Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing / Classic Warships Publishing; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
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This is not a "be all, end all" volume on the Hipper-class heavy cruisers, especially not in 64 pages. It does not cover design, construction, or engineering details, and does not concern itself with questions of the morality of war or the human experience of those that served aboard these ships. The text is brief, describing the histories of the finished Hipper, Prinz Eugene and Blucher (no, I do not remember how to insert umlaut, leave me alone), the uncompleted Seydlitz and Lutzow, and their eventual fates. There are a few color plates showing the different camouflage schemes each ship carried and when, and a good collection of dated and captioned B&W photographs mostly from--for obvious reasons--Hipper and Prinz Eugene. (There is a solitary color photo of the capsized hull of Prinz Eugene in the Pacific following the 1946 nuclear tests, but that hardly counts.) The photographs do a very respectable job in showing the differences of these ships as completed, and the differences in their modifications as the war went its course.A smaller section of the book is an overview of commercially available model kits of the class in different scales, and their various shortcomings. There is also a brief "builders showcase" of models finished to a high degree such that I am embarrassed to ever show another person my own efforts in this regard.While this volume is not meant as a deeply scholastic work, there is a much appreciated bibliography of print and online resources. Given that most modelers do not finish their projects to match black-and-white photographs, some greater discussion concerning the hues of the colors worn by these ships at various points in their lives would have been beneficial, this is a fairly minor issue.
The Shipcraft series are a great pictorial reference for model ship builders. They teach by example but are intended for modelers who already know their way around injection-molded plastic, resin and photo-etch metal i.e. they are not suitable for beginners.This edition features the Hipper class heavy cruisers of which Admiral Hipper and Blücher formed the first subclass with Prinz Eugen, Seydlitz and Lützow being an enlarged and improved second subclass. The last two of these were never completed while Seydlitz was slated to be converted into an aircraft carrier.There is a useful, potted history of each ship, with specs, good detail photographs and many line drawings showing the specific differences. A useful table of modifications is given for each ship so the modeller can accurately portray his or her subject for a given timeframe. Also very useful is the list of book references and websites given at the end.At the time of printing the most recent kit covered by this book is the Trumpeter 1/350 Prinz Eugen (1945), so all the most recent Hipper and earlier Prinz Eugens are missing. A good account of the existing model offerings is given.
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