This is an extract from the Bibliography of Model Yachting that I wrote with Paul Croxson in 2000 it relates to what I then took to be a small magazine run by a model yacht club.
246 Tribord Amures; pour le Propagation de l'Idée Maritime par la Construction de Modèles de Bateaux (edited by Gussy JAMBIERS): Brussels, MYC de Bruxelles, monthly from January 1945.
Recently I was trawling the ABEbooks site under the keyword ‘model yachting’, (incidentally a practice I recommend, as cheap reprints of old and expensive books on model yachting are becoming increasingly common) and discovered a bookseller in France offering the first two monthly issues from January and February 1945. For the vast expense of 12 Euros, including postage, I acquired them and discovered something rather different.
The magazine contains other interesting snippets, for instance that the Brussels club covered all forms of marine modelling and had several hundred members and, in the second issue, an advertisement for a specialist marine model shop l’Hélice Maritime in Liège .
Herbert Fisher: How to Build a Model Yacht
The Curved Air Press has produced another reprint of an early 'how to do it' book. This one is the earliest known US title on model yachting and dates originally from the 1890s. More important than the text itself, fascinating though that is, Russell Potts has written a substantial commentary putting the book into the context of what we know about model yachting in the New York area at the turn of the 20th century and taking the opportunity to discuss the design problems faced my model yachtsmen of the period and the rather different solutions attempted in Britain and in the US. Many lines plans and contemporary photographs, Herbert Fisher: How to Build a Model Yacht, with a new Introduction and Commentary by Russell Potts. London ,
The Curved Air Press 2006. ISBN: 1 873148 22 4. A5, Perfect bound paperback, 122 pages. Colour cover. Many line and half tone illustrations.Price £12.00 plus 75p. P&P in the UK Order from The Curved Air Press, 8 Sherard Road , London SE9 6EP . Make cheques payable to R R Potts. Sorry no credit cards
Also available from Earl Boebert, 9219 Flushing Meadows NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111, USA. Price $20 post paid to US addresses. Make cheques payable to USVMYG, or make PayPal payment to email@example.com . Sorry no credit cards
Yacht Designs 1991 to 2002
Yacht Designs 1991 to 2002 - new John Lewis £20.00 available from Sailsetc
Following on from where A Manual of Yacht Designs left off this collection includes the authors recent designs. As well as 6M and A class designs there are also designs for the One Metre and AC Class at 1/12th scale. In addition there are designs for 1.5 Metre and 2 Metre yachts in classes not yet formalised. A4 portrait format, 117 pages, plastic ring binding.
Purchase the earlier book BK-31 A Manual of Yacht Designs and this one together for £35 and save on postage at the same time.
Earl Boebert has written a new book on Yankee III, a 36 in. LOA radio control model of the famous J Boat. The cover is shown here. A whole resource page for Yankee III, including a description of the book, how to get one, where to buy the materials to build the boat, and builder's comments and corrections can be found here on the USVMYG website.
Three years in the making, this book gives a short history of the celebrated J Boat Yankee, the 1935 36 inch long free-sailing model based on her, and an easy to build and sail radio control version. The modern model is made from structural foam covered with fibreglass, and was designed with the beginning builder in mind. 130 pages authored by Earl Boebert and illustrated with drawings by M de Lesseps.
Graham Bantock's review is here
A joint publication of the U S Vintage Model Yacht Group and the Curved
Air Press. $30.00 post-paid in the U S and Canada, checks or money orders
to U S Vintage Model Yacht Group.
PayPal information available from boebert[at]swcp.com
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United Kingdom, Commonwealth and European enquiries to: curvedairpress[at]aol.com
Copies supplied by Curved
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This brief bibliography concentrates on how to
do it material from the past. To get guidance on the style appropriate
to the age of the boat you are seeking to restore, get a copy of a book
from around that date. All the books offer guidance on construction techniques,
though there is wide variation in the quality of the writing and thus
their usefulness to a reader seeking help from them. See Ghillian and
Russell Potts Learning by the Book: the Problem of Writing
Except where noted, all are out of print. Some may be available through local libraries or inter-library loan. Second hand copies do turn up from time to time, at increasingly unattractive prices. Contact Russell Potts, who makes a habit of liberating copies from booksellers around the world for the benefit of vintage modellers.
For a full (not to say discursive) bibliography of model yachting, including the development of radio control and a treatment of the magazines that have covered the sport since 1854, see Russell Potts and Paul Croxson: A Bibliography of Model Yachting, (London, The Curved Air Press, 1999) £12.00, plus £1.50 P&P (review).
BLACK, John: Yachting with Models: New York
and London, McGraw Hill, (Whittlesey House),
BOWDEN, Claude Evelyn: Model Yacht Construction
& Sailing: the Principles of the Design,
DANIELS , William John & Herbert Boswell
TUCKER: Model Sailing Craft: London, Chapman
DANIELS, William John & Herbert Boswell
TUCKER: Build Yourself a Model Yacht: London,
DANIELS, William John & Herbert Boswell
TUCKER: Model Sailing Yachts: London, Percival
DARLING, Thomas: Miniature Racing Yachts and
How to Build Them: New York and London,
DRURY, Jack, et al: Jacks Guide to the
Restoration of Older Model Yachts, (London, The
FARLEY, Charles H, edited by William Earl BOEBERT,
Afterword by Rod CARR: Building
FISHER, Herbert et al: How to Build a Model
Yacht: New York, Rudder Publishing, 1902: 1917.
GRIFFIN, Roy: Model Racing Yacht Construction: Hemel Hempstead, MAP, 1973: 1979.
HOBBS, Edward Walter: Model Sailing Boats: Their
Design, Building and Sailing: London,
MARSHALL, Percival (ed): Model Sailing Yachts,
How to Build Rig and Sail Them: London,
NELLIST, Ralph: Ralphs Guide to Vintage
Sailmaking: Cotton Sails for Older Styles of Model
MOORE, Thomas: Build a Winning Model Yacht, (New York, Frederick A Stokes, 1928)
PRIEST, B Hamilton & John A LEWIS:
Model Racing Yachts. Their Architecture, Design,
SMEED, Victor Ernest: Model Yachting: Rickmansworth, Smeed 1977: 1984.
GROSVENOR, J duV: Model Yachts and Boats: London,
J Upcott Gill, 1882, 1905, 1910
Ebay is a wonderful resource. Not only can you find interesting old model boats, hidden among mountains of dreck and at prices that vary wildly around what I would regard as sensible, you can be transported back to your childhood.
Recently I dropped across a copy of what was probably the first grown up book I bought with my own money. It is How to Draw Sail and Sea by Michal Lezczynski. (The Studio, London and New York, 1944). He was a Polish artist who had started his life as a mariner. During the war he was in the UK running welfare organisations for Polish refugees. He was also skipper and part owner of Garlandstone, one of the last surviving trading schooners. Much of his book is taken up with drawings of this type of vessel, which he must have seen in his travels round the coast of Britain in his own ship. It opens with just about the simplest representation of a ship that you could imagine, something that makes a 10-year-old think that he too could be an artist.
In fact it's much more considered and artistic than I realised at the time and the later drawings are sophisticated and serious stuff.
But the reason for including a mention of this book in a site on model yachts and toy boats is his final page, in which he recommends study of your own ship as the best way to master the problems of drawing sailing craft.