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ShipCraft 27 - British Sloops and Frigates of the Second World War (ePub)

WWII Seaforth ShipCraft Modelling

By Les Brown
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
File Size: 90.9 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781526793881
eBook Released: 13th May 2021


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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 covers the majority of British wartime escort classes, from the inter-war ASW and minesweeping sloops that culminated in the superb Black Swan class, to the wartime designs that were originally known as ‘twin-screw corvettes’ but were eventually classed as frigates – the ‘River’ class, and their derivatives of the ‘Loch/Bay’ classes that were modified for prefabricated construction. Also included are the American-built destroyer escorts which became RN ‘Captains’ class frigates and the earlier ex-US Coast Guard cutters that were listed as sloops.

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 any of these numerous escort types.

"...provides a useful reference to the many sloops and frigates in service during WWII, providing a broad overview rather than focusing on any particular class."

The Miniatures Page

With its high level of visual information such as paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs this book is probably one of the best references for any model maker setting out to build any of these valuable escorts.

Paul Ridgeway, Africa Ports & Ships, June 2022

"If I were to build a model of any of these ships, I would include this book in my selection of references."

Nautical Research Journal

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, particularly to those Model makers amongst you.

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Navy Net

"...an excellent book for both the enthusiast and the modeler and something that should find a place in your library."

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Essentially aimed at model makers, Len's history of sloops and frigates that were used in WW2, together with their designs and markings is also part of our military heritage. A beautiful piece of work.

Books Monthly

A great addition to the highly popular Ship Craft Series. This book reviews the British Sloops and Frigates that revolutionized convoy escort and anti-submarine warfare – Very Highly Recommended

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This is another terrific, inexpensive and handy book for anybody wishing to build models of these ships, and also for those who just want quick and easy to read reference book.

Nigel Denchfield, IPMS Battleship Group

As with the rest of this series, it is of course firmly aimed at interesting the modeller and this one hits the target spot on. Some lovely models included in the Showcase and plenty of ideas. The multi-colour camouflage schemes make for some attractive inspiration for naval modellers. One that has grabbed my interest in particular recently has been the Buckley class escort, thanks largely to it having featured in one of my favourite old films, 'The Enemy Below', with Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens. This latest ShipCraft title has certainly sparked my interest into these workhorses of the navy in WW2. Certainly recommended.

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Military Model Scene

"To the modeller with an interest in these classes of vessel and the construction of the kits and dioramas in sea conditions this volume comes highly recommended!"

Martin Willoughby, Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

About Les Brown

LES BROWN 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, including two on British destroyers, and, with John Lambert, he produced two larger works, one on ‘Flower’ class corvettes and another on Allied torpedo boats. He also wrote the volume on Black Swan Class Sloops in Seaforth’s ‘Original Builders’ Plans’ series.

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