ShipCraft 9: Kongo Class Battlecruisers (Kindle)
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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, highlighting differences between sister-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 ships, 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 Japanese Kongo class, four ships built during the First World War as battlecruisers, but extensively modified and reconstructed between the wars as fast battleships, so that each ship presented a different appearance. They were the chosen escorts for the elite IJN carrier forces, and saw much action during the Pacific War.
Another of Seaforth Publishing's "Ship Craft" series of books aimed at the ship modeller, it is much more than just a modelling guide. While it certainly performs its modelling function very well, it has considerable additional value as a history. Impressive looking and complex ships, they are an ideal subject for ship modelling. The book shows some finely crafted and very detailed examples right down to their aircraft and ship boats. Very detailed drawings and clear photographs are of considerable value and interest to both modellers and historians.Work Boat World - Jan 2011