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The final book in the “famed” Swan series has been revised and expanded. Sixteen pages have been added to fully demonstrate David’s method of making and installing sails.  David follows the establishment specifications for an English Sixth Rate Sloop and takes you through the construction of masts and spars.  Next he provides instruction on installing standing and running rigging and construction of a full suit of sails.  A special color section and three sheets of rigging plans in a rear pocket completes this volume.

81/2" x 11"  214 pages, hundreds of B/W photos and drawings, color section, 3 sheets of plans

$65 plus shipping and handling

Also available: volume III in our Swan series; THE FULLY FRAMED MODEL, BUILDING THE SWAN CLASS SLOOP PEGASUS 1777 by Greg Herbert.

8 ½"x11" Hardcover with jacket, 230 pages, hundreds of photos, color section,

$65 + shipping and handling

The SWAN series has been collaboration between David Antscherl, who wrote volumes I and II, and Greg Herbert, who was David's student builder of HMS PEGASUS. Together they put together a practicum that became the basis for this series of books.

In this book, Greg photographed his step by step progress in building his model following David's instructions. He has presented the best of his photos, along with his written comments on each one and has arranged them to match the chapters in the first two books.

The finished model is shown in full color along with pictures of other SWAN class models in an appendix section. David has also added instruction pages on building a binnacle for the model and a hull planking diagram. The rest of the appendices feature copies of historical documents concerning other SWAN class ships.

Cathy and I believe that David Antscherl's two books on the British Swan Class Sloops of 1767-1780 are valuable additions to the ship modeler's library and work bench, and we will endeavor to keep them in print.

To that end, SeaWatchBooks announces reprints of Volume I and Volume II in slightly revised editions. The books will retail for $70 each plus shipping. Please see our ordering pages for Swan I and Swan II for details.

Volume IV is also available. This book will be on rigging a ship-rigged sloop of the same period as the Swan Class. If you are working on a Swan Class model now, we would suggest that you visit David's and Greg's web site, www.admiraltymodels.com. They are developing sets of photo-etched brass parts and other items that you might want to incorporate into your build.