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The Battleship Yamato (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – December 27, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0870210198 ISBN-10: 087021019X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 27, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087021019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870210198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janusz Skulski is the author of The Heavy Cruiser Takao.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
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 By Kevon Huntley on 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 By Jeremy on July 29, 2004
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 By Robert Lester on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy Tempest on 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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I rate this book as 5 stars because it delivers exactly what it promises: (a) a full history from inception to sinking, (b) a good selection of photos on a ship where most photos have been lost and (c) an excellent collection of reverse engineered drawings that go into virtually every surface level detail that you could ask for and includes full color 1/600 scale views (side and top) as well as painting details.

This is an excellent work for anyone interested in this historic ship and a particularly good reference for the modeling community.
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By John K. on June 11, 2014
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You won't find a more in-depth look at the Yamato than this book. Every detail of the exterior is pictured in great technical drawings, and everything known about the interior is covered as well.
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By David Bethune on May 28, 2014
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Very detailed, well drawn. There is so little information on this ship due to Japan destroying all the information after their humiliating defeat in 1945. The author/illustrator has done an amazing job. This is ideal for modelers except for a lack of coloured pictures to aid in painting your model.

This book illustrates the compartments and inner spaces well. If you are building from scratch it would be ideal. Even has a drawing of the ship as it presently lies wrecked on the seabottom. I only wish it had some underwater photos from the Japanese naval expedition to this site.
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