Recently, I was looking at some offerings from the Chinese kit manufacturer CAF Model. They are one of the few Chinese kit manufacturers that have worked their way off the piracy/do not buy list that’s maintained by the Nautical Research Guild and followed by many ship model clubs. What caught my attention, specifically, was a heavily engineered kit of a 1/48-scale cross-section of the bomb vessel HMS Granado.
HMS Granado is a popular subject, as there is a volume of the Anatomy of a Ship series of books dedicated to it. There are also two wooden ship model kits available, one by Caldercraft and one by Amati Model. For that matter, there is also a plank-on-frame kit in development by CAF Model, with the first two of three parts already available.
But, this all served to remind me that I actually have a set of detailed construction plans for a cross-section model of this ship that I bought, maybe as much as 10 years ago. These plans were developed way back in 2010 by Jeff Staudt for the website ModelShipBuilder.com. There was a nominal charge for the plans, which were mailed to me.
The plans are a detailed set of drawings on 64 sheets of tabloid-sized paper (11″ x 17″). They included all the necessary individual parts nicely detailed, as well as some diagrams showing how things went together. They originally came in a scale of 1/2″=1′, a.k.a. 1:24 scale, which makes for a very big model, something like 14″ across. I decided to make a 50% copy, so I also ended up with a 1/4″=1′ or 1:48-scale plans.
Now, I’ve compared these drawings with those in Peter Goodwin’s book, and it seems that these plans are slightly stylized in such a way that construction is simplified. Still, it appears that a beautiful model can be built from them by anyone interested in scratch building who also has the proper tools. Something that I would love to try one of these days.
Anyway, I checked to see if the plans were still available, and it turns out that not only are they still available, but you can get them in either 1/4″ scale or 1/2″ scale. What’s more, you can simply download them for free!