ShipCraft 24: Japanese Battleships: Fuso & Ise Classes (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, highlighting differences between sisterships 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 survey 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 covers the two related classes of Japanese 14in-gunned battleships, originally built during the First World War but subsequently totally reconstructed. They are famous for the towering forward superstructure, usually described as a pagoda bridge, that they featured when rebuilt. Ise and Hyuga underwent further reconstruction during the Second World War to emerge as a unique hybrid of battleship and aircraft carrier in a desperate attempt to compensate for fleet carriers sunk earlier in the war.
This is definitely one of the best books in the ‘ShipCraft’ series, and is to be recommended both to modellers and to those interested in the big ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy.Warship annual, 2018 - reviewed by Aidan Dodson
Robert Brown has done an excellent job showing what is available to construct these classes of battleships. With the inclusion of B & W photographs of the actual vessels, it makes the book a first class reference for these ship classes.IPMS Magazine
This is a book that I highly recommend to other modellers and history buffs.
As featured on...Schopenhauer’s Workshop, Chris Pflueger
The brief history, details of changes in appearance, and scale plans alone would make Brown’s book a terrific reference for modelers. The inclusion of a survey of available kits and accessories make it indispensible. The gallery of models is just icing on the cake.FineScale Modeler, February 22, 2017
Pagoda-style structures were a distinguishing feature of Imperial Japanese Navy battleships, and none were as extravagant as those on the Fuso and Ise-class vessels. Originally planned during World War One as a single rank of four hulls, the first two (Fuso and Yamashio) differed from the final pair (Ise and Hyuga), regarded as a separate class. Their development, careers and fates are described, combined with good contemporary images, intermingled with artist's impression to highlight differing configurations.Airfix Model World - February 2017
Notably, as US Navy airpower devastated Japan's carriers, both Ise-class units would be converted into hybrid carriers battleships, although this was merely a prelude to further modification. Kits and accessory reviews are provided for both classes, from 1/1250 to 1/144 scales (although the latter is just a main twin-gun turret).
Almost a third of the book is then devoted to modelling, with examples from a variety of renowned maritime builders, in full hull and waterline configurations, all adorned with scratch-built or after-market detail. Finally, the upgrades and modifications carried out on each vessel during their careers are described in depth, supplemented by superb scale drawings.