Ship Craft series of reference books

Ship Craft series of reference books

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Contents:
ShipCraft 1: German Pocket Battleships - By Roger Chesneau
ShipCraft 2: King George V Class Battleships - By Roger Chesneau
ShipCraft 3: Yorktown Class Carriers - By Roger Chesneau
ShipCraft 4: Type VII U-Boats - By Roger Chesneau
ShipCraft 5: Japanese Heavy Cruisers - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 6: German S-Boats - By Steve Wiper
ShipCraft 7: British Battlecruisers of the Second World War - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 8: Fletcher Class Destroyers - By Lester Abbey
ShipCraft 9: Kongo Class Battlecruisers - By Steve Wiper
ShipCraft 10: Bismarck & Tirpitz - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 11: British Destroyers - By Les Brown
ShipCraft 12: Essex Class Carriers - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 13: New Orleans Class Cruisers - By Lester Abbey
ShipCraft 14: Yamato Class Battleships - By Steve Wiper
ShipCraft 15: Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships - By Les Brown
ShipCraft 16: Admiral Hipper Class Cruisers - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 17: Iowa class Battleships - By Lester Abbey
ShipCraft 18: Titanic and her Sisters Olympic and Britannic - By Peter Davies-Garner
ShipCraft 19: County Class Cruisers - By Les Brown
ShipCraft 20: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau - By Steve Backer
ShipCraft 21: British Destroyers - By Les Brown
ShipCraft 22: German Battlecruisers - By Steve Backer, Robert Brown
ShipCraft 23: Rodney and Nelson - By Les Brown, Robert Brown
ShipCraft 24: Japanese Battleships: Fuso & Ise Classes - By Robert Brown
ShipCraft 25: German Destroyers - By Robert Brown
ShipCraft Special: Allied Torpedo Boats - By Les Brown, John Lambert
ShipCraft Special: Flower Class Corvettes - By Les Brown, John Lambert
ShipCraft Special: Grand Fleet Battlecruisers - By Steve Backer

 


 

ShipCraft 1: German Pocket Battleships

By Roger Chesneau

ShipCraft 1: German Pocket BattleshipsDescription:
• Everything the ship modeller needs to know about building a famous warship
• Numerous detailed plans and colour illustrations
• Focuses on very popular modelling subjects which are represented by a wide selection of kits

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. For the first volume in this series, the author has chosen the German 'pocket battleships' of WW2, the best-known of which was the Graf Spee of Battle of the River Plate fame. This innovative and infamous class of surface raiders has long been a popular subject for ship modellers, many manufacturers producing kits of the Graf Spee and the rather different Admiral Scheer and Lützow. This book will show ship modellers how to turn their kits into something really special, but its unparalleled level of visual information will also appeal to the more general warship enthusiast. Roger Chesneau is a lifelong ship modeller and author of numerous naval books, including Ship Models in Plastic.

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ShipCraft 2: King George V Class Battleships

By Roger Chesneau

ShipCraft 2: King George V Class BattleshipsDescription:
The five battleships of the class covered by this volume were the most modern British capital ships to serve in the Second World War. They were involved in many famous actions including the sinking of both Bismarck and Scharnhorst, while Prince of Wales suffered the unfortunate distinction of being the first capital ship sunk at sea by air attack.

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ShipCraft 3: Yorktown Class Carriers

By Roger Chesneau

ShipCraft 3: Yorktown Class CarriersDescription:
This is the third volume in a innovative series providing ship modellers with all they need to know about a famous class of warship and associated model kits. The subject of this volume is the Yorktown class, the near-legendary American aircraft carriers that kept the Japanese at bay in the dark days between Pearl Harbour and the decisive battle of Midway, where Yorktown herself was lost. Hornet launched the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan before being sunk at Santa Cruz in October 1942, but Enterprise survived the fierce fighting of the early war years to become the US Navy's most decorated ship. With its unparalleled level of visual information - paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs - it is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous carriers.

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ShipCraft 4: Type VII U-Boats

By Roger Chesneau

ShipCraft 4: Type VII U-BoatsDescription:
This volume is devoted to the largest class of submarines ever built, the Type VII, which formed the backbone of the German effort in the critical Battle of the Atlantic. A pre-war design, the Type VII was developed as the campaign progressed and was still in frontline service in 1945. All the major variants, as well as minor changes to equipment, are covered here.

With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – it is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous boats.

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ShipCraft 5: Japanese Heavy Cruisers

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 5: Japanese Heavy CruisersDescription:
This volume is devoted to the largest cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Built in defiance of treaty restrictions, they were the fastest and most powerful heavy cruisers of their day, and were heavily engaged in every campaign from Pearl Harbor to the end of the Pacific War.

