Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

The Forgotten War of the Royal Navy - Baltic Sea 1918-1920

Published: September 26th, 2018     
The Forgotten War of the Royal Navy - Baltic Sea 1918-1920
Author: Michal Glock
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: MMP Books

From its title, this book purports to be about the Royal Navy, but only a minority of the text is devoted to that service. There is no mention of it at all until page 34 (Out of 144 pages total, or roughly almost 25% of the way through the book), where the fate of some submarines sent to the Baltic in 1915 is covered in one paragraph. The Royal Navy then does not re-appear until page 46. While some Royal Navy ships, primarily light cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats and submarines, were involved in the fighting in this area during the post war period, the part they played was small, usually only involved a few ships and would only merit a footnote in most histories. One interesting aspect is that the HMS Vindictive, a cruiser converted with a "flying off deck" was deployed to the area and some RNAS aircraft, albeit flying from land bases, were used in bombing attacks against ships and shore targets. At the back of the book are line drawings of representative British and Russian/Estonian ships that were involved with brief descriptions of each type and there is a six-page chart listing all the non-British ships that were involved with technical specifications for each.

The Type XXI U-Boat

Published: September 24th, 2018     
The Type XXI U-Boat
Author: Dmitry Mironov and Daniel Pastwa
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero Publishing

Dmitry Mironov has authored several books for Kagero, including The Japanese Battleship Fuso (2017) and The Japanese Battleship Fuso (2017) in the Super Drawings in 3D series. Dmitry Mironov also authored Sd.Kfz. 171 Panzer V "Panther" Ausf. A/D/G in Kagero's Top Drawings series. You can find more of his artwork at https://www.artstation.com/dmitriy_81 .

Kagero's The Type XXI U-boat is the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 60 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with six pages of historical text followed by 54 pages of color 3D illustrations. I counted 76 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs.

USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship

Published: September 15th, 2018     
USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle has written over 100 books, mostly on military subjects, including a Squadron At Sea book about the North Carolina from 2011. This book is one of the Legends of Warfare - Naval series for Schiffer Publishing, a well-researched history and photo album of America's first "modern" battleship - USS North Carolina, BB-55. Since the North Carolina is a museum ship anchored off Wilmington, North Carolina, most of the book is a color photo tour of the ship inside and out. This book is an excellent resource for modelers of the North Carolina and of WWII US Navy common fittings.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: September 6th, 2018     
The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058
Author: Waldemar Goralski & Dariusz Miszczak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series, focusing on a single ship at a particular point in time (appearance). 16058 illustrates the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Maya in its final 1944 so-called Anti-Aircraft (AA) fit. Maya was one of the four Takao class heavy cruisers important to IJN naval efforts in WW2. Damage from a bomb hit from US carrier planes while at Rabaul in 1943 led to Maya becoming the first AA conversion of IJN five-turret heavy cruisers. The C turret (closest to the bridge) was replaced by two of the ubiquitous 127mm/40 Type 89 twin open antiaircraft mounts, along with additional 25mm mounts (triple and single) throughout the ship. Maya shipped six twin 127mm AA mounts instead of the usual four carried by larger Japanese heavy cruisers This gave Maya a unique and distinctive difference from her sister ships and other cruiser classes, and a favorite modeling subject. Maya was sunk by US submarines on the way to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November 1944 and did not get to utilize her recently enhanced AA capacity.

The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

Published: August 21st, 2018     
The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze
Author: Mariusz Motyka
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 single-warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series. Each book has roughly 80 pages (82 for Shimakaze), beginning with a short biography of the ship followed by a wealth of CG (computer-generated), three-dimensional, full-color drawings and a 1:200 scale B&W line drawing foldout of side/top views and details of fittings and close-ups on the obverse side.

These are reference works of the highest quality, detail and interest for modelers. All sorts of views, and close-ups of ship sections, and fittings (turrets, boats, torpedo tubes, masts, radars, etc.) are exquisitely illustrated in accurate color. Their detail is so well studied that this book listed the proposed names for the other ships in this class of destroyers that were never built. An experienced modeler will understand that universal fittings for each navy's warships are also found on other ships, so any book will serve as a guide for common fittings per each navy.