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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (30 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851779565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851779560
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 26 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1981, after service with the Royal Navy, Ross attended art college and began work on a large cutaway illustration of HMS Belfast, which is still on display on the ship. He also started writing his first book for Conway, about the preserved cruiser, in the Anatomy of the Ship series. During the next four years, he wrote three more titles for the series and illustrated many of the dust jacket covers for the others. His work as a freelance illustrator, has enabled him to tackle a wide variety of subjects and the results have featured in many books and on hundreds of postage stamps. More recently, he has been responsible for producing the 3D ship cutaway illustrations for the Navy News. He has also launched his own website, to showcase his new maritime paintings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plastic Fantastic on 8 Dec 2013
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Ideal for model makers and naval enthusiasts who want to see all the details of a specific ship as scale drawings. It must have taken a huge amonut of research. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schoolie on 7 Sep 2013
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The perfect reference for the modeller, or for the person interested in a living part of our recent naval history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee on 10 Jun 2013
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As usual with this serious of books very detailed drawings and history given. Excellent for assisting in anyone wishing to make a scale or near scale model of HMS Belfast in her various guises. Good plan on inside of dust cover especially of great help in overall dimensions, and is a good base, using other drawings included throughout book to construct different stages of her service life.
Well recommended.
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Fought two wars and still in existance 12 July 2001
By Robert Lester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Belfast was the Largest British cruiser of WWII, and went on to fight in Korea. This is the sixth in the Anatomy of the ship series and the first by WATTON. Like all of the series it has impeccable detail covers all aspects of the ship. Perfect for modellers but not the most detailed of the series, but it does dwell on armament and accomodation. Hard to find.
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Belfast 17 Oct 2007
By F.D. Wolfe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Anatomy of a ship series is an excelent series and I have most (but not all) of them. My only problem with them is that when I go to build a large scale model I need another source for some of the lines for the small boats carried aboard. Some of these were easy to find and some of them I am still looking for.
Great book on a favorite ship 19 Jan 2014
By T. Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything that you ever wanted to know about Belfast's design and development.

Great illustrations - really useful for the modeler. Took a while but finally found the 1/350 scale hull drawings - they are on the reverse side of the dust jacket.
Another very good book for the model ship builder 7 July 2013
By G. McManus - Published on Amazon.com
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I have half a dozen of the Anatomy series books now there are a few errors I have noticed but you would have had to have live on the ship to notice them. Since this ship still exist today I expect the book to be very accurate. Dimensions and scale are what these books are all about, I would hope that the publisher would include some 3D color drawing in the future as some of the new 3D books from Poland do. The Anatomy of the ship books have become very valuable as the go out of print and become collectors items.
If your thinking about buying one don't wait it maybe $400 next year!
Here's what you get 24 Jun 2013
By David C. Nilsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Since you're reading an "Anatomy of the Ship" review, I'm going to assume that you're familiar with the series and like it, and know about the bajillion line drawings and photographs. This is one of those, and has that. However, if you're like me, you have some specific questions about the information contained, the same questions that I had. Having spent my $25.91, and gotten it in only 6 days (Free shipping is a good deal), I am now qualified to tell you.

Good stuff:
*Full line drawing plans of the ