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The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – February 19, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd (February 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851779662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851779669
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,111,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I am also the owner of the yamamoto book, but also enjoyed the intrepid.
adoptme
Great material, amazing detail and data. you can really visualize every nut, bolt and sheet of steel that went into this and the Essex class.
Lincoln Sander IV
If you can find an affordable copy of the original hard cover book, go for it.
james a. tomlinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ned Barnett on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I recently obtained the USNI Press's reissue of noted naval historian John Roberts' Anatomy Of The Ship series on the USS Intrepid, the Essex-class carrier now serving as a museum in NYC Harbor. The book, originally published about 22 years ago, holds up remarkably well. It has tight but useful text, great photos, and - of course - the kinds of drawing-after-drawing-after-drawing of the ship, it's details and fittings, etc., that you've come to expect from the AOTS series.
This AOTS book includes a complete description of this early (CV-11) Essex-class fleet carrier, an up-scale/modernized version of the earlier Yorktown class carriers (which also included Hornet and Enterprise). The photo section focuses on Intrepid, but includes shots of other Essex carriers. Several photos show the Intrepid's deck overloaded with aircraft being transported to the Pacific Theater, which would make a great basis for a display model (if you don't mind scratch-building P-61 Black Widows, PV-2 Harpoons and other land-based aircraft seldom seen on aircraft carriers. Camoflage is important for these mid/late war carriers, and the Intrepid's dazzle scheme is well-presented (along with camouflage of the F6F Hellcat.
Of course, the heart and soul of the AOTS books are the drawings - these in 1/350th scale, ideal for use with the new 1/350th Essex class kits now out on the market. These are nothing short of superb.
The cover says "complete with 1/350th Scale fold-out plan" and I looked several times trying to find this fold-out in the reprint ... then it hit me. The inner side of the dust jacket IS the "fold-out plan" - a brilliant printing solution, and something that makes this plan even easier to use than if it had been bound into the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Carpenter on May 31, 2009
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Although it's only the second book in the "Anatomy of the Ship" series, this slim book on the Essex-class carrier "Intrepid" is an excellent sophomore effort. The main focus is on technical drawings, depicting in detail the ship's general arrangement, hull construction, machinery, and weapons. Robert's fastidious attention to detail is evident throughout, whether it's in cross-section through an armor bolt, a close-up of a dog on a quick-acting door, or a perspective view of the navigating bridge that shows every piece of equipment contained within. The arrangement of hull plating, the layout of protective plating, flight deck equipment, even fittings such as watertight doors and rope reels, are depicted.

Unfortunately, there isn't a single drawing or photograph of the ship's appearance after World War II, and no information on the ship's hull form. The introduction is pretty short and skims over Intrepid's history in a couple pages. Then again, I buy these books for the schematics, and as someone fascinated by naval architecture, I'm happy to see so many high-quality drawings in a single title. Not something that will thrill anyone looking for a narrative history of the ship, but serious naval enthusiasts will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james a. tomlinson on May 8, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The paperback version appears to me to be simply a badly photocopied (literally!), GREATLY shrunken version of the original hard cover. The actual image size on each page measures 4 x 4.5 inches, making the text and technical drawings impossible to read without a very strong magnifying glass. The light bleed over from each page not being held down firmly on the photocopier appears on almost all the images and text pages, and you can even see the edge of the original page on numerous images. Printed on cheap paper usually used for cheap novels. If you can find an affordable copy of the original hard cover book, go for it. This paperback version is useless!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lester on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the second in the series, and whilst it is a great book, it lacks the detail of many of the other in this series. It only covers the WWII era of this vessel that served up to Vietnam. Very hard to find but still perfect for any enthusiast or modeller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Boschi on January 5, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Sadly, we had to return this item. The interior text and blueprints were extremely small and too difficult (impossible!) to read.
This book should have been printed in a larger and horizontal format so it could actually be readable.
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By adoptme on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have the original 1982 version among the other newer versions, which I always ask my architectural students to look over. the book itself is great for it's technical representational drawings, and also casts a good light on simple drawings that are effective. Given its contents, as an aircraft carrier, it also carries a lot of weight on the historical aspects of ship design. I am also the owner of the yamamoto book, but also enjoyed the intrepid.

Overall: A
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