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Rigging Period Ship Models
Rigging Period Ship Models
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by: Todd Michalak [ TRM5150 ]

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Model Shipwrights


Recently this year, Seaforth Publishing and Pen and Sword Books, Ltd. released the third printing of Lennarth Petersson’s book on square rigged ships, Rigging Period Ship Models. Mr. Petersson is a renowned draughtsman, modeler and has spent many years researching the intricacies of square rigged ships. Rigging Period Ship Models is the follow-up volume to his earlier publication, Rigging - Fore and Aft Craft, which focused on 18th century British Naval Cutters, the French Luggers and the American Schooner.

Rigging Period Ship Models

By Lennarth Petersson

Published by Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword Books, Ltd.

Copyright © Lennarth Petersson 2000

Reprint 2014, 2016

ISBN 978-1-8432-102-1

SRP - £25.00 / $35.98 US

Rigging Period Ship Models is a hardcover, 119-page illustrated compilation showing, with intricate detail, the complexity of rigging by using a period model of the British frigate Melampus as a baseline to show the rigging. After extensive research, Mr. Petersson chose the Melampus 36-gun frigate model to gather information for this book due to its accuracy. His premise to writing this book was to collectively bring as much information about traditional style square rigging into one book to serve as a referencing benefit to modelers.


Front to back, this book is filled with detailed illustrations showing all of the rigging components used on a British frigate similar to the Melampus. These drawing are presented in both 2D line drawings as well as in isometric formatting. Throughout the book, a close-up profile illustration of each type of rigging used on the ship is provided along with inset drawing of the rigging’s location on the ship. Each of these beautifully detailed line drawings are labeled to allow the reader to know names of each of the components used.




It is sufficed to say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and Lennarth Petersson presents just that. Rigging Period Ship Models is a beautifully illustrated manuscript detailing of the entire rigging layout for what was seen on a British Frigates of the 18th and 19th centuries in this book. He shows us fifty-four of the major components that make up a complete rig to these ships, presenting them in an incredibly easy to understand format. This book is an amazing reference for any modeler regardless of skill level. Mr. Petersson set out to create a guide for model shipwrights which focuses solely on the rigging of these ships after realizing there was specific guides in print that show all aspects to how these ships were rigged; he did exactly what he set out to do! This is definitely a must-have for any modeler looking for information which illustrates period ship model rigging.


Link to my review of Lennarth Petersson's - Rigging - Fore and Aft Craft


Highs: Beautifully Illustrated, simple to understand and extremely comprehensive as it contains details on the complete rigging to period British Frigates.
Lows: None
Verdict: A must have for anyone looking for a one-stop reference about rigging period ships.
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  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978-1-8432-102-1
  Suggested Retail: £25.00 / $35.98 US
  Related Link: Pen and Sword Books Ltd.
  PUBLISHED: Jun 06, 2016

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About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...

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Just by looking at the photos in the review, this appears to be a very intense book - and can go a long way in explaining what and where all the rigging is about! It would be helpful, though, if this book gave some tips on how to scale down all that rigging...you could put some seizings on some of those backstays, but if the size of the model is small, doing all that intricate work would be difficult, as well as perhaps wasteful. I guess my next book will discuss how to scale down all this stuff!
JUN 21, 2016 - 12:59 PM
Thanks Timothy! I know the focus was showing the numerous rigs involved and the book hits the mark for detailing them all out better than most instructions...but I have to agree, a simple sizing chart might be a perfect addition to the book. Chuck Passaro, over at the Syren Ship Model Company,has a handy sizing chart right on the site you can download. Also a serving machine at a reasonable price that can handles serving any size rigging (planning on buying one of this real soon myself)
JUN 21, 2016 - 03:51 PM
After learning that I was building the USS Constitution, my daughter gave me this book as a gift to help with my building skills. It is indeed a well thought out and illustrated book to help one along in their modeling.
FEB 17, 2017 - 05:53 AM
Hi RO, Out of curiosity, who's the manufacturer of your Constitution, and what scale is it?
FEB 20, 2017 - 04:18 PM

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