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Donna Francisca (Sold)
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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)