Top Navy, By Donald Hood - All and more
that you ever wanted to know about the iconic line of Eagle model ships is
provided in Eaglewall’s Table
Top Navy by Donald Hood. The volume is a pure delight.
Models from Kits, By David Griffith - How do you begin a book review? When it comes to Ship Models from Kits by David Griffith, I think
we can look at the question. "I wondered what you guys thought about this book." and the
subsequent answers to that question.
US Battleships 1941-1963, An
Illustrated Technical Reference, By Wayne Scarpaci - US
Battleships 1941-1963 An Illustrated Technical Reference by Wayne
Scarpaci provides a lot of information and an amazing amount of graphics in
134 pages. For me the color artwork alone makes it a valuable addition to my
USS North Carolina Technical Reference 1, By Randall S. Shoker
- USS North Carolina, Technical Reference 1 2nd Edition by Randall
S. Shoker, is an outstanding reference for the ship, which provides the
exact type of coverage essential to the modeler. All Showboaters should have
this volume in their library.
Camouflage of Ships at Sea, T.S.D. 1502/43 May 1943 - White
Ensign Models has just published an interesting booklet on Royal Navy
camouflage. It is a reproduction of "The Camouflage of Ships at
Sea", originally published by the Royal Navy Camouflage Section
in 1943. WEM reproduced the original but in a larger format.
Carolina Class Battleships, Classic Warship Pictorial 29 -
Classic Warship Pictorial 29, North Carolina Class Battleships,
presents an excellent source of photographs of both ships of the class.
Beautiful color plates and line drawings further enrich the volume. This
volume provides an inexpensive source for any modeler wishing to add further
detail to any model of North Carolina
Okretowe, Polish Ship Model Magazine Nr 1 - Modelarstwo
Okretowe is a fairly new Polish magazine devoted to ship models. The coverage includes commercially available models,
historical pieces, extensive CAD diagrams of ordnance, modeling tip articles and
of course ship model reviews. Each issue includes a bonus insert. Usually this
is a set of plans but at least one special issue came with a bonus card model of
a destroyer. That leads to another significant feature of this magazine. There
is an approximate even division between reviews of card models and reviews of
resin and plastic models.
Burke Class Destroyers, Warship Pictorial #24, By Kurt Greiner -
If you are building a model of an Arleigh Burke
destroyer or wish to add a superb reference on the class to your library,
then Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers published by Classic
Warship Publishing and written by Kurt Greiner is a
Class Battleships, Famous Warships Monographs 2, By Jaroslaw Palasek
If you like the design of the Colorado
class, and very few modelers don’t love this clipper bowed design, then the Colorado
Class Battleships, Famous Warships Monographs 2 is an almost
essential reference in your library. In one source you will have an English
language volume that has the design history, modifications and operational
history of each ship in the class.
Massachusetts, Technical Reference 2, by Randall S. Shoker -
Many of you may be familiar with the first technical reference written by Randall
S. Shoker on the USS North Carolina.
Oxford Museum Press has just published the second technical reference
by Mr. Shoker. This one is on the USS
Massachusetts of the South Dakota
Class. Through text, photographs, drawings and maps, this
title takes you through the operational history of the ship and looks at the
systems, superstructure and fittings of the Massachusetts.
An added bonus comes in the form of a full 1:350 scale plan and
River Ironclad 1861-65 by Angus Konstam, Osprey New Vanguard 56 -
The USS Monitor and her
successors grabbed the headlines for the Union during the American Civil War
but they were dilettantes compared to the true northern naval war winners,
the Union riverine ironclads of the Mississippi. Union River Ironclad
1861-65 written by Angus Konstam and illustrated by Tony Bryan
has been published by Osprey as volume 56 in their New Vanguard
series. In this volume is found gorgeous color plates commissioned
specifically for the title plus period photographs, engravings and
lithographs. Coverage is of all of Union river ironclads from the famous
Eads City Class to a series of
bizarre grotesqueries of the oddest appearance.
