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ShipCraft 31: British Light Cruisers (Paperback)

Leander, Amphion and Arethusa Classes

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By Les Brown
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781399030564
Published: 2nd June 2023


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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 is the first of two volumes covering Royal Navy 6-inch cruisers of the 1930s and later, this one devoted to three related designs armed with twin mountings. This group includes some of the most celebrated ships of the Second World War, like Ajax, Achilles, Penelope and the Australian Sydney. The next volume will feature the later classes armed with the triple 6-inch mounting – the ‘Towns’, ‘Colonies’ and their derivatives.

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 famous cruisers.

With its unparalleled level of visual information, including line drawings and photographs, and covering paint schemes, this volume is the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these charismatic ships.

Ships Monthly - October 2023

Overall, this is an excellent publication that offers value in two ways. It is, of course, a unique guide for anyone who might want to make a model of one of these cruisers but, in addition to that, it describes their development, armament, modification and success in operations. Taken with other ShipCraft titles it, therefore, form part of a good reference source for warships of the twentieth century. I thoroughly recommend it.

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Australian Naval Institute

Marvellous reference on this set of light cruisers, geared heavily towards the ship modeller, with plenty of inspiration to found in here which I am sure will tempt more to have a go at some of these. I continue to enjoy the ShipCraft series.

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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.

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