Basics of Ship Modeling
The Illustrated Guide
By Mike Ashley
I get a lot of requests for books on ship modeling so here's one that I recommend frequently. This book is published by Kalmbach the publishers of Fine Scale Modeler, and is one of many in a series of how to books that they offer. If you have Mike's first book Building and Detailing Model Ships, then you may find that this one covers most of the same topics. But the subjects are all new and the Ship Gallery section features all new work by some great modelers.

In this book Mike Ashley shows us everything from the basic model construction to more advanced techniques. There are a number of illustrated steps that go through each process. 

The topics covered include:

  • Working with seams.
  • Fixing kit fit problems.
  • Improving kit parts.
  • Working with resin hull.
  • Detailing superstructures.
  • Working with photo etch.
  • Building photo etch assemblies.
  • Using real chain.
  • Drilling out gun barrels.
  • Detailing guns, torpedo tubes, and depth charges.
  • Detailing ship fittings.
  • Scratch building and detailing superstructure parts.
  • Improving masts.
  • Rigging and Flags
  • Masking, painting decaling, and weathering.
This book is not a step by step book on any one project, rather a collection of techniques that you can refer to that will help you build up your own skills. While geared to the new modelers there is enough in this book to benefit even some more advanced modelers.
This book is soft cover, 8-1/4" 10-3/4", with 112 pages, and has a retail price of $18.95

Building and Detailing Scale Model Ships by Mike Ashley
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