An Epic Tragedy, by Diana Preston - On May 7, 1915 the German
U-Boat U-20 sank the RMS
Lusitania off of the southern coast of Ireland. This was a
pivotal event in World War One because it definitely moved the United States
to a pro-allied position. The event also caused the German government to
stop its unrestricted submarine warfare campaign against Great Britain. When
the campaign was resumed, the United States entered the war. David LaPell
reviews the 532 page Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy written by Diana
German Light Cruiser 1939, Profile Morskie #58 - The Leipzig
was the third light cruiser design of the German Navy between the World
Wars. Although the design was better than the preceding K Class,
it still suffered hull weakness that would plague it in its career. Active
at the start of World War Two, her operational career was almost totally
curtailed after receiving two torpedoes in December 1939, which destroyed
her forward engine rooms. Profile Morskie #58 is on the light
cruiser Leipzig. With text in
English and Polish, with plenty of photographs and with 14 pages of detailed
line drawings, the title has almost everything the modeler will need to know
on this cruiser. The title also comes with three separate three-page
inserts. One is a full color plate of Leipzig
in 1:400 scale and the other two features four plates of profile,
plans and detail in 1:400 and 1:200 scale of Leipzig
in December 1939. Review by Steve Backer.
Class Battleships, Warships of the World #13 - The Polish
publishing company of Okrety Wojenne has published a volume on the Scharnhorst
Class in their Warships of the World (Okrety Swiata) series.
It is number 13 in the series and its Polish title is Niemieckie
pancerniki typu "SCHARNHORST", German Battleship Type
Scharnhorst. Written by Przemyslaw Federowicz, the title features a
wealth of information for the modeler on Scharnhorst
and Gneisenau. Review by Steve
Japanese Light Cruiser 1943, Profile Morskie #60 - The latest
title in the extensive line of warship monographs from Profile Morskie
is on the Japanese light cruiser Oyodo.
Displacing 11,433 tons full load, this large cruiser was lightly armed with
only six 6.1-inch guns. However she was not designed for surface action. She
was designed to be the flagship of a submarine squadron. The aft half of the
ship had a hangar and facilities for operating six floatplanes. These
floatplanes were to serve as reconnaissance for the submarines. Targets
would be found by the floatplanes and the submarines would be vectored to
intercept. However, the theory did not pan out in operations. Review by
Class Imperial Japanese Battleships, Gakken Pacific War Series #26 -
Gakken publishes an extensive line of books aimed at modelers on the
warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War Two. Each volume
features extensive drawings, photographs and charts. However, the major
feature is the inclusion of a great number of photographs of a very large
scale model of the subject. Text is Japanese. Tom Kristiansen
looks at one of these volumes, Ise Class
Battleships, volume 26 in the series.
AIR WAR IN ORIGINAL COLOR by Lawson & Tillman - This book
published by Motorbooks International was printed in 1996. With Carrier
Air War in Original Color the author's provide many color
photographs of the USN carriers at different points in the war. No question
about it, there are Blue Carriers. Carrier
Air War in Original Color is reviewed by Dave Miller.
Bag of Memories: Images, Poems, Thoughts & Crafts of the Small Ship
Sailors of World War II - Join the Donald Duck Navy.
The small vessels of the USN in World War Two were called the Donald
Duck Navy, a term for which those small vessel sailors took pride. William
J. Veigele wrote this book that captures the life and thoughts of the
enlisted men of the Patrol Craft (PC), Submarine Chasers (SC), Fleet
Minesweepers (AM), Yard Minesweepers (YMS), Motor Gunboats (PGM) and USCG
cutters of the Donald Duck Navy. Reviewed by Steve
Russian Battleships: Sevastopol Class - Started in 1909 the
four battleships of the Sevastopol Class
were to be the first step of Imperial Russia in making good the losses of
the Russo-Japanese War. Built for the Baltic Fleet, the class as a whole
fought in both world wars. This volume is the first of a series entitled Famous
Warships Monographs written in English from the Polish Publisher, Okrety
Wojenne. The volume is 88 pages in length and comes with three back
printed 1:400 scale plans and profiles, showing six designs in the
evolution of the class. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
Click here for a listing of books useful to modelers of 20th century Royal Navy ships
Click here for an American Civil War Naval bibliography
& Histoire Magazine, June 2002, Issue #12, reviewed by
Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the operations of the French
nuclear carrier Charles De Gaulle
in the Indian Ocean in "Operation Heracles".
