- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Seaforth Publishing / Classic Warships Publishing; 1st edition (March 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844156974
- ISBN-13: 978-1844156979
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shipcraft 8 - Fletcher Class Destroyers Paperback – March 19, 2015
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My criticism of the book is that it relied heavily on other modeler's work as reference. While great models were showcased I must say that in principle this is a flawed concept, as modelers -no matter how good they are, either don't get everything right, or their modeling style does not appeal to every modeler out there, or had access to accessories no longer in production. Nothing beats a period photograph as far as references go.
A far better use of the pages devoted to models would have been to show photos like in the Raven book on the Fletcher class (Naval Institute Press) that show in crisp, ultra-detail the many configurations available. These are photos from the period, the real deal, not like in this book, showing the USS Kidd which differs significantly from its wartime configuration.
To be fair to the book, the color analysis (measures and schemes) was far superior to anything I've seen in books this size or even bigger. well done in that regard, worth the asking price on this aspect alone. The author is obviously an expert in this area, both technically and historically, you will enjoy reading this book, specially the author's assessment of the available kits of this most important warship.
...The subject of this volume is the US Navy Fletcher class, often considered the most successful of all American destroyers. Built to the first design that was freed from treaty restrictions, they came into ser -vice near the beginning of the Pacific War and fought with distinction through all the most ferocious of the campaigns against Japan. They were constructed in large numbers, with a number of variations, and their popularity has been reflected by the wide range of available kits.
...This book will show ship modelers how to turn their kits into something really special, providing in- depth information about building and modifying model kits, but also offers an unparalleled level of visual information will also appeal to the more general warship enthusiast.Contained within the 64 pages (32 in color) are a brief history, historic photos, drawings, color illustrations, model kit reviews, reference list, and a gallery of built models.
One reason that I found it to be an excellent reference is that it has a logical discussion of the differences between individual Fletcher class destroyers during World War II. The other books that I have read on Fletcher class destroyers provide a "hodge-podge" of photos of different looking Fletchers with little explanation of the differences or the evolution of the class, other than mentioning the round bridges of early Fletcher class ships vs the `square bridge' on the later ships, and a limited discussion of changes in armament.
Having said that, prior to reading this book, I still did not know that the reason for the change to the 'square bridge' was to optimize production combined with inspiration from the British Navy to have an "open bridge" forward of the pilothouse. When one of the other references discusses the refit that increased the number of 40MM guns, it is not addressing the emergency AA refit, as installed on the USS Kidd, but the increase of 40MM guns on the original Fletchers, which had 20MM guns in the forward gun tubs, where 40 MM guns were later installed. That same reference also captions a twin 40MM gun mount as a "quad 40MM mount.Read more ›