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The Battleship Yamato (Anatomy of the Ship) [Hardcover]

by Janusz Skulski
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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December 27, 1988 087021019X 978-0870210198
This richly detailed tribute to the legendary Yamato is now back in print by popular demand. Equipped with the largest guns and heaviest armor and having the greatest displacement of any ship ever built, the Yamato proved to be a formidable opponent to the U.S. Pacific Fleet in World War II. This classic in the Anatomy of the Ship series contains a full description of the design and construction of the battleship including wartime modifications, and a career history. This is followed by a substantial pictorial section with rare onboard views of Yamato and her sister ship, a comprehensive portfolio of more than 600 perspective and three-view drawings, and 30 photographs. Such a handsome and thorough work is guaranteed to impress modelmakers, ship enthusiasts, and naval historians.

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About the Author

Janusz Skulski is the author of The Heavy Cruiser Takao.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 27, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087021019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870210198
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lavishly illustrated book about a gigantic battleship October 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Yamato class battleships of the IJN were the largest battleships ever built, and this book examines the Yamato piece by piece. The book was copyrighted in 1988. The author, Janusz Skulski, has obviously put years of detailed research into this book. This is not a story. The different sections of the book (A-L) focus on the different aspects of the ship. For example, section C is "superstructure." The use of the term "scale" shows readers how big components of the ships were. For example, the barbette for the 18" guns is 4" in diameter in the book with a 1/150 scale. A side profile of the ship fills two 9" square pages and the scale marker says 1/600 scale. There are only a few pages of text at the beginning, and a good photo section. The text is entirely factual and deals with the ship rather than the human side of IJN battleship operations. The ship is "taken apart" in a most thorough level of detail. It is just like you have gone back in time and place and are reviewing the construction blueprints for approval! Unfortunately, the author could not obtain much machinery information, but that wasn't his fault. There was no research information available about machinery, but the other areas (general arrangement, superstructure, armament, fittings, rig, aircraft, ship's boats, and condition of the wreck) made up for this. I give the author and the book 5 stars because the level of detail is extremely high. Interlibrary loan is your best bet to read this book, as the title is out of print. This is a must have book for all serious battleship fans.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE book available on this vessel September 19, 2003
Format:Hardcover
If you are interested in the Yamato from a historical, engineering or modeling perspective this book is a MUST for your reference materials. While only having a limited number of photos (Very few exist), the bulk of the information here is in line drawings and specifications. A top notch job of reconstructing the engineering of this mighty ship. The author has assembled about as much information as could be expected given the lack of material available.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Painstakingly reverse-engineered drawings July 29, 2004
By Jeremy
Format:Hardcover
The Anatomy series will be very familiar with naval history enthusiasts. What makes this special is that all drawings and pictures of these huge ships were ordered destroyed just before the Japanese surrender. Thus the pictorial section is understandably a little briefer than usual, while the drawings section contains many that were painstakingly reverse engineered from the study of photos.

In summary, a notch below the Anatomy of the Dreadnought, but a super effort given the lack of source materials.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The largest battleship ever built January 24, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Yes, this is back in print. The largest of the Anatomy of the ship series, the detail is mindboggling. The immense vessel truely depicts the stupidity of war, that large brute force will win the day.
The scale of this ship, and the detail in this book is nothing but intimidating. This is almost twice the size of the great US battleships, and to even contemplate building a model, do not even waste your money unless you had this works, and even then, when you see the amount of diagrams in this book, it will either put you off as you may not think you can do it justice, or you will spend at least a year trying to get it close to detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book of line drawings ! (010) June 21, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Unlike most books on warships, which tend to focus on areas such as it's service history and technical specifications, which this book does cover, here is a fantastic collection of line drawings. I have several books featuring comprehensive line drawings of aircraft, but I had never seen such a book dedicated to a ship before. The author, a Polish modelmaker by the name of Janusz Skulski, has produced a book of such depth it will astound you. The 3-view plans are accompanied by great descriptive keys, and range from the entire hull and superstructure, liteally right down to individual nuts and bolts. The technical specifications are detailed and the photos, while necessarily brief because hardly any were ever taken of the Yamato, are very imformative. I can not stress enough how impressed I was with the level of detail, it was like looking at the original blueprints!

A top read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the battleship Yamato February 9, 2014
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The book had all the drawings I required, a lot more information that will come in handy and photographs that are rare
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book and its contents exceeded my expectations. November 22, 2013
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The book is very informative and extremely detailed. A tribute to the engineering effort and workmanship of the world's largest and most powerful battleship.
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