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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press; Reprint edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184486202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844862023
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Roberts is widely recognized for his contributions to warship literature. He was editor of Warship for six years and is the co-author of the standard works on British battleships and cruisers of the Second World War period. His superb warship plans led one authority to describe him as 'the best draughtsman in the UK'. His two previous volumes for Conway, on the Dreadnought and Intrepid, were widely acclaimed.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By x wing flyboy on 1 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I already have the book. But I needed another to use as a workshop manual for model building projects as I have an extensive collection of Hood models to build.

This put simply is best books er written about our most famous war ship, a war ship that for 20 years was the envy of the world and the symbol of British Naval power. Put simply, this book is the equivalent of a Haynes Manual of HMS Hood with unparalleled detail, cross sections, plan drawings,photos and statistics relating specifically to Hood. There are detailed looks at the hull structure, machinery, and most important for model builders who wish to modify their kits, all of the different configurations she has worn through here various refitting and rearming are provided.

A hard back with dust cover, the. Intent is black and white, drawings range from wire frame, architectural blue prints and cross sections with an engineering aspect. Nothing is left out from keel plating, rivet plating, hull structure, main guns, engines, super structure, a deck by deck breakdown of all the different decks with descriptions of all living and working spaces found in the ship. Every detail of the ships boats are covered, rigging patterns and even the patterning of the deck planking is covered.

I also have the HMS Belfast book of this series which is also stunning. A must have book of the mighty Hood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 April 2009
Format: Paperback
There was a time when the Battlecruiser Hood was the largest, fastest and most handsome capital ship in the world. She was also adored by the British public and in many ways came to symbolise everything that was supremely good about the Royal Navy. On 24 May 1941 the Hood was famously sunk by the Bismarck with only three of her crew of 1,419 surviving. It was an act which resulted in Churchill giving the order "Sink the Bismarck" and, of course, they did. More recently, the remains of HMS Hood have been located at great depth in the North Atlantic resulting in renewed interest in the ship itself. Elsewhere, there are websites dedicated to the vessel and a very strong HMS Hood Association attended by those who had previously served on this, the most beautiful of ships. This is an excellent book for all such interested people.

Conway Maritime Press are well known for their "Anatomy of the Ship" series in which they provide the finest technical documentation for specific ships or ship types ever published. "The Battlecruiser Hood" is hard-back measuring 10¼" (wide) x 9¾" with 127 pages of detailed and factual information. This wide format allows the publishers to produce first class detailed line drawings of every aspect of this ship in a size that is easy to see and follow. All the information is there - right down to the last nut and bolt.

Laid down in 1916, Hood was designed and constructed when ships got close to the enemy and fired straight at them. By the time she was completed in 1918, however, battleships were able to lob their shells great distances with alarming accuracy. This new dimension of warfare at sea with shells "falling from the sky" meant that all warships required armour plating on their decks where previously it had only been on the sides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor Welch on 16 Dec. 2013
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The book as a whole and the subsequent delivery was top notch this has given me a wealth of detail for my scratch build model of HMS Hood, the detail is fantastic
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