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    If it's got info that will help one model a historically appropriate ship, post it here! Links to ship plans, visual resources, and technically-oriented books particularly welcome.

    EDIT 5/19/2009 by MVG: Here are some additional resources for 3D ship modelling:

    3D modelling program: GMax by Autodesk (FREE!)

    3D modelling program: MilkShape 3D (FREE!)

    3D modelling program: Anim8or (FREE!)

    3D conversion utility: Deep Exploration (Not free, but very handy for viewing/converting models)

    3D conversion utility: Accutrans 3D (can save to Maya ASCII (.ma) -- almost free, USD$20 as of 5/5/2009)

    Also, check out the User Content Wiki!
    Last edited by Marion vanGhent; 05-19-2009, 04:44 PM. Reason: Additional resources added

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    Ship plans: Chapman Net -- an online edition of Fredrik Henrik af Chapman's Architectura Navalis Mercatoria, a shipbuilding treatise published in 1768. This is the mother lode. FREE!

    Ship plans: The Treasures of the Naval Base -- a fabulous repository of period ship plans and models, from the Danish National Archives, Royal Danish Museum, and Library of the Royal Danish Navy. Be forewarned, many entries have no images available, and the info is all in Danish, but the treasures found in sifting through it are well worth the effort!

    Ship plans: National Museum of American History -- catalogue and plans available from the Smithsonian.

    Ship plans: Ship Model Plans Anthology -- most of the ship plans pertinent to the Age of Sail are in "Folder 6." Some available for free!

    Visual resource: The Maritime Museum of Art, Greenwich -- hundreds of paintings relevant to ships in the age of sail.

    Visual resource: -- German site with a lot of ship and model building resources. Check out the "Fotos" section in particular.

    Informational resource: Sailing Warships a voluminous database of historic ship information, including many paintings.

    Book: Lavery, Brian. The Ship of the Line, Vol. I: The Development of the Battlefleet, 1650-1850. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1983-2003; ISBN 0 85177 252 8. Concise yet comprehensive description of the Navy's evolution in England, including both technological and organisational changes during the 200 years covered.

    Book: Lavery, Brian. The Ship of the Line, Vol. II: Design, Construction and fittings. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1984-2003; ISBN 0 85177 287 0. Detailed description of ship design and construction and how these evolved between 1580 and 1850. Apparently out of print, hence difficult to find.

    Book: Chapelle, Howard I. The History of American Sailing Ships. New York: Bonanza Books, 1982; ISBN 0-517-023326. Much information, including plans for some ships between 1710-1776. FLS's Large Schooner is based on the Chaleur found in this publication.

    Book: Anderson, R. C. The Rigging of Ships in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1994; ISBN 0-486-27960-X. Intended for model builders, but generally quite good at describing where and how modelling practice might differ from actuality.

    Edit 9/21/2007 -- The Steering Committee has started a running list of ship plans that can be considered "pre-approved" for the game. Keep an eye there for periodic updates!


    • #3
      Chapelle, The American Sailing Navy 1949, NY NY. 558 pages, 32 plans,155 figures. Has many of the same plans as the book listed in Marion's post above, but several are unique to this book. Starts with the Colonial period and goes until 1855. The first chapter also explans ship plans. Good to have and fairly cheap.

      Gardener,Robert Warships of the Napoleonic Era Chatham Publishing London. 1999 ISBN 1 86176 1171. 155 pages, with about one plan or drawing on each page. Taken from British Admiralty drawings of Royal Navy and captured ships it covers everything form 1st rates to chain boats used to tend moorings. Late for our period but a great deal of plans from England and others from all over Europe and America are included.

      Winfield, Rif, The 50 gun ship 1997 Chatham. Starts with a discussion of the development of early frigates in the 1650s and ends with the razee of 1813. Seperate chapters on Layout, manpower, Masting and rigging, fittings, armament, stores, costs and funding, aspects of service. These were some of the best parts of the book since they go into areas I have rarely read about. Also a complete set of plans for the Leopard of 1790, lots of van de Veldes drawings, pictures of admialty models and plans. Even considering the narrow subject I HIGHLY recommend this book.

