Half-Hull Modeling

16 reviews

Format: Print
Sale price$18.95


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Subtitled Step-by-step companion, from plans to finished model

Greg is a long-time instructor at our WoodenBoat School, and author of Building Small Boats, the "bible" on traditional carvel and lapstrake boatbuilding. 


 Table of Contents:

A Bit of History

Why Build a Model Today?

Tools of the Trade

Woods and Glues

Patterns and Templates

Milling Your Stock 

Cutting Out the Lifts

Gluing Up 

Cutting the Profile 

Shaping the Model

Stems and Keels 

A  Buttock Lift Model

Mahogany Decks, Boot Tops, and "Bottom Paint"

Rudders, Bowsprits, and Skegs, Oh My!


Thoughts on Backboards

Taking Lines from Half Models



 by Greg Rössel

softcover, 47 pp., 8-1/2 x 11"


Greg Rössel's directions for making half-hull models are clear and complete. Yet this how-to book is also an entertaining read.... Everyone can learn something from this good book.
---Mike O'Brien, author of Good Sailboat Designs and WoodenBoat magazine designs editor

I know of no better way of achieving fluency and familiarity with hull forms ... than by working back and forth between two dimensions and three using scale models. In this valuable book Greg Rössel takes us through the process in both directions.
--Paul Gartside, designer and author of Plans & Dreams Volume 1 and Volume 2


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Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Elliott Strizhak
Half Hull Modeling Made Understandable

Great book that’s given me all the learning tools and techniques to build wooden boat half hull models. The video series of Mastering Skills - Woodenboat, has been a plus in this area too and very glad to now, as a recent retiree, to have this as a hobby.

Russell Sheehan
Half hull GLORIANA model

Exciting. From the plans I have all the lift wood cut. It's great to see the shape materialize. Just imagine building the real boat. We'll see. You never know. Russ

Tom Ybarrola
Half-Hull Modeling

Have not completely read but looks great. Seems like without a lot of extra details it provides a step by step guide from layout thru finish.

Dean Kypke
Half-Hull Modeling

Great read. And I picked up a few new tips for my next efforts.

Robert Lockyer
Half-hull Modeling

Well explained technical book

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