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ShipCraft 26: Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars (Paperback)

Seaforth ShipCraft Modelling Seaforth: Modelling Vietnam

By Roger Branfill-Cook
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526749062
Published: 29th May 2020


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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, highlighting differences between 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 subjects, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery 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.

This volume is something of a departure for the series in covering a wide variety of the types, at first improvised and then purpose-built for the Brown Water conflict. Besides the well-known American involvement, the book also covers some of the craft used by the French in their earlier struggle with Vietnamese guerrillas.

With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – this book is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these unusual craft.

Modelers will find Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars an invaluable and attractive source of information. The reference page also makes this book a useful jumping off point for further exploration into books, websites, and model manufacturers. However, as someone studying America’s Vietnam War, I found this survey interesting and informative too, and Roger Branfill-Cook answered in passing many of the questions I had about this peculiar form of warfare.

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With its unparalleled level of visual information, paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs, this is the best reference for any modelmaker.

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About Roger Branfill-Cook

ROGER BRANFILL-COOK is a professional translator from French into English specialising in historical and military works, and a qualified battlefield guide. He has written numerous articles for specialist magazines and is both a novelist and an author of non-fiction books. He has recently helped create an English version of a major encyclopedia on FRENCH ARMOURED VEHICLES.

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