The Floating Drydock
1/48 scale USS Admirable AM-136 Plans

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Floating Drydock has been around for many years. Tom Walkowiak has been producing a wide range of plans with the Warship Modeler in mind for years. The TFW series are plans that Tom has redrawn himself, they are based on official Government drawings with additional views that would be of interest to most modelers.
 This set  is of the USS Admirable, the class leader of a new Minesweeper that covered ships AM-136 to AM-313. The plans show her as built fit. There were many of these ships built during the war years and these plans represent the general layout of the bulk of them.  I found that these plans closely follow the USS Hazard AM-240 now in Freedom Park, in Omaha, Nebraska except for armament.
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The plan set contains three sheets with Elevation, Deck levels and Details. The first sheet shows the ship in a full hull side elevation.
The details of the ship are clear and sharp. You can even trace the rigging lines down to their connection points and see the way the lines are attached.

The second sheet includes the plan view of the main deck and other deck levels. Each level is separately drawn right up to the radar platform on the mast. The views are labeled and many items are annotated with leaders pointing them out.
The third sheet is a included the miscellaneous views. Hull lines are included for the ship that are clearly marked stations and other features noted. 
If some of the detail on the first sheet is obscured behind shields or other items, don't worry they are presented here in multiple views. Some items like the K-gun racks are shown in detailed perspective illustrations. Even such items as the helmet racks are drawn. Now that's a detail you don't see everyday!

Whether you are scratch building a 1/48 scale Admirable or detailing the Loose Cannon 1/700 kit, these plans will definitely allow you to go above and  beyond the typical detailing. Check the Floating Drydock's website for an extensive line of plans, building supplies, kits, and reference material for the ship modeler.  This is set #TFW-AM136/4  USS ADMIRABLE AM136 1943 1/48 for $30.00.