ShipCraft 32: British Aircraft Carriers (Paperback)
Hermes, Ark Royal and the Illustrious Class
The ‘ShipCraft’ series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of popular 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.
The subject of this volume is the evolution of the Royal Navy’s fleet carriers as exemplified by those designed from the keel up for the role. Hermes was the world’s first purpose-built carrier, laid down in 1918, but she was followed by a series of conversions from other types and it was not until the mid-1930s that another was designed and built from scratch. This was the famous Ark Royal, a far larger and more capable ship, but destined to be a one-off as the Navy switched its focus to a ship capable of surviving in the most hostile environments. This requirement produced the radically different armoured carriers of the Illustrious class, arguably the toughest aviation ships of the Second World War.
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 challenging subjects.