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ShipCraft 13: New Orleans Class Cruisers (Paperback)

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By Lester Abbey
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft
ISBN: 9781848320413
Published: 20th August 2009
Last Released: 14th December 2009



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The 'ShipCraft' series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeller through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring colour profiles and highly detailed line drawings and scale plans. The modelling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic survey of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references - books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The subject of this volume is the seven-ship New Orleans class, probably the US Navy's most hard-fought heavy cruisers of the War – three were sunk in action but others survived massive damage, and by 1945 three out of four of the navy's most decorated ships were of this class. Although designed within treaty limitations, they proved powerful and well-balanced ships, and their unparalleled fighting record makes them popular modelling subjects.

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STORIA militare, March 2020

This book is well written and the text is supported by good sharp photos and illustrations. If your interest is World War II warships or ship modelling, this book should be in your library.


George Richardson is to be congratulated on the quality of his plans and artwork... For anyone who has an interest in building, either from a kit or from a scratch, one of these good looking cruisers, this book would be an invaluable first avenue for reference. Lester Abbey writes with a great deal of knowledge regarding the detail differences of the seven ships in this class.

Derrick Hubbard, Eastbourne Model Powerboat Club

About Lester Abbey

Lester Abbey is a lifelong warship modeller and expert on the US Navy. An American citizen, he now runs a business in New Zealand.

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