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on May 28, 2017
When it was originally published in 1988, the "Anatomy of the Ship" entry on the battleship 'Yamato' quickly became the definitive modeler's guide to the ship, with second-hand copies fetching upwards of $150 whenever it went out of print. I never was a serious model builder, but I spent hours poring over Janusz Skulski's remarkably detailed schematics. This new (and presumably final) edition retains most of the plans from the original while adding nearly 400 more, including dozens of new close-up detail views, and a couple hundred devoted solely to the 'Musashi.' The biggest visual improvement lies in Stefan Draminski's incredible computer models of the two ships, detailed right down to individual rivets and deck planks. These are presented alongside Skulski's traditional line drawings, and give a much more fully fleshed-out idea of how the ships would have appeared in real life.

The Japanese destroyed most of the data on these ships at the end of World War II, along with just about everything on their internal arrangements. That said, this edition features some new drawings of the hull structure, and the deck plans are a bit more detailed in places. Anyone seriously interested in scratch-building or super-detailing their 'Yamato' or 'Musashi,' or in the aesthetic details of Japanese warships, will find this book indispensable. If the devil is really in the details, then this book needs an exorcism. You'll find diagrams of chequer plate arrangements, the funnel's hood and gutter, the degaussing cable socket, the bridge's wind baffle, crane platforms, the turret awning stanchions, and so on and so forth, to an almost absurd extent. At 336 pages, this is the biggest "Anatomy" yet, and the most detailed since the one on HMS 'Dreadnought.'

As someone who owned the original edition, this edition has some annoying omissions and quirks in the presentation which keep me from giving it five stars. As nice as Mr. Draminski's computer models may be, whoever decided to present six to a page, with the middle pair falling right into the gutter, needs to find a new day job. Some of the plans aren't treated much better, with important details falling into the binding. Some of the earlier Anatomies got around this problem by separating the plans across two pages with an inch-wide space in the middle. Some of the plans have been reduced in scale to fit alongside the computer models, while others have been omitted completely in this edition. Many of the drawings depicting the interior arrangements of the 18-inch turrets and their ammunition handling facilities, ammunition cross-sections, and the main fire control computer are gone. Although the histories of the ship are more detailed, the introduction omits some of the tables and minor details that were in the first edition.

Although it has some irritating flaws, this is no doubt going to be THE go-to book for anyone seriously interested in these ships, or who intend to build one of the dozens of commercially available model kits of them. As much as it frustrates me that material from the original was removed, there's so much new detail in here that it's practically a new book, and any new books in this series are a good thing to me!
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on May 30, 2017
If you have seen Anatomy of the Ship books, you kind of know what to to expect. The book is primarily plans and drawings. If you want lots of historical narrative or photographs, this is not the book for you (Get Warship Warship Pictorial No. 25 - IJN Yamato Class Battleships). However, this book is quite a bit different from the rest of the series and the original version of the book. As for differences with the original, to begin with, it is much larger. There are color renderings and there is some color in the diagrams. There is no jacket and no jacket plan as the norm in AOTS book.The updated version includes coverage of the Musashi as well. The original version had very little in the way of internal details, especially when compared with other AOTS books. The update has a lot more of them. There are a lot more other details as well.

The most comparable book is Capital Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1868-1945: The Yamato Class and Subsequent Planning: Chapters 1-3. There is material in this other book that I do not see in the AOTS book. However, The Yamato Class goes deep into a few topics and leaves most of the ship without cover.

AOTS is the the best, first book on the Yamato from an engineering perspective.
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on December 4, 2014
This is an excellent book. A significant number of detail drawings fill this book. For those not knowing, The Yamato Class ships were closely guarded secrets by the Japanese Navy. It's unfortunate there are not more photos of these battleships, in particular the interior. Prior to Japan's surrender, all documents to the ships were destroyed.
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on May 28, 2017
Superb update of the original book. Using newly discovered Japanese accounts and research, Skulski has now written THE DEFINITIVE tome on BOTH of these two magnificent ships. Colorized historical and action photos - including the newly discovered closeup photo of Musashi firing her main batteries during trials - are the 'cherry on the cake', but it is the updated research and detailed drawings that make this book a MUST for any Yamato/Musashi enthusiast or model builder. BRAVO!!!
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on September 10, 2017
This book is just too good to be true. It's an update to an earlier work by the same author in the Anatomy series which was phenomenal when published. This edition is night and day better. Dozens of wonderful clear photos of these little photographed sisters are included. The drawings are well done as are the 3-D illustrations. This book is a must for modelers, writers, and researchers. I've studied and modeled these impressive battleships most of my life and I highly recommend this stunning work.
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on June 30, 2017
Got mine same day yesterday so thank you! Enormous historical detail and the 3d pictures are very well done too. Highly recommended and worth it for modelers too.
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on December 7, 2017
A comprehensive study of the ships from inception to demise.. A massive amount of design information and specifications, a must for the modeller and naval enthusiasts..
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on February 11, 2010
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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on June 11, 2014
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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on November 14, 2017
Prompt delivery and product as described.
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