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|This 74 page softbound
book is a "must have" for modelers of Italian capital ships. It covers the
Littorio, Cavour and Duilio battleship classes with over 80 photos, informative text,
paint schemes, colour chips, and line drawings. Production values are exceptionally
high. The photos, many of which are from private collections, are stunning.
Italian capital ships are among the most graceful of warships and this book does them
justice. Page after page of stunning profile shots makes one want to run out and
build one of these beauties.
Modelers especially will appreciate the 11 pages of
camouflage schemes. Each one shows both port and starboard patterns and is keyed to
colour paint chips reproduced elsewhere in the book. There is a 3 page center spread with
colour line drawings of each class and the textual material is uniformly well written and
informative. Erminio Bagnasco, one of the co-authors, is a well known naval author
with some impressive titles to his credit. It shows in this book. It is head
and shoulders above the usual Squadron type publications.
Originally published in 1986 by Pictorial Histories Publishing, Bill Gruner of Pacific
Front tells me that it is once again available at $9.95. Both modelers and naval
enthusiasts will enjoy this one. I highly recommend it.
Italian Battleships after World War One
Design of the Littorio Class
Rebuilding the Cavour and Duilio Classes
Italian Battleships at War, 1940-43
The Armistice and the Period of Cobelligerency
Italian Battleships after World War Two
Italian Battleships Color and Camouflage Schemes
Appendix 1: Ships' data
Appendix 2: Activity of Italian Battleships June 10, 1940 though September 8, 1943
Appendix 3: Italian Battleships Ordnance 1939/1945
Appendix 4: Battle Damage Chart / Italian Battleships During World War Two