      Harris, Daniel, F.H. Chapman the First Naval Architect1989 Naval Institute Press. Discusses the live work of the Swedish Naval Architect. Many plans and drawings, some that are not in Achitectura Navalis Meratoria, good companion to that site.

      Gardiner, Robert [editor], The Heyday of Sail Individual article by varios authers discuss the ships of England, the Netherlands, the Baltic, the Mediterranian, Inland craft(mostly dutch and german), Pleasure Craft, Trade and Seaman. Good work with lots of plans.


      • #4
        Barbary Raider

        Join Date: Apr 2004
        Location: Reno, NV
        Posts: 2,108

        Some nice WIPs of a real model ship being built
        Added courtesy Aruba:

        Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine.


        • #5
          The company that sells the book has a great web site which I have used several times just to see examples. Check the page for each book and it should have some pictures from the book itself. Some great examples

          Prices are very restrictive.


          • #6

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            I don't know if it's realy handy, but this site has some nice images, 360 degrees panorama's and good info. It's about the reproduction of Dutch vessels from the 17th century (which they build the way they think they build them 400 years ago!). Not the 18th century, but not much different , and very authentic .


            • #7
              Barbary Raider

              Join Date: Apr 2004
              Location: Reno, NV
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              Plan sites

              Edit by MvG: Note that while there's a lot of good stuff on these sites, not all of it is complete enough or of quite the right period for PotBS. Nor even in English! Great reference material all the same though.


              • #8
                Senior Resident

                Join Date: May 2004
                Location: North Carolina, USA
                Posts: 672

                Here is a link to a page with .3ds generic men is various positions... women too... these are good for reference....


                Scroll down to the section for MEN and or WOMEN.


                • #9
                  I forgot about this site, it has lots of rigging and mast information:


                  This one is about building wooden models but has lots of usefull information, it not so well organized to look around carefully



                  • #10
                    Bataviawerf has a virtual tour of the VOC EastIndiaman Batavia. It is broken down by rooms or decks and is a 360degree scrollable pic of that area of the ship. It's a great look at a period looking vessal even it's a little early for our ships.



                    • #11
                      Cpt. Wellington
                      Junior Member

                      Join Date: Oct 2005
                      Location: Saint Paul, MN
                      Posts: 29

                      Here's a really great resource on sailing that I found, I've clicked through a few things on this page already, but it seems to have a ton of info:



                      • #12
                        Super great site with lots of original and different .tiff plans online. It's in Swedish but you can use the second link here to translate.






                        • #13
                          Senior Resident

                          Join Date: Jul 2004
                          Location: Denmark
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                          Book: Enzyklopädie des Schiffsmodellbaus by Orazio Curti

                          Even if you can´t read german, this book simply have hand drawings of everything on a ship and has some excellent drawings in perspective of critial parts that makes it easier to understand exactly what those lines on your shipplans means.

                          Book: The Period Ship HANDBOOK 1, 2, 3 by Keith Julier

                          This is a book written by a modelbuilder about modelkits and is very usefull since some of the techniques can be applied for 3D building as well.


                          • #14

                            Join Date: Sep 2005
                            Posts: 54

                            Two interactive shows about shipbuilding from German Maritime Museum.
                            First the build of a 14th c. cog.
                            The Cog of Bremen (1380)

                            Second the build of a 18th c. escortship for the town of Hamburg.
                            Wapen von Hamburg
                            For chapter III. point 6. the text for english version is missed. The translation from german is as follows:
                            The piece gates were opened by ropes. Then the cannons were expenditure-run, i.e. brought in firing position. The crew had taken its positions, the ship was now combat clear. The ship fires a broadside. You see that not all cannons shoot at once. It concerns in this case a so-called rolling broadside, with which the pieces in fast consequence fire successively. That has the advantage that the first weapons are already again loaded and ready to fire, if the last their shots delivered. The ship had always combat-clear cannons.

                            Both together showing the differences in shipbuilding between 14th and 18th c. too.



                            • #15
                              just came across this site which is a list of nice links to other sites. The link to the Rogers Collection, Preble Hall at Annapolis is great. I haven't check the others yet still drooling at the pics from Annapolis


                              A great ship model site with photos of the models under construction. All in French