This "Blueprint Series" of books are produced in conjunction with the British National Maritime Museum and, as the title and series name suggest, this is a collection of blueprints and associated technical information on various types of British Warship from WW2.
With regard to the previous review, this book is exactly what it says it is. Of course, original blueprints are, by their very nature, large and unwieldy and only a book with the most impractical dimensions could reproduce such documents on a scale of 1:1. For those who wish to get a closer look at the Blueprints contained within this book, however, all they need do is contact the British National Maritime Museum who do provide copies.
This is a large, hardback coffee-table book containing over 150 pages of solid technical information with one or two blueprints across almost every page (there are 80 altogether). In a very professional style, John Roberts analyses the design and function of these ships using a selection of original plans from the collection at the NMM.
The opening chapter on Warship Design in Peace and War, is followed by a detailed examination of; Capital Ships, Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers, Destroyers, Escorts, Submarines, Minelayers, Minesweepers, Monitors, Amphibious Vessels, Trawlers, Depot Ships, MTBs and Auxiliary AA ships. With a wide selection of blueprints from above, the side and specific sections, coupled with detailed information on building, armament, displacement, dimensions, machinery, compliment etc, this is a book for the seriously minded researcher who will find it quite invaluable.