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ShipCraft 6: German S-Boats

By Steve Wiper

ShipCraft 6: German S-BoatsDescription:
The subject of this volume is the Second World War German Navy's motor torpedo boats called Schnellboote, known to the Allies as E-Boats. One of the most effective coastal attack craft of the time, the type was built in large numbers and constantly improved as the war progressed, giving many variants to interest modellers.

With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – it is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous boats.

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ShipCraft 7: British Battlecruisers of the Second World War

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 7: British Battlecruisers of the Second World WarDescription:
The latest in this series covers the three ships of this First World War type, Hood, Repulse and Renown, which survived to fight in the Second. Still the fastest capital ships in the world in 1939, their protection was not up to contemporary standards and two were famously lost in action. Hood in an old-fashioned gunnery duel, but Repulse succumbed to the more modern threat of aerial attack. The one modernised ship, Renown, survived an adventurous wartime career.

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ShipCraft 8: Fletcher Class Destroyers

By Lester Abbey

ShipCraft 8: Fletcher Class DestroyersDescription:
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.

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ShipCraft 9: Kongo Class Battlecruisers

By Steve Wiper

ShipCraft 9: Kongo Class BattlecruisersDescription:
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.

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ShipCraft 10: Bismarck & Tirpitz

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 10: Bismarck & TirpitzDescription:
This volume covers the famous German sister-ships whose fates were so very different - Bismarck had a short but glorious career, first sinking HMS Hood and then in turn being sunk by the Home Fleet, whereas the Tirpitz spent most of the war skulking in Norwegian fjords, fending off attacks by midget submarines and carrier aircraft before being finally sunk by enormous specially designed bombs dropped by RAF Lancasters.

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ShipCraft 11: British Destroyers

By Les Brown

ShipCraft 11: British DestroyersDescription:
This new volume deals with the classes which represent the whole inter-war development of British destroyers, from the prototypes Amazon and Ambuscade of 1926 - the first new post World War I design - to the powerful and radically different 'Tribal' class a decade later. These ships formed the backbone of Royal Navy destroyer flotillas in the Second World War.

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ShipCraft 12: Essex Class Carriers

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 12: Essex Class CarriersDescription:
The latest volume covers the hugely important American carrier of the Second World War. Built in larger numbers than any fleet carrier before or since, the Essex class can claim to be the US Navy's most significant weapon in the defeat of Japan. Carrying up to 100 aircraft and capable of absorbing enormous punishment (not one was sunk), they spearheaded the Fast Carrier Task Forces for most of the Pacific War.

The heavily illustrated work contains everything a modeller needs to know about this prolific class.

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ShipCraft 13: New Orleans Class Cruisers

By Lester Abbey

ShipCraft 13: New Orleans Class CruisersDescription:
The subject of this volume is the seven-ship New Orleans class, probably the US Navy's most hard-fought heavy cruisers of the War – three were sunk in action but others survived massive damage, and by 1945 three out of four of the navy's most decorated ships were of this class. Although designed within treaty limitations, they proved powerful and well-balanced ships, and their unparalleled fighting record makes them popular modelling subjects.

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ShipCraft 14: Yamato Class Battleships

By Steve Wiper

ShipCraft 14: Yamato Class BattleshipsDescription:
The Yamato class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest warships of the Second World War and the largest battleships ever constructed, displacing 78,800 tonnes. They also carried the largest naval artillery ever fitted to a warship - 18in guns. Neither Yamato nor her sistership Musashi made much impact on the War. Musashi was sunk during the battle of Leyte Gulf while Yamato, deployed in a deliberate suicide attack on Allied forces at the battle of Okinawa, was finally sunk by US carrier-based aircraft; Not 300 of her 3,330 crew survived.

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ShipCraft 15: Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships

By Les Brown

ShipCraft 15: Queen Elizabeth Class BattleshipsDescription:
This volume covers the five ships of the highly successful Queen Elizabeth class, a design of fast battleship that set the benchmark for the last generation of dreadnoughts. Although they fought with distinction in WW1, all were thought valuable enough to be modernised between the wars - indeed, three were massively reconstructed, providing the modelmaker with a challenging variety of possible subjects.

,p>LES BROWN is a leading light in the Small Ships Group of the International Plastic Modellers Society and the editor of their Newsletter. His previous contributions to this series are Flower Class Corvettes and British Destroyers.

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ShipCraft 16: Admiral Hipper Class Cruisers

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 16: Admiral Hipper Class CruisersDescription:
The subject of this volume is the largest and most sophisticated German cruiser class of WW2. The five ships suffered very different fates. Blucher was sunk during the invasion of Norway in 1940, whereas Admiral Hipper fought right through the war. The most famous, Prinz Eugen, escaped when Bismarck was sunk and survived to be expended in a postwar Atomic bomb test. Seydlitz was intended to be converted to an aircraft carrier, but never finished, while Lutzow was sold to Russia and sunk by her erstwhile owners.

