Author: Steve Backer, Softbound, 64 Pages, ISBN: 9781848321076, First Edition, 2006
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 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.
• Summary of design history and careers
• Full details of class variations and modifications
• Colour reference for paint schemes
• Gallery of photographs of outstanding models
• Critical reviews of available kits and accessories
• Sources of further information from books to websites
This is the latest in the ShipCraft series, which aims to provide modellers with all they need to know about a famous class of warship and associated model kits.
This volume is devoted to the largest and most powerful cruisers of their era, the Imperial Japanese Navy's Myoko class and the succeeding Takao class.
Superior in armament, armour and speed to any Allied 'Treaty Cruiser', they were actually well over their publicly declared displacement and even exceeded the official design tonnage. Despite being over-weight, they were subject to many modifications and additions, and played a major part in almost every major campaign of the Pacific War.
With an unparalleled level of visual information — paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs — this book is simply the best all-round reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous cruisers.