Friday, March 04, 2016

Latest News, 26th November, 2016

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Donna Francisca (Sold)
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 Shelterdeck Ship Models and Publishing: FREE download, available here:   {LINK}
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Wednesday, 26th April, 2017
The Shelterdeck
I have now discontinued this monthly download because of a steady decline in interest!   Each issue took about seven hours to research and write, so it is no longer a viable download.    Many thanks to the very few who maintained interest to the end.    The sad fact is, that interest in the merchant navy is now at an all-time low.    All seven issues will remain available as downloads, and it "may" resume if interest revives! The demand for models, on the other hand, has increased greatly.      Hardly a week goes by without a number of collectors wanting to reserve the Imperial Star (See below), despite me requesting that no-one tries to stake a claim to it before it is finished.      I am also working on my next book covering the steady decline of the merchant navy between the early 1970s to the present day.    This has slowed down work on the Imperial Star.   The graph below shows the rapid decline in interest in  The Shelterdeck
The decline of The Shelterdeck over 7 issues
Tuesday, 4th April, 2017
As you can see above, I have now added three Utube presentations to this website, one a sailing ship, the other a steamship, and a selection of models.    The CD disks referred to in the videos have now been discontinued in disk form, but are available as downloads, the links of which are given further down this blog.      By clicking the links, you will be able to read the synopsis of each download.   Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button is provided. 
Imperial Star
Some more progress has been made, but things are moving very slowly, I am building in the morning, but working on my next book in the afternoons.   Nothing to do with ship models, but concerning the decline of the merchant navy between 1974 and 1992, from my personal point of view abooard Union-Castle passenger liners, Silver Line cross trades vessels, and finally aboard RMS St. Helena (I) and RMS St. Helena (II).     Provisional title, "From Good Hope to St. Helena, in the Merchant Navy"
Imperial Star 14th April, 2017
Imperial Star 14th April, 2017
  Saturday, 1st April, 2017
I have now updated the Free Download concerning the building of a miniature  of the barque East African.       I have added our full downlaod cataloge to it.   All the links will work as long as you are connected to the internet.   To read the synopsis, please click this link and scroll down.    A downnload button is provided, with the notification, "This item is free!"
East African 32 feet to 1 inch

 Friday, 24th March, 2017

I am pleased to announce that  issue Nr. 7 of The Shelterdeck is now available as a download.  This issue is 16 pages in length, with 27 illustrations. Please click the image below, and scroll down to read the full synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button is provided for £1.49.
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The Shelterdeck (Index)
I have now completed an index for the first six issues.   It is three pages in length, and is avalable FREE OF CHARGE, via this link: {LINK} 
Thursday, 9th March, 2017.   
Current build:  
Imperial Star.
This link is to an image of the Imperial Star:

I again ask site visitors to refrain from indicating a desire to purchase it before it is completed.    When that happens with  models under construction, they begin to feel like private commissions.    I prefer to work at my own speed without any feelings of commitment.   
The Shelterdeck (Downloads)
(General maritime and shipmodelling articles and notes).

Links to all four issues, as follows:
The Shelterdeck, Issue 1.  (Free of charge).
The Shelterdeck, Issue 2.  (£1.49).

The Shelterdeck,  Issue 3., (£1.49). 
The Shelterdeck, Issue 4. (£1.49).
The Shelterdeck, Issue 5. (£1.49).
The Shelterdeck, Issue 6. (£1.49).
 By clicking the links, you are not committed to purchase, but may read the synopsis.   Then, if you wish to go ahead and purchase, a Paypal button is provided for £1.49.    When the front page opens, scroll down to read the synopsis.
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} (Building the barque East African).  
{LINK}  (A Deck Scoring Device).

Here are some examples of my work:
Errington Dunford (Sold)
Pass of Brander (Sold)

Arabia (Sold)

Arran Mail (Sold)
Marjory Glen (Sold)

Kenya (Sold)
Carmania (Sold)
Lochranza Castle (Sold)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Payhip Downloads

Here is a summery 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).   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 @ 
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The Shelterdeck Issue 1 (Free of charge)
The Shelterdeck, Issue 2

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

German 5-Masted Full-rigged Ship Preussen

Modelling SS Braemar Castle, of 1898
A Deck Scoring Device (Free of charge)
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 a new EEC rule, that came into force on the 1st January, 2015! 
The above link will take you to the website of Terry Smith.   Terry and I were shipmates in 1961, when we made a voyage to Australia and back in the old cargo liner Rhodesia Star.     Like myself, Terry has now ventured into the field of writing, his first novel being Sunshine, Sugi and Salt, an excellent and accurate portrayal of life in the Merchant Navy in the early 1960s.    He also produces attractive Merchant Navy lapel badges. Further details on his website.
SS Rhodesia Star (Not for sale - It was my first ship)

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.    Currently recruiting to this new group.   At present, we have 46 members!  (24th November, 2016)

The Shelterdeck

The Shelterdeck, Issue 1 (September 2016)

This is the first issue of a download of the digital publication The Shelterdeck.     It concerns the history of the merchant navy (all countries), in stories and ship models.     This first  issue contains my brief CV, an account of a storm at sea in the 1850s, a short history of the Ellerman's cargo liner City of Bombay, and a constructional article, complete with plans, for the diesel tug S. A. Everard.  

Whether this publication continues will really depend on its reception.     I do not need any feedback unless you wish to send  it, as I can gauge the popularity, or otherwise, by the number of downloads sent out.    You will not be bombarded by SPAM, by downloading this document.    I will reply to any communications, but will be following a "speak only when spoken to" policy.     The links contained in it will all work as long as you are connected to the internet. 
This download is Free of Charge  {LINK}
The Shelterdeck, Issue 2 (October 2016
The second issue contains, amongst other things, a  General Arrangement and sail plan of the brigantine Mary Celeste, and a General Arrangement plan of the Elder Dempster passenger ship Calabar.    Here are the links to the first two:
The Shelterdeck 1 (Free of charge)  {LINK}
The Shelterdeck 2 (£1.49)  {LINK}
Clicking the above links does not commit you to purchase, but allows you to read the full synopsis of each download.   If you then wish to go ahead and purchase, a Paypal button is provided in the download, but issue 1 is still free of charge.    I have been advised that some people cannot see the Paypal button, or the synopsis.    After clicking the link, you initially see only the front page.   Scroll down with the mouse wheel to see the synopsis and Paypal button.

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.

Vintage Radio Construction Etc

Friday, 27th January, 2017
By clicking the links, you are not committed to purchase, but can read the synopsis of the download.    Should you then wish to go ahead and purchase, a Paypal button is provided.    The service is automatic, and the download link is sent as soon as the payment is received.

Building a 3-Valve TRF Receiver (£2.99)

Building a One Valve Radio Receiver (EF91 Valve) (£1.99)

How to Build a One Valve Radio Receiver (EF91 or 1T4 versions) (£1.99)