Among other articles on WW2 topics is the first installment on the German
& Histoire Magazine, February 2003, Issue #16, reviewed by
Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the Scharnhorst
von Spee's armored cruisers from World War One. As usual topics cover a
wide range of naval history.
Krazowniki Liniowe Typu "REPULSE" (British Battle Cruiser Type
Repulse) - Written by Maciej S. Sobanski, this is the
12th volume in the Okrety Swiata/Warships of
the World series. The title has photographs, color plates
and two back-printed Plans and Profiles.
Krazowniki Ciezkie Typu "MYOKO"
(Japanese Heavy Cruiser Type Myoko) - This title from
Polish publisher, Wydawca, is written by Grzegorz Bukata. Although
written in Polish, the title has photos, drawings, color plates and five
separate 1:400 scale Plans & Profiles.
Classic Warships Book #17: IJN Myoko Class CAs John Sheridan reviews one of the latest books from Classic Warships Publishing
Classic Warships Book #21: KM Prinz Eugen Heavy Cruiser John Sheridan reviews one of the latest books from Classic Warships Publishing
WR Press Essex Class Aircraft Carriers of WWII John Sheridan reviews one of the latest books from WR Press
Modelist-Korabel - This 16 page journal is published quarterly in Tver, Russia. Each issue provides various scale plans for different subjects. Issues #7, #10, and #15 are examined.
Torpilleurs d'Escadre du Type Le Hardi, 1938-1943 - This
volume written by Charles Salou and printed by Lela
Press covers the design and history of Le
Hardi class French
destroyers, the most modern class of destroyers coming into service with
the Marine Nationale at the start of World War
2001-2002, Conway Maritime Press,
This issue celebrates the 25th anniversary of this classic publication. Edited by
Antony Preston. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
2000-2001, Conway Maritime Press,
This is the 24th annual issue of this classic publication. Edited by
Anthony Preston. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
Navi E Marinai Italiani nella Grande Guerra, Italian Ships and Navy during the Great War. Written by Erminio Bagnasco & Achille Rastelli. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
Navires & Histoire Magazine, February 2002, Issue #10, reviewed by Steve Backer. The focus, as with Issue #9, continues on the naval forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom. Many other articles are found on such diverse topics as the Yamatos, the Battle of Santiago and the birth of the Soviet Navy.
Navires & Histoire Magazine, December 2001, Issue #9, reviewed by Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the naval forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Navi E Marinai Italiani nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale Italian Ships and Navy in World War Two Written by Elio Ando & Erminio Bagnasco. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
Review of Les Cuirasses Dunkerque-Strasbourg, Richelieu, & Jean Bart by Steve Backer
Review of USS Enterprise CD ROM Photodisk by Rusty White
Warship Perspectives Royal Navy Camouflage Volume III 1943 by John Sheridan
Classic Warships Book #12 USN Benson / Gleaves Class DDs by John Sheridan
Classic Warships Book #14 USS Wichita CA-45 by John Sheridan
BARCOS RC, Spanish RC Modeling Magazine, by Steve Backer
Classic Warships Book #13 IJN Kongo Class BBs by John Sheridan
Warship Perspectives Royal Navy Camouflage Volume I 1939-1941 by John Sheridan
Warship Perspectives Royal Navy Camouflage Volume II 1942 by John Sheridan
USS North Carolina:
Technical Reference #1 by Randall Shoker
Bismarck: Technical Issues
Regia Marina: Italian Battleships of World War TwoCorvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy: 1939-1945 Profile Morskie #4: HMS Repulse Monografie Morskie #6: HMS Hood Miniature Merchant Ships -
A Guide to Waterline Ship Modelling in 1/1200 Scale