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The Battleship Fuso (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – March, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,988,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Connelley on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This latest installment of the Anatomy of the Ship Series focuses on the Battleship Fuso. Like the earlier books on the Takao and Yamato, this book covers practically every detail on this ship from the deck planking to the 14" barrel rifeling. Unlike the Yamato, the Fuso had a long life and went through several refits which drastically altered her appearance. These changes are doculmented in the photographs and drawings which point out which changes were made when. Nevertheless the majority of the drawings tend to focus on her appearance later in her service life. The one problem with this book, a major problem especially for the model builder, is that none of the drawings in the book are to the scale which is printed with the drawing. This was not a problem with the Yamato book, and I can only assume this is the publisher's fault since Skulski's work is very thorough to say the least. Thankfully, nearly all the drawings have at least one labeled dimension so one can calculate the actual scale of each drawing on his/her own if he/she so desires. Despite this flaw, this book is a terrific source of information on this class of ships which (like the Yamato book) is not likely to be surpassed any time soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wonderrat on August 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
With the publication of his third book in the Anatomy of the Ship series, Janusz Skulski has produced one of the best single references on any Japanese naval vessel. Most of the best sources for the IJN are unaccessible to the average reader due to language difficulites and Skulski does an admirable job in acccessing Japanese sources. This is an excellect modeler's reference and the drawings are finely detailed.
I would give this book five stars if only there were not so many errors in captioning (for examples, please refer to the previous review). There are some mismatched captions, errors in scale, and a badly malformed drawing of the Fuso's mainmast on page 128, but don't let these problems put you off in buying the book. Now I wish Janusz Skulski can do more IJN books! Let's see, some books on the Japanese carriers at Pearl Harbor would do for a start. How about a book on the seaplane cruiser Mogami? Or a book on the destroyer Yukikaze (took part in almost all of the major actions of the war and survived until 1970 in the service of the Taiwanese Navy).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wonderrat on December 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
With the publication of this third book in the Anatomy of the Ship series, Janusz Skulski has produced one of the best single references on any Japanese naval vessel. Most of the best sources for the IJN are unaccessible to the average reader due to language difficulites and Skulski does an admirable job in acccessing Japanese sources. This is an excellect modeler's reference and the drawings are finely detailed; I would give this book five stars if only there were not so many errors in captioning (for examples, please refer to the previous review). There are some mismatched captions, errors in scale, and a badly malformed drawing of the Fuso's mainmast on page 128, but don't let these problems put you off in buying the book. Now I wish Janusz Skulski can do more IJN books! Let's see, some books on the Japanese carriers at Pearl Harbor would do for a start. How about a book on the seaplane cruiser Mogami? Or a book on the destroyer Yukikaze (took part in almost all of the major actions of the war and survived until 1970 in the service of the Taiwanese Navy).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Waddell on May 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
JANUZ SKULSKIS' LATEST VOLUME IN THE ANATOMY OF THE SHIP SERIES IS PERHAPS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE ONE-BOOK DATA SOURCE ON A SINGLE JAPANESE WARSHIP EVER PUBLISHED. THE BATTLESHIP FUSO IS NOT ONLY COVERED FROM STEM-TO-STERN, BUT IS MINUETLY DISSECTED! EVERY DETAIL OF THIS REMARKABLE SHIP HAS BEEN EXAMINED AND RECORDED IN (IN MANY CASES) NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS AND, OF COURSE, AN EXPERTLY EXECUTED SET OF SCALE DRAWINGS THAT HAVE BEEN A BENCHMARK OF MR. SKULSKIS' PAST WORK. THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE FOR HISTORIANS AND SCALE MODELERS ALIKE, AND IS DESTINED TO BECOME A CLASSIC IN THE TECHNICAL HISTORY OF NAVAL WARFARE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Hockin on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Fuso was a heavily rebuilt unit. Originally built in 1915 and rebuilt in 1930-32, again in 1937, again in 1939 and repaired once more in 1944. Sunk in that same year in Oct. Details and photos in this book are outstanding and utterly complete. An unbelievably accurate set of plans. One of the finest.
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