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 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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Dr John Laband is a Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England; a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; a Research Associate in the Department of History, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and an Adjunct Associate of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Canada. He is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books on warfare and military culture in Africa, specializing in the Zulu kingdom and in nineteenth-century colonial conflicts in southern Africa. His most recent book is Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier, published by Yale University Press in 2014. Now living in the village of Greyton in the Western Cape, South Africa, he is currently the co-editor of The History of Military Occupation series for the University of Illinois Press, United States; and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of African Military History, and of Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies.Review:
This book is excellent value for money and highly commended not just to the ship modellers, but also very much so to naval enthusiasts who wish to have a historically accurate and detailed reference book to add to their library. I am delighted to give it five stars. (Malcolm Wright, Australian Maritime Artist & Author)
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