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Marjory Glen (Sold)
Tuscan Star (Sold)

Arran Mail (Sold)

East African (Sold)
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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 justover 200 members!  (7th November, 2017)
Examples of what can be achieved after following the instructional downloads listed below, are now appearing on this Facebook page, and are quite impressive. 
Links are enclosed in brackets {    } they are not underlined!  
 Shelterdeck Ship Models and Publishing: FREE download, available here:   {LINK}
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The Shelterdeck.   Issue 4, New Series,  is now available, here: {LINK}
Scroll down a bit after the link opens to read the synopsis.    Should you then wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button for £1.49 is provided.
This is a "bumper" issue of 20 pages (including the 1-page index to issues 1 - 4 of the New Series)    The plan feature for this issue is the Belgian sail training ship Mercator. Monday, 20th November, 2017
From Good Hope to St Helena 
The e-mail proofs arrived this morning, and I approved them.   Should have the books between 7 and 10 days from now! 
Friday, 17th November, 2017

From Good Hope to St Helena
Initially, I was on the points of abandoning producing this book in printed form, A4 format, because of the cost (hundreds of pounds).   But realised that having it printed in A5 format, 5.9 inches by  8.3 inches - (70%  of A4 size), the cost was halved.    Although the print is 30% smaller than the A4 version, it is still perfectly readable.    I sent the high resolution files to the printers this morning (17th November, 2017) via the internet.    They have just confirmed that the files  are OK, and I have paid in full for the initial print run of 36 copies.    I should have the proof copy via e-mail by Monday, and the printed books within seven to ten days after that.     I will be able to get more printed if necessary.   The download version is proving very popular, so I am confident of a satisfactory outcome.    
Monday, 13th November, 2017
I have been very busy for some months now, writing a book on my sea experiences from 1974 to late 1992.
I have finally completed the download version of "From Good Hope to St. Helena." (A story of the Merchant Navy). It is 202 pages, (including the two-page index) and has 324 images, mainly colour and black and white photographs, plus a lines and general arrangement plan of RMS St. Helena (I), with model shipbuilders in mind. Please click the link below, and scroll down to read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button is provided for £4.99. The file is about 89mb, and I have tested it on our average broadband link, and it takes approximately two minutes to download into the PC. It may then be copied, and transferred to a tablet. If printed, it will produce an A4-sized book. It includes service with Union-Castle, Silver Line and Curnow Shipping (St Helena Line).  
From Good Hope To St Helena
The Shelterdeck.   
New Series, Issue 3, 24th September, 2017.
I am pleased to announce that issue 3 of the new series is now available as a download.    Please click this link, and scroll down to view the synopsis and content:   {LINK}
Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button for £1.49 is provided. 
Instructional Downloads
A number of instructional downloads on how to build models such as these, are available via the automatic download system of Payhip.    The cost of these downloads range from free, to a maximum of £8. via Paypal.     The synopsis links are available in the relevant section of the site below.   By clicking the links, and scrolling down below the image, you are not comitted to purchase, but may read the synopsis of each.   Should you then wish to purchase, a Paypal button is provided.  You will NOT be bombarded with SPAM after receiving any download, as I tend to "speak only when spoken to in this respect!"     
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)