The Nautical Research Guild is a ship modeling society that dates back to the 1940s and today runs the world’s largest ship modeling forum, Model Ship World. The organization is the publisher of what I believe is the last ship modeling magazine in print, the Nautical Research Journal.
They recently revamped their website and it looks great. Very up to date, with improved navigation and organization. Check it out at https://thenrg.org.
If you don’t know about the NRG, but are interested in ship modeling, I strongly urge you to become a member. It’s not a requirement in order to be on the Model Ship World forum, but you’ll get the quarterly Journal subscription, and it’s a great organization to support. I highly recommend it. Just click the “Join” button in the upper right hand corner of their home page. Ω
Billing Boats kits instructions are pretty minimal, which can make them something of a challenge for those who’ve never built a wood ship model kit before. Apparently, some of the kits make reference to a Building Tips pamphlet, but I don’t know that it appears in every kit.
I only recently learned that you can download a copy of this guide. Now, it’s not really much more than another set of very simple, general hints, but it’s something. Here’s the link to the download: http://billingboats.com/images/stories/instructions/Modeling_Hints_EN.pdf
But, as a general helpful guide, I like to recommend the book Ship Modeling Simplified by Frank Mastini. It’s been around for a long time and it gives you some good guidelines to help the beginning shipmodeler. Plus, it gives you something interesting to read through when you get too frustrated doing the actual building!