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ShipCraft 33: British Light Cruisers 2 (Paperback)

Town, Colony and later classes

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By Les Brown
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 70 colour illustrations, 60 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399037532
Published: 7th March 2024

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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 second of two volumes covering Royal Navy 6-inch cruisers of the 1930s and later, this one devoted to the ‘second generation’ designs armed with triple mountings. The Southampton class marked a return to large cruisers, but the urgent requirement for numbers led to the smaller ‘Colonies’ from which all the later RN 6-inch cruisers were derivatives. These ships formed the backbone of British cruiser forces during 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 famous cruisers.

"I recommend it highly, both as a technical and illustrative description of the ships and as a source of information for would-be modellers."

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David Hobbs - Australian Naval Institute

Recommended for all ship modellers.

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Military Model Scene

"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.

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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