I would highly recommend this book for anybody who is interested in it and especially for beginners.
however a word of warning… Although there are many different methods of planking, I thought that his method was rather lacking. I would recommend that the beginner study other books on planking such as Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders by Donald Dressel
also check out some of the videos on YouTube about planking there’s one by Modelers Central that’s pretty good… Also Modelers Central has a few pretty good sites for planking techniques as well.
I’ll post a link here in a bit.