How to build a Model Ship Case

E-Book - Build Your Model Ship Case

The author started with a blank piece of paper, a fifty year old table and miter saw, and built the beautiful 52”x12”x 28”glass and wood display case pictured on the cover of the book . The case has a 1” wooden oak base and is the case actually constructed while writing this book, so you don’t get any theory - just real facts of how to do it yourself. The wood for the case cost $43.00 and will take about two weeks part time to build.


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Plastic and Acrylic Display Cases

Again the author has used real world examples of cases constructed while writing this book. The cases constructed are actually the ones displayed in the book. This book is a complete guide to mastering the art of building your own beautiful custom display cases using acrylic and plastic at a fraction of the cost of buying one. There are over 45 color photographs supplemented with narrative to help you understand the process and no filler material to make the book look ”bigger”.


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The Finest Model Ships & Kits Made 



BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc. is the oldest model ship and model boat company in the US (in continuous operation since 1905). Specializing in the design and manufacture of fine wooden model kits, custom built models, antique restorations/repairs, and model ship fittings. All work is performed by our talented Maine craftsmen, not outsourced. BlueJacket Shipcrafters offers wooden museum quality ship model kits, fully built models, half hull models, fittings, tools, supplies and books, and model ship repairs & restorations. We are proud that BlueJacket has such a fine reputation and is considered a prime resource by professional modelers, museums, and educational institutions, and has so many friends in the modeling community. BlueJacket sells: Entry level kits, Saiboat model kitsPower Vessel Models, and Radio Control Boat Kits.


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Resources for the Hobbyist

Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders


This is my favorite book when it comes to planking of a ship below the wale of the model. The author, Donald Dressel, has done an excellent job of explaining the most important part of ship building yet overlooked buy most model builders. Now you can have a complete explanation of several planking procedures for the first time. I am currently using his method for placing dowels in a correct run of planks. The ship is an up-graded wooden (plank on frame) kit of the Flying Fish.

Build A Ship in A Bottle


This book is the complete guide to the ancient mariners art of ship in a bottle building. This heavily illustrated e-book is loaded with color photographs and sketches and is available for immediate download as a PDF file. The author teaches model builders to understand the basis principles involved. After reading this book you should have a good understanding of how to design and rig both fore sails as well as fore and aft rigged vessels. You will the be able to apply the basic principles and techniques and build any type of sailing ship you may choose. A must for any ship model builders library.

Ship Modeling Simplified


Master model builder Frank Mastini has put in a book for beginners the methods he has developed over 30 years to help beginners take their first steps in the exciting pastime of model building. The author takes the reader from the mysteries of choosing a kit and setting up a workshop to deciphering the complicated instructions and on to painting, decorating and displaying finished models with patience and Clarity. This book is also highly recommended by this web site.

Build Your Own Dory


Learn to build your own dory using these easy-to-follow plans. They are the easiest rout to getting the wooden boat you’ve always wanted but were not sure you would ever own. We guarantee you can build a dory that will be the envy of everyone who sees it. And they will be amazed at your boat building skill. Get this e-book now for your library as it may not be available next summer.