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For all our readers who have been following the latest superb series published in these pages by William Mowll, this volume is evidently an essential follow up. The excellent series of articles he has contributed to our magazine over the past years have been much appreciated by many modelers for the very high level of craftsmanship he has achieved in building the subject ships and in bringing to the fore advanced techniques in many aspects of their construction...
...This a book that will be appreciated by scale modelers of any standard, and also by anyone interested in the warships of the later Victorian period. It is a must for those of our readers who have enjoyed Will’s publications in our pages here.
Seaways' Ships in Scale, Summer 2018 – reviewed by Roger Marsh
As with the other volumes in the series, this book is compiled from the hand drawn and paintsaking annotated Identification albums of Richard Perkins, a keen Naval historian, well known in research circles for his exhaustive interwar collection of Royal Navy warship negatives and for founding the Naval Photographic Club. The albums were (unsurprisingly) conceived to aid the identification of vessels from sightings and photographs and Mr Perkins further aids this by identifying vessels as well as providing a superb overview of the changes in design philosophy that occurred in cruiser design at the admiralty in this time frame. A great reference resource again present in large format (VERY large in this case ) and very will printed presented and bound. Recommended!
Ship Modeller, Chris Meddings
This is a large scale Volume, about 25 x 20 cm and with some real weight. Over it's 180 pages the book covers a broad range of vessels from the Royal Navy in WWII, with everything from Capital Ships, to Auxiliary AA Ships. The Illustrations are drawn from original plans held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and as such are highly detailed. However, their size sometimes makes them of limited use. These were very large scale plans when drawn and the original drawing would have been considerably larger and thus the detail is rather small. This coupled with the fact they have yellowed with age somewhat makes them perhaps not as useful to the scale modeller as they might be. For many of the ships, several drawings are provided, including deck sections and rigging diagrams on occasion. However we d note get a full suite of drawings for any given ship. Also we do not get many ships per section. For instance we get 4 Battleships (Nelson, King George V, Warspite, Renown), 6 Cruisers.. Read more
Ship Modeller, Chris Meddings
This is a fantastic publication! Well produced, well designed with good illustrations and cleverly edited. It is indeed a prime source of information about the navy of the Georgian era - often referred to as 'Nelson's Navy', which is a bit unfair given the tens of thousands who served during this time. We were blessed with a lot of remarkable naval officers. The Trafalgar Chronicle reaches out beyond Nelson and these pithy, well-researched articles are both informative and enjoyable to read. In fact some feature brand new material and insights and one can see why it is already the publication of choice for new research about the Royal Navy during the 18th and early nineteenth centuries. I particularly enjoyed the focus in this New Series issue on Britain's relationship with the United States - the history of this friendship, and occasional conflict! between the US Navy and the Royal Navy is important to our understanding of the so-called special-relationship. This is not just another history.. Read more