ShipCraft 8: Fletcher Class Destroyers (Paperback)
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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 class, using scale plans to highlight differences between sisterships and changes in their appearance over their careers, then moves to an extensive photographic survey of either a high-quality model or a surviving example of the ship. Hints on building the model, and on modifying and improving the basic kit, are followed by a section on paint schemes and camouflage, featuring numerous colour profiles and highly-detailed line drawings. The strengths and weaknesses of available kits of the ships are reviewed, 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 Fletcher class, often considered the most successful of all American destroyers. Built to the first design that was freed from treaty restrictions, they came into service near the beginning of the Pacific War and fought with distinction through all the most ferocious of the campaigns against Japan. They were constructed in large numbers, with a number of variations, and their popularity is reflected by the wide range of available kits.
In short, this is, without a doubt, the essential reference source for any model maker setting out to build one of these famous warships.Model Boats, March 2018 – reviewed by John Deamer
All the notes you need for modelling and I'd suggest invaluable for anyone wanting to model a Fletcher Class vessel in whatever your chosen scale.Military Modelling
This is the eighth in the ShipCraft series which aims to provide modelers with all they need to know about a famous class of warship and associated model kits. The subject of this volume is the largest class of destroyers ever constructed, the US Navy's Fletcher Class. Including a summery of design history and careers, photographs and outstanding models and full details of class variations and modifications, you'll find it brimming with useful knowledge. And with its paralleled level of visual information - paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs - it is simply the best reference for any model-maker setting out to build one of these famous ships.Andrew (Customer Review)
For those with an interest in these ships, this book will be a valuable asset in their library and is well recommended.Model Boats - August 2008