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Contact e-mail: sagamore @ (Remove spaces on either side of @)   

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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 over 2,000 members!  (20th October, 2019)
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, 13th November, 2019
I have now listed the Gulf Stream shipbuilding book on Ebay again via this link: {LINK} It is a UK only sale simply because of the high Ebay fees.   If anyone overseas wishes to purchase one, please contact me direct with your country location, and I will send a Paypal invoice for the book and postage.     
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 
I am pleased to announce that the book mentioned below, was published in printed form yesterday. 
Direct from us, please contact via sagamore  @ (Remove spaces on either side of @)     
Sunday, 20th October, 2019 
Site images etc updated today - 
The Gulf Stream download, detailed below, has proved so popular that it has been produced as a printed book! (SEE ABOVE)  It is A4 format with 102 pages, 25,600 words and 240 images, including deck and sail plans of the Gulf Stream.   It is coil bound so that it opens flat, or may even be turned inside out so it can be used as a reference whilst working on a model.   The main difference between the printed book and the download is that in the printed version, I have left off the sad story of the model being severely damaged by a courier.  It has since been repaired, as shown here:
"Gulf Stream" Repaired
Book cover
The initial print run was 46 copies -

6th November - There are only 23 copies left now!  
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019


British collier brig Sicily, 1809 - 1875

This is an instructional  download  on how to build a miniature collier brig to a scale of 25 feet to 1 inch (1:300).   It contains  4,917 words, plus plans of the vessel, with a total number of 51 illustrations, mainly colour photographs of the construction.   It is ideal for anyone wishing to make a start in miniature shipbuilding, and only needs a few simple hand tools, and a minimum amount of materials.   It may be read on computers or tablets etc, and if printed out, will make an A4 size document of 22 pages.

Please click the following link, and scroll down a bit if you wish to purchase a download.   A button for Paypal or Debit/Credit cards is provided for £1.49
Sunday, 14th July, 2019

I have been very busy for some time now, preparing a comprehensive download on how to build a model of the British barque Gulf Stream, at a scale of 25 feet to 1 inch.

I am pleased to announce that it is now all ready, and online.    Please click the link below, and scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis.    Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button is provided in the synopsis for  £4.99, Paypal or credit/debit cards. The document is 102 pages, with 25,893 words, and 247 images, plus plans of the Gulf Stream.

It is in PDF format (Suitable for Acrobat Reader) and may be viewed and printed on home computer systems, or transferred to tablets.    If printed. It will make an A4 size document.     I tested it myself, and the download takes about two minutes (about 85mb in size).    I also printed it out to ensure that everything was working OK.   {LINK}

Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream
A consolidated catalogue of all our downloads is now available.  Click this link to open.   {LINK}
Each synopis may be opened by clicking on the front page image.   Scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis of each download.  Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal/Cards button is provided for the amount shown on each one. 
The models shown below are not longer in our posession!

Errington Dunford


 Shelterdeck Ship Models and Publishing: FREE download, available here:   {LINK}
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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Donna Francisca
James A Wright
Marjory Glen
Framlington Court
Imperial Star
Tuscan Star
East African

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Payhip Downloads

All 38 of our downloads have now been consolidated into a single group for ease of viewing. Clicking this link  {LINK} will open the store, showing the front pages of 38 downloads. Most of these concern miniature ship model building and history, but with three on vintage radio construction included. Clicking any of the images, and will open them up.   Scroll down after it opens to read the contents synopsis of that particular download.    Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button is provided for either Paypal or cards. On payment being made, you will receive a download link. If for some reason a download does not go through, simply contact me, and I will send it direct via We Transfer.
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)