Monograph Morskie #5
Reviewed by Jon Warneke
A J Press, 1996
I've been noticing this book for six months at model shows. Sales
were good at the last one so I took the leap and bought it. Having seen prior AJ
Press releases (see the Warship review of their HMS Hood Profile),
I thought I knew what to expect. Nevertheless I was hesitant but breathed a sigh of
relief on removing the shrink wrap. Now this was a find!
But here's what makes this book special. The Nagato/Mutsu profile
includes two 18"x 24" sheets of heavy stock paper, printed on both sides with
complete 1/400 scale drawings of the two ships. And when I say complete, I mean complete.
All information needed for the scratchbuilding of either ship is included. There are
drawings of each pagoda mast level, as well as the information necessary for constructing
the hexapod mainmasts. Deck fittings, hull lines, bulging information, scrap
drawings of the aft port side bulge, deck plan variations - they are all here. And
if that isn't enough, you get six 1/400 profile drawings showing the ships' evolution from
1920 through 1945. Lest I forget, there are rigging diagrams, lower hull deck
levels, inboard profiles, and scrap drawings illustrating how these ships differed at the
bow. The plans themselves are worth the book's price, and you get a book to boot!
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