STEVE BACKER is the editor of steelnavy.com, the best warship modelling site on the web, for which he writes extensively on warship kits and accessories. He is also the author of four previous titles, Japanese Heavy Cruisers, British Battlecruisers, Essex Class Carriers and Bismarck and Tirpitz in this ShipCraft series.

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ShipCraft 17: Iowa class Battleships

By Lester Abbey

ShipCraft 17: Iowa class BattleshipsDescription:
The Iowa class were the largest, fastest and most modern US battleships of the war, and the formal surrender of Japan was signed on the deck of one of them, USS Missouri. Modernised post-war, they served in Korea, Vietnam and as late as the first Gulf War. They are among the most popular subjects of all for model kits.

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ShipCraft 18: Titanic and her Sisters Olympic and Britannic

By Peter Davies-Garner

ShipCraft 18: Titanic and her Sisters Olympic and BritannicDescription:
This is the first volume in the series not devoted to a naval vessel, but the most famous liner of all time is a suitable subject as one of the most popular of all ship modelling subjects. Apart from Titanic herself, this volume also covers her sister ships Olympic and Britannic which enjoyed longer and more varied careers, including wartime service as troopship and hospital ship.

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ShipCraft 19: County Class Cruisers

By Les Brown

ShipCraft 19: County Class CruisersDescription:
This volume covers the British 10,000-ton 'Treaty Cruisers', thirteen of which were built to three slightly varying designs between the wars. With three funnels and a high freeboard, they were impressive ships, and all enjoyed very active wartime careers - three were involved in the Bismarck action and another with the sinking of the Scharnhorst.

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ShipCraft 20: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft 20: Scharnhorst and GneisenauDescription:
The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as 'battlecruisers' in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.

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ShipCraft 21: British Destroyers

By Les Brown

ShipCraft 21: British DestroyersDescription:
A follow-up to ShipCraft 11 on inter-war destroyers, this new volume deals with the later classes which were the most modern British destroyers of the Second World War. Marked by a common single-funnelled silhoutte, they were actually very varied, ranging from the large and powerful J to N flotillas, via the austere 'War Emergency' classes that were built in large numbers, to the radically different 'Battle' class, designed with a powerful AA armament for service in the Pacific.

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ShipCraft 22: German Battlecruisers

By Steve Backer, Robert Brown

ShipCraft 22: German BattlecruisersDescription:
This volume is devoted to the famous ships of Admiral Hipper's First Scouting Group. Slower but more robust than their British equivalents, German battlecruisers enjoyed a reputation for absorbing punishment, and although Lutzow was sunk at Jutland, Seydlitz and the rest of the Scouting Group survived heavy damage. This book concentrates on the seven completed ships but coverage extends to the 'proto-battlecruiser' Blucher and the ships building or designed by the end of the war.

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ShipCraft 23: Rodney and Nelson

By Les Brown, Robert Brown

ShipCraft 23: Rodney and NelsonDescription:
The two ships covered in this volume were the only capital ships designed and built between the wars - a special concession of the Washington Treaty's ban on new battleships - and they were unlike anything before them, with the superstructure three-quarters aft and all main armament turrets forward of the bridge. During the war Nelson survived mine and torpedo damage, while Rodney played a major part in the destruction of the Bismarck, both surviving to be broken up post-war.

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ShipCraft 24: Japanese Battleships: Fuso & Ise Classes

By Robert Brown

ShipCraft 24: Japanese Battleships: Fuso & Ise ClassesDescription:
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.

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ShipCraft 25: German Destroyers

By Robert Brown

ShipCraft 25: German DestroyersDescription:
This volume covers the large and powerful German destroyers of the Second World War era. Always popular as modelling subjects, interest in them has been further increased recently by the release of a number of very fine large scale kits.

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 unusual ships.

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ShipCraft Special: Allied Torpedo Boats

By Les Brown, John Lambert

ShipCraft Special: Allied Torpedo BoatsDescription:
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.

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ShipCraft Special: Flower Class Corvettes

By Les Brown, John Lambert

ShipCraft Special: Flower Class CorvettesDescription:
This volume includes all the features of the regular series but the extent has been doubled to include far more detailed drawings of a class of ship that was built in huge numbers and in many variations. Mainstay of the Atlantic battle against the U-boats, Flower class corvettes were used by the British, Canadian, French and US Navies.

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ShipCraft Special: Grand Fleet Battlecruisers

By Steve Backer

ShipCraft Special: Grand Fleet BattlecruisersDescription:
This volume follows the format of the highly successful Flower Class where the extent has been doubled to include far more illustrations of the many different designs, from the Invincible of 1906 to the Renowns of 1915, and including the hybrid 'large light cruisers' Courageous, Glorious and Furious.

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