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ShipCraft Special: Allied Torpedo Boats (ePub)

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By Les Brown, John Lambert
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Ship Craft Modelling
File Size: 73.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781783468911
Published: 13th September 2010


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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.

This volume follows the format of the highly successful Flower Class where the extent has been doubled to include far more detailed drawings of the many different designs of British MTBs and US PT-boats, including their fittings, sensors and weapons.

JOHN LAMBERT is a well-known draughtsman who provides detailed plans for modelmakers. He has also written widely on naval subjects, mostly small warships. His collaborator in this volume is LES BROWN, a lifelong modelmaker and a leading light in the Small Ships Group of the International Plastic Modellers Society.

This book, or manual, is very useful and interesting - almost essential - for the modeller.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

An excellent book on the subject.

Military Modelling

This book is many things, a brief but detailed history of the MTB's, a technical manual with detailed drawings and diagrams, a model guide to who sells what and where, an accessories guide and an inspirational/enjoyable book with excellent representations of a wide variety of MTB's by various modelers in a variety of scales.

It contains information on the most important type of MTB's colour reference guides, short critical reviews and reference sources.

It is excellently written and presented with good quality photographs and drawings, although on the drawings you need a magnifying glass to read the associated data, but that is understandable given the drawings are replications of the actual plans and were not originally intended for A4.

The book has already become a well thumbed publication, sparked several ideas and provided a wealth of information in a nice user format. If you have an interest in MTB's then this is a real plus for the modeling community. Regardless of what scale you build in there is information in this book that will help.

It is not a how to build the perfect MTB type book, but will provide the modeler with a high amount of factual data and reference material to aid your build.

Alternatively, if you are just thinking about building one of these small ships then the reviews and accessories section will be of great use.

The book offers excellent value for money, but like all things shop around for your price.


Throughout this 126 page information packed book, there's everything from the highly detailed line drawings, original photographs, and scale models from 1-1200 up to 1-1000 all making one wonderful book.

There are more than likely quite a few books like this out there, and this is a first for me, when building say a 1-72 PT boat, following the instructions is okay, but only up to a point, sooner or later you'll need actual photos, colours and so on.

This book also offers the market extra, things to look out for, what you can buy in aftermarket upgrades. Gunthwaite Miniatures have to be seen to be believed, as well as accessories from White Ensign Models... there is as expected, a wealth of information dealing with a very nice swap between the real world of the torpedo boats, and that of the model world.

I believe that John Lambert and Les Brown, have managed to piece together not only a slice of history but detailing the model building hobby as well, all within one book.

I count myself very lucky as 2 of my models appear within this book. And this is also my first review and being apprehensive and slightly stepping into the unknown, I find it hard to describe a mixing pot of information... I do know one thing, I wish I had this book when I was building my original PT 100!

The content is packed with information that makes you want to turn a page, from the history of torpedo boats from 1915-1945, which then goes on to model products, showcase, construction, after market products for scales 1-1200 to 1-100.

This book offers the reader a great reference with a ton of original photographs... my first thought on seeing these, dioramas, using the back-drop of building your own impression.

Not only a reference to torpedo boats, but a wonderful guide to building and getting the best out of a model... not just grey on green, but camo patterns as well, defused paint work that you'll pick from original photo's or very masterfully built scale models.

The front cover is like the icing on the cake, and as you turn the pages this just gets better and better. I, not being 100% sure if this book was designed for history or model building or both, it certainly comes across as an incredible work of art, and those original photo's are worth buying this book just for those.

Factor in the producers of after market products for the scale model, and you have a complete book, that perhaps could have been in two parts. There is a lot to take in, and John Lambert and Les Brown have done wonders, and I believe this book is worth every penny.

In conclusion - I feel this is a great addition to building any of the allied torpedo boats with a big plus for diorama ideas!

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Overall it is an interesting read about a subject that I have seen little modelled myself. Naval modellers that are looking for image references on Allied Torpedo Boats will find this a very helpful book with over 300 B/W and colour photographs. Some of the line drawings are a bit small but the author has provided a web address where most of the plans are available in large scale. There is also two pages of selected references at the back of the book for the reader to further their research of this particular subject.


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.

About John Lambert

For many years JOHN LAMBERT has been known for his highly detailed plans of smaller warships, their armament and fittings, but he has also produced a number of books written around these plans, most recently two ‘ShipCraft Specials’, on Flower Class Corvettes and Allied Torpedo Boats.

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