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

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By Roger Branfill-Cook
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
File Size: 9.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526749079
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.

Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars is a decent primer on these vessels and a good reference guide for those seeking to model the Indochina and Vietnam Wars. While the text may be relatively minimal, there is a good selection of images and profiles, especially of the early French conversion efforts often overlooked in the historiography. For modelers, the products section offers a good rundown of available kits paired with commentary on their availability and accuracy, augmented by the standalone and diorama builds of the Show-case.

The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord 31, No. 1 (Spring 2021)

"The beauty of this Ship Craft offering is the Modeler’s Showcase, a section dedicated to precise color photography depicting sixteen fine representative and inspirational dioramas, most by the author, Roger Branfill-Cook, plus several excellent products by Jack Carrico, and three other individual artists offering one diorama each."

The Naval Historical Foundation

"Perhaps most impressive are the dioramas of Jan Vererstraeten and Jack Carrico, with the former being a highly detailed Riverine Patrol Boat and Command and Communications Boat diorama, and the latter being multiple detailed pieces created using kits from Masterpiece Models. Unsurprisingly, Branfill-Cook includes many of his own creations in this section, offering good examples of kit conversions to represent French and South Vietnamese craft as well as a variety of American vessels."

The Northern Mariner

Ship Craft series books are always a visual treat and contain many rare or specially commissioned images. The primary target readership are modellers but these books contain many important images that simply do not appear in military histories. – Most Highly Recommended

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Magnificent. Masterpiece for our Library.

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Miniaturas JM

An unusual and different subject for the ShipCraft series, but a book that should ‘whet the appetite’ of modelers looking for something different.

International Plastic Modellers Society

An interesting selection of well finished models and a good survey of the various types of equipment used in the region over the years. Plenty of inspiration for modellers in here, and interesting for anyone wanting to find out more about the Riverine equipment used in Vietnam over the years.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The author is an avid modeller of these brown water navy vessels and his interest comes through the title to the reader.

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Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars is a book in the ShipCraft series published by Seaforth publishing. The author Roger Branfill-Cook has written this book as a guide to model makers. He provides clear and succinct descriptions of the various craft Used not only by American forces but those of the French and South Vietnamese Navy.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Another very interesting section is that of "Modelmakers Showcase", in which there are many models assembled by the author, a real authority in the field of boats that were used in the Vietnam War and the Indochina War.

What more can we say? Also in this case, a volume of the Ship Craft series is very useful for the model maker and the historian, even if in this case the attention is more focused on the model maker. The numerous and particular production of these boats, the result of design and modifications, finds an excellent book that puts order on this theme, providing the reader and the enthusiast with excellent ideas for creating beautiful original and modified models of boats (and amphibious vehicles!).

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On The Old Barbed Wire

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Scale Modelling Now

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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Beating Tsundoku

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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