Books Directory.

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What is the difference between bread-and-butter, plank-on-bulkhead, and plank-on-frame construction? *(dinny cole)
What scale should I use? *(Navarone)
What woods are good to use with models? *(1stmatefrank)
What is the difference between beginners, intermediate, or advanced kits? *(wirewolf)
What is a good beginners book I could use to get going with? *(Randy)
Is CA a good glue to use? *(jemontgomery)
What is the difference between Navy Board, Dockyard and Admiralty? (Navarone)

Members can contribute to the FAQ. You can use the submittal form (Click here for submissions to the Ship Modeling FAQ) listed on the Forms for Members, or contact John (wirewolf) with the Category you would like to add to, along with the appropriate Question and related Answer.

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