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Old Jan 14, 2011, 07:13 PM
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Most expensive scale model boat book?

I thought I had really gone over the top when I invested like $40 in a book on model warships.

But I was approached today, due to an article on my blog, about an available copy of the HAMMS book. That's the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey of the 1930's, sponsored by the Smithsonian and led by the famous Howard Chapelle. All the plans that were created from this project are available through the Smithsonian... but in 1938, a multi-volume book was printed which contained selected plans from the HAMMS collection... 7 volumes, I assume in very large format, as the fellow with the set says the books and their packing crate weigh in at 120 pounds!

Anyway, it can be had for $1800. He says 6 volumes are still in their original wrappers, one was opened for inspection.

Contact me via PM if you're interested...


Edit: Oops, that's the 1983 printing, not 1938!


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Old Jan 14, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Says here it is 79 volumes!

http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/...0001~!140285!0

Sold a copy in 2009 for $3500!

http://www.unlikelyboatbuilder.com/2...osaur-dna.html
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 07:19 PM
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I thought $300+ for a Janes Fighting Ships was high, wow. Although expensive, for what your getting its reasonable. The shipping charges.....may be another thing.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 07:42 PM
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The 79 volumes is the original collection at the Smithsonian, I think...
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 11:04 PM
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The most expensive "book" I ever bought was an issue of Marine Modeling International, in 2001. It had a review of the MS Loyal Fleet Tender, which caught my fancy and got me to buy the kit. That was my entry into scale tugboats, not cheap, but loads-a-fun.
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Old Jan 15, 2011, 12:44 AM
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I have always wanted to get a up to date copy of Jane's Merchant ships, but those are generally several hundred dollars, even for old volumes.
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Old Jan 15, 2011, 03:33 AM
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from http://sites.google.com/site/shipwrightsfaq/smf-qhamms

refers to the original 1938 edition:
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<clip>...the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey-HAMMS, as it came to be known-now published in a limited edition of 300 sets by the Ayer Company. Each set is made up of seven unusual volumes, each book two feet long by one and one-half feet high. There are 330 foldout drawings that are three feet long. The seven books together weigh 109 pounds and must ship in a specially constructed wooden packing case. <clip>
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Old Jan 15, 2011, 11:34 AM
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I'm sure there is a well to do collector out there who will snatch this up.
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 09:39 AM
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I have a modest little library of hard and softcover books, some of which are rare and out-of-print, but nothing coming close to the price tag on that collection.

The costliest at the time was "Fast Fighting Boats" by Harald Fock, then priced at $43.00 in 1981---.
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 03:00 AM
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A little later in the 1980's, Kap, I bought a railroad book, "The Shay Locomotive" for around $ 200.00. It is a well illustrated, very limited edition, then very much in demand.
We really don't own these items; we are merely their temporary custodians until we pass them on to others who will hopefully appreciate them as much as we do.
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 08:24 AM
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We really don't own these items; we are merely their temporary custodians until we pass them on to others who will hopefully appreciate them as much as we do.
Yep, 'zactly!
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