Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Tennessee (BB-43) From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa in World War II

Published: November 18th, 2019     
USS Tennessee (BB-43) From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa in World War II
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: David Doyle Books

Launched on the last day in April, 1919, and commissioned just over three years later, on June 3, 1920, this sixth vessel to carry the name Tennessee was the name ship of her class (which included her sister, USS California) and the last US battleship to carry 14" guns. In this Naval edition of his extensive "Legends of Warfare" series, author David Doyle provides another extensively illustrated history of this famous warship. While each chapter - covering Construction; Launching, Fitting Out and Commissioning; To War (with subsequent descriptions of her collision with USS California and participation in the action in Surigao Straight); and The End of the Line - includes a brief introductory written description, the bulk of the written information comes as captions to the hundreds of photos (the vast majority in sharp black & white, with four color photos of her following decommissioning).

British Escort Carriers 1941-45

Published: November 17th, 2019     
British Escort Carriers 1941-45
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Escort Carriers under British Flag during World War 2. Still this book has a few paragraphs devoted to the first two Escort Carriers under Dutch Flag. They had (Dutch) Fleet Air Arm Flights detached to them, under operational control of the British, so I think they count as 'British'.

This book is relatively short at 48 pages but don't let the relatively small thickness of the book fool you. The book is packed with information. It clearly describes the need for air cover for convoys and how out of necessity many merchant ships were converted to operate as a 'proof of concept'. Once the value of the Escort Carrier was proven, the larger US industrial capacity provided the vast majority of the Escort Carriers under British Flag.

The book is broken down in the following sections.

The Battleship HMS Rodney, 1942

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
The Battleship HMS Rodney, 1942
Author: Carlo Cestra
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Kagero Publishing

Casemate Publishers, distributors for Kagero Publications, has added another title to their ongoing series of Super Drawings in 3D. This time they turn their attention to the classic British Battleship, HMS Rodney. If you are familiar with these titles, a ship is rendered in full color, 3D illustrations. Each of these super drawing books provide a short overview of the ship in question specifications and a summary of its operational history before plunging into the illustrations. Kagero also provides a black and white fold out plan of the HMS Rodney.

If you are not familiar with these publications, the illustrations cover the features of a ship from stem to stern. They focus on the bits and pieces that are normally found scattered on the deck of a warship. As in previous titles, the illustrations are well rendered and provide the kind of details that a ship modeler will appreciate. The illustrations only provide external details; they do not go between decks or in the superstructure. The illustrations concentrate of the Rodney's configuration in 1942.

South American Battleships 1908-59

Published: August 12th, 2019     
South American Battleships 1908-59
Author: Mark Ladas, Johnny Shumate, and Julian Baker
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author and illustrators, Mark Ladas holds a degree in Naval architecture and has written a few naval publications for osprey, he is an avid ship modeler and amateur historian. The illustrators Johnny Shumate and Julian baker both work as freelance illustrators and have both also been longtime contributors to osprey.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98

Published: August 3rd, 2019     
US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98
Author: Brian Lane Herder, Illustrated by Paul Wright, F. Rodriguez, and A. Gilliland
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the 1860s the US Navy led the world with the innovative, turreted ironclad USS Monitor - a vessel that gave rise to a series of warships whose name defined the class. However, within ten years of the end of the Civil War, the US Navy had become a mere ghost of its former size and power. Ships were decommissioned, sailors released from service, and the Secretary of the Navy was returning funds to the Treasury. By the 1880s, British built ironclad battleships of the Brazilian and Chilean navies caused panic within the halls of Congress and along the east and west coasts of the United States. Frustrated officers from the US Navy, along with insightful members of Congress and the Garfield administration determined that major changes were needed to prevent the US Navy from declining into irrelevance.

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