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Merchant Ships in Miniature
Here is the link: {LINK}
You will only be able to view it if you are registered on Facebook.    At present, we have 684 members!  (15th July 2018)
Examples of what can be achieved after following the instructional downloads listed below, are now appearing on this Facebook page, and are quite impressive. 
Some of the links are enclosed in brackets {    } they are not underlined!   
 Wednesday, 17th October 2018
Latest download
Blackwall Frigates & Modeling Barque East African
Please click the link below, and scroll down a bit after it opens, to read the synopsis. Then, if you wisdh to purchase a download, a Paypal/Cards button is provided for £1.49
Sunday, 12th August, 2018 
New section added at the end of this website:   Why it is "collection only" from now on!
Thursday, 27th September, 2018

Latest download - How To Make A Miniature Vacuum Box

Please click this link:  and scroll down a bit after it opens, to read the synopsis.    Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button for £1.49 (Paypal or cards) is provided.   A download link is sent immediately on receipt of payment.     If printed out, this download will produce and A4 sized booklet of 20 pages, with 39 images, including sail and deck plans of the Denbigh Castle. (Owner: Robert Thomas - Liverpool).

Sicily (Sold)
Gulf Stream -  Severely damaged - not available!

Bellmore (Sold)
Julia (Sold)

 Shelterdeck Ship Models and Publishing: FREE download, available here:   {LINK}
Please note.   We do not participate in Linkedin!
Tuesday, 6th February, 2018
New download - A New Approach to Miniature Shipbuilding. 16 pages.    Click this link and scroll down to read synopsis: {LINK}    Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button is provided for Paypal or credit/debit cards.  
A comprehensive  30-page download is also available containing general arrangement and lines plans for the small passenger liner RMS St. Helena (1978 - 1990).    It is also well illustrated numerous views of the ship, and has been specially prepared with the ship model builder in mind.

RMS St Helena:

Download version of From Good Hope To St. Helena
{LINK} (£4.99)
The printed version sold out on Monday, 29th january, 2018!
All the model ships on this website were hand-built by myself, using any materials that came to hand.        They are NOT kits!     This type of model shipbuilding has virtually died out now, with most modellers preferring kits.       The models are built to small scales, usually 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384), or slightly largers scale for smaller ships.       Modellers will often state "I could never do that," and there the matter rests!     They are not, however, all that difficult when special modelling techniques are used.    For some time now, I have been putting these techniques into various downloads for prices that range from £1.49 for the shorter ones of 15 or so pages, up to £8 for the comprehensive ones that contain over 150 pages with hundreds of illustrations, and several "free" downloads thrown in, to allow you to decide if you like the style, or not.       The synopsis of these downloads may be viewed by clicking on the links supplied.   Then, if you wish to purchase any particular download, a Paypal button is available in the synopsis.    The system is fully automatic, and you will receive a download link the moment that payment is made.     The downside for most modellers is the fact that over 99% of my models are of merchant ships.     I find them rather more interesting and colourful than warships, but the techniques may be used for whatever type of vessel you may wish to build.      The download summary is given further down this website.   
Here are the Free downloads: 
{LINK} (Issue 1 of The Shelterdeck).

{LINK}  (A Deck Scoring Device). 
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Here are some examples of my work:
Isle of Jersey (Sold)
Preussen (Sold)

Armadale Castle (Sold)

Winchester Castle (Sold)
Loch Torridon (Sold)

Politician (Sold)
Amarna (Sold)
Flying Foam (Sold)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Payhip Downloads

Here is a list of our e-books and articles currently available at Payhip for automatic download on payment of the appropriate fee (Via Paypal).     Clicking the links does not commit you to purchase, but allows you to read the synopsis of each download.    When the page comes up, scroll down to read the synopsis).   Should you then wish to purchase, a Paypal button is provided.     On Paypal payment, a download link is sent automatically.     In the event of problems with a download, please contact us direct via:
sagamore @ 
(Remove spaces on either side of @.
I recommend that if you have any downloads, you back them up into a memory stick, or other external hard drives, so in the event of your PC hard disk failing, you still have them safe!
By having any of these downloads will not open the doors to a continual stream of SPAM.    I only "speak when spoken to" in this respect!

These are downloads containing historical and  miniature ship modelling hints and tips pertaining to the merchant navy.   Each issue is about 16 pages in length, and is well illustrated in both colour and black and white images.   Each issue contains at least one general arrangement (GA) plan of a merchant ship.   By clicking the links below, you are not committed to purchase, but if you scroll down when the link opens, you may read the synopsis of that particular issue.   Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button for £1.49 is provided, (apart from issue 1 that is Free of Charge!).    Immediately after payment, you will be sent a download link.    The system is fully automatic, and not dependent on me sending the downloads.     Any problems, please contact me, and I will sort it out.
Issues (The links for The Shelteredck are not underlined, but will work if clicked on!)
1  Includes GA plan of Thames  river tug SA Everard (Free of charge)
2  Plans Brigantine Mary Celeste, small passenger ship Calabar
3 Plans of cruising yacht Stella Polaris
4 Plans of cargo liner Memphis
5 Plans of Spanish tramp ship Arantza Mendi
6 Plans of Federal Line's Norfolk (Later NZSC Hauraki)
7 Plans of American cargo liner Flying Enterprise
8 Plans of troopship Dilwara
9 Plans of Blue Star liner Canberra Star
The new series (issues 1 to 3) have page numbers that run consecutively i.e. Issue 1 is pages 1-16, issue 2 is pages 17 to 32, and issue 3 is pages 33 to 48.     An updated index for all the second series is included in the latest issue.
1  Plans of MacBryanes ferry Lochnevis  Plans of Houlder Brothers Rippingham Grange and collier Mitcham
3 Plans of  Bank Line's Eskbank and a 400-foot turret ship.
4  Plans of Belgium sail training ship Mercator.

 Miniature Sailing Ship Construction (barque Svaerdstad)    {LINK)
 Steam & Motorship Construction (Glenmoor & Kenya)       {LINK}
 Scratch-building Merchant Sailing Ships - A Dying Art       {LINK}
 Miniature Shipbuilder 2015  (Comprehensive with plans)    LINK}
 A Miniature Model Build Log - (Fort Amherst)                     {LINK}
 An Introduction to Building Model Steamers (Dashwood)   {LINK}
Modelling Ketches and Small Schooners (With plans)          {LINK}
 Modelling the Steam Whaler Esquimaux                               {LINK}

German 5-Masted Full-rigged Ship Preussen                         {LINK} 

Modelling SS Braemar Castle, of 1898                                     {LINK} 
A Deck Scoring Device (Free of charge)                                 {LINK}  
The prices shown in the links are for buyers in the UK, 
or anywhere in the World except EEC. 
If the buyer is in an EEC country (not counting UK),  
VAT will be added at the current rate for that country!  
This is an EEC rule, that came into force on the 1st January, 2015! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

U Tube and other Links

Links to some of our U-Tube presentations:

{Building the SS Politician}
{Building the barque Caithness-Shire} 
{Building the passenger liner Kenya} 
{Some of my scratchbuilt models} 

Merchant Ships in Miniature
Here is the link: {LINK}
You will only be able to view it if you are registered on facebook.    At present, we have 365 members!  (4th February, 2018)).

RMS St Helena

 DOWNLOADS (The printed books are now sold out)
RMS St. Helena, South Atlantic Mailship (£4.99)
My experiences aboard the passenger liners St. Helena (I) and St. Helena (II) between the years 1979 to 1992. (154 pages, fully illustrated in colour and black & white.
RMS St. Helena in the Falkland Islands, 1982/83 (£4.99)
My experiences in the Falklands, 1982/83. 142 pages, fully illustrated in colour and black & white.
(We were a minesweeper support ship, and therefdore not involved in any active fighting - mine clearance, bomb disposal and wreck location only).

Ship Drawings

The plan drawings shown in this section, were all done by myself!
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Welsh topsail schooner Miss Morris
British wool clipper Peleus
British four-masted barque

Everard's short sea trader
Union-Castle Line passenger ship 

RMS St Helena, plans and download

RMS St. Helena Plans & photographs download: 
It contains profile, general arrangement deck plans and a lines plan for the hull.   Click this link, and scroll down a bit  to view synopsis {LINK}
Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button for £2.99 is provided!  
Thank you to all that have purchased this download so far - it was a pleasure to write, as it covers my favourite ship, in which I spent 11 years!
Contents of Download (Click image to enlarge)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Why it is now "Collection Only"

Because of a number of models being damaged by couriers over the years, and where, in most cases, the insurance has not felt inclined to pay out realistic amounts, we have decided that from now on, it is collection oly - location - Preston, Lancashire, UK.
Here are some examples:
Clan Drummond
Gulf Stream
Hawarden Castle
St Helena
I did not build the St. Helena model, but was given the task of repairing it after a courier damaged it in transit.
Tantallon Castle