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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. 
Some of the links are enclosed in brackets {    } they are not underlined!  
Tuesday, 12th December, 2017.
The monthly issues of The Shelterdeck have now been discontinued, although all the ones published so far will remain available via the links below.    The reason for this, was the gradual trailing off of interest, each one having less downloads that the one before.   Issue four only had four downloads, whilst the latest, number five, had none at all in during the 48 hours that it was available.    The four persons who did download number four, will have seen the start of a comprehensive building log, complete with plans, of the topsail schooner Julia. This build will continue, but the whole write-up will appear  as a single download  after it is complete.      
 Shelterdeck Ship Models and Publishing: FREE download, available here:   {LINK}
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Tuesday, 4th December, 2017.   The first printed edition of From Good Hope to St Helena, was published yesterday, Monday the 4th December.  

A5 size book 8.3 inches by 5.8 inches and half inch thick. 
202 pages including 2-page photograph index.
324 illustrations in colour and black and white.  Including lines, profile and deck plans of the old RMS St. Helena (1978 - 1990).
This book essentially covers the latter half of my sea career from 1973 to late 1992, from my service aboard the RMMV Good Hope Castle, to two years in the cross trades in a bulk carrier, oil tanker and general cargo/log carrier of the Silver Line/Vlasov group, and ending with my final 13 years in Curnow Shipping/St Helena Lines in both the old and new St. Helena's.    Chapters 6 to 11 inclusive  are devoted almost exclusively to the old St. Helena (1978 - 1990).     Although the new (present) ship is included, I have not gone into it in any great depth, as I was only there for the first two years.   I will leave it to someone  else to write it up more completely.
The price, has been set at £12.99, and that includes postage to the UK only.   For anywhere else, please enquire.    This first print run was 40 copies.    Today, 5th Dec. only 26 remain available.  


Issue 4 of The Shelterdeck (New Series) is now currently available via this link:  After the link opens, please scroll down to read the synopsis.   Then , if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button is provided for £1.49.

Contents, Pages 49 to 67 :
Current build
Display case construction (comprehensive)
RMS Oceanic (1899) - Victualling
Carradale, four-masted barque - Salt beef
Plans feature - Belgium sail training ship Mercator, sail and deck plans
Merchant Navy Sunset - 1992 -2017 Article
The new series (issues 1 to 4) have page numbers that run consecutively i.e. Issue 1 is pages 1-16, issue 2 is pages 17 to 32,  issue 3 is pages 33 to 48 and issue 4 is ages 49 - 67     An updated index for this series is included in the latest issue.
1  Plans of MacBryanes ferry Lochnevis
2  Plans of Houlder Brothers Rippingham Grange and collier Mitcham
3 Plans of  Bank Line's Eskbank and a 400-foot turret ship.
4  (See above for content)
A comprehensive  30-page download is also available containing general arrangement and lines plans for the small passenger liner RMS St. Helena (1978 - 1990).    It is also well illustrated numerous views of the ship, and has been specially prepared with the ship model builder in mind.
RMS St Helena:

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.

From Good Hope to St Helena
Friday, 1st December, 2017
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.    For printed version - see above.
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)