William J. Romero Publications

HMY FUBBS

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The Practicum Approach

THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE FOR MODELING THE ROYAL YACHT FUBBS comprises 24 chapters and 650 pages.  Anyone wishing to purchase this book should check with the author at:  William J. Romero Publications, 4077 Fort Simmons Ave., Fort Denaud, Florida 33935 or send email to: wjromero@toast.net.   Also available is the 4 sheet set of plans drawn by Portia Takakjian, which can be purchased along with the book.   There is available only from the author a beautiful color photo set of 49 pictures on a CD which sells for $30 + $5 for domestic shipping.  Check with the author for International shipping.  

Unique to all the author's Practicums is the innovative method of executing the ship's carvings.  The author takes the approach of dual sided cutting of a pattern so that the resulting plug is already 3-dimensional.  So complete are the instructional text as well as documenting each cut in a photo essay that even a beginner will have surprisingly good results.  Since the plug is already 3-dimensional, the remaining carving process is devoted to eliminating the 'extra' arms or legs or even heads.  Gradually you are instructed to remove the excess wood and the rounding off of the various components.  What makes the carving process intimidating is the fact that once you remove the pattern or section of it, you still must visualize the pattern in the remaining wood plug.  The instructional text helps you to focus on the 'hidden' pattern by explaining which sectins of stock must be preserved for a future detail and which stock must be removed as excess.

The success in the carving process is the result of coordinating the text with your actual work progress.  If you can read, then you can carve.  And for those who have a disdain for reading, there is the photo essay which documents all cuts.  Most of the carving is accomplished using micro burs in the recommended Foredom flex-shaft rotor tool.  The practicum is so complete that even charts are displayed which lists all the necessary burs as well as the retail outlet for purchasing them.  

In looking at this final picture of the Fubbs, you readily realize that the complicated detailing demands a very detailed set of instructions which are systematic and sequential in a logical order.  You wouldn't want to adapt or deviate from the Practicum instructions for fear of obtaining unsatisfactory results.  The methods of construction in the Practicums have been 'people tested.'  If it is written, then you can do it!  The Royal Yacht Fubbs Practicum will bring you to new heights of ship construction and open you to the world of artistic expression, making it truly a worthwhile project.

These photos represent the author's Royal Yacht Fubbs and the subject of his second Practicum book.  This Practicum introduces the modeler into the single foot hook frame construction, using the choice of Portia Takakjian's clamping-jig method, or the construction board of Harold Hahn.  The modeler is introduced into the area of painting the hull frieze using acrylate colors, in addition to advanced ship model carving (in the Baroque style), gold leafing, authentic hatch and deck furnishings, stern lanterns utilizing the brass etching method, and the delicate wood working involved in the construction of the deck framing and deck breaks.