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The Cruiser Belfast (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press; 2nd edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851779565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851779560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1981, after service with the Royal Navy, Ross attended art college and began work on a large cutaway illustration of HMS Belfast, which is still on display on the ship. He also started writing his first book for Conway, about the preserved cruiser, in the Anatomy of the Ship series. During the next four years, he wrote three more titles for the series and illustrated many of the dust jacket covers for the others. His work as a freelance illustrator, has enabled him to tackle a wide variety of subjects and the results have featured in many books and on hundreds of postage stamps. More recently, he has been responsible for producing the 3D ship cutaway illustrations for the Navy News. He has also launched his own website, to showcase his new maritime paintings.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lester on July 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Belfast was the Largest British cruiser of WWII, and went on to fight in Korea. This is the sixth in the Anatomy of the ship series and the first by WATTON. Like all of the series it has impeccable detail covers all aspects of the ship. Perfect for modellers but not the most detailed of the series, but it does dwell on armament and accomodation. Hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.D. Wolfe on October 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Anatomy of a ship series is an excelent series and I have most (but not all) of them. My only problem with them is that when I go to build a large scale model I need another source for some of the lines for the small boats carried aboard. Some of these were easy to find and some of them I am still looking for.
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Everything that you ever wanted to know about Belfast's design and development.

Great illustrations - really useful for the modeler. Took a while but finally found the 1/350 scale hull drawings - they are on the reverse side of the dust jacket.
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I have half a dozen of the Anatomy series books now there are a few errors I have noticed but you would have had to have live on the ship to notice them. Since this ship still exist today I expect the book to be very accurate. Dimensions and scale are what these books are all about, I would hope that the publisher would include some 3D color drawing in the future as some of the new 3D books from Poland do. The Anatomy of the ship books have become very valuable as the go out of print and become collectors items.
If your thinking about buying one don't wait it maybe $400 next year!
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Since you're reading an "Anatomy of the Ship" review, I'm going to assume that you're familiar with the series and like it, and know about the bajillion line drawings and photographs. This is one of those, and has that. However, if you're like me, you have some specific questions about the information contained, the same questions that I had. Having spent my $25.91, and gotten it in only 6 days (Free shipping is a good deal), I am now qualified to tell you.

Good stuff:
*Full line drawing plans of the ship, in 1:400, of the ship in her 1942 configuration (after being extensively rebuilt following mine damage). This is six two-page spreads and includes all separate decks.
*Outboard profile of the ship in her 1962 (post-refit) configuration, 1:400 scale, two-page spread.
*Two-page spread of her hull lines, armor plans, etc., (the durable stuff) from 1942 on.
*Two-page spread of superstructure changes from 1945-56 (i.e., the intermediate configurations between 1942 and 1962 plans above), including scrap views and notes on when various objects were installed, e.g., radars, gun directors.
* A nice 3/4 perspective view of bridge superstructure post-1959.
* Three pages of her mast rigs, 1939, 1942, 1959+.

Note: There are no profiles of her original 1939 configuration, but she only served in this for three months (Aug-Nov 1939) before hitting the mine, so that scarcely matters. However, there is a page of her 1939 foremast and mainmast top rig mentioned above.

All of the detailed stuff you'd expect about hull structure, compartments, machinery. High points here:
*Five pages of line drawings of all nine types of the light AA weapons she carried (Quad .
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