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ShipCraft 23: Rodney and Nelson (ePub)

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By Les Brown, Robert Brown
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
File Size: 97.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781848323711
Published: 20th May 2015


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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 sisterships 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 two ships covered in this volume were the only capital ships designed and built between the wars - a special concession of the Washington Treaty's ban on new battleships - and they were unlike anything before them, with the superstructure three-quarters aft and all main armament turrets forward of the bridge. During the war Nelson survived mine and torpedo damage, while Rodney played a major part in the destruction of the Bismarck, both surviving to be broken up post-war.

This book is aimed at the model maker but is still a good read. It contains a summary of design history and careers, full details of class variations and modifications, colour reference for paint schemes, gallery of photographs of outstanding models, critical review of available kits and a source of further information from books to websites.

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Simply the best reference for any model maker.

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About Les Brown

LES BROWN spent his working life at the specialist warship builder Vosper Thornycroft so is particularly well-equipped to write this book. In addition, he is a leading light in the Small Warships Group of the IPMS and the editor of their newsletter. He is the author of a number of titles in the ShipCraft series, and also wrote the volume on Black Swan Class Sloops in Seaforth’s ‘Original Builders’ Plans’ series.

About Robert Brown

ROBERT BROWN is a Canadian ship modeller, who has contributed three previous volumes in the ShipCraft series, the most recent being German Destroyers published in 2019. He is also the author of Battleship Warspite, the first in a new series based on original builder’s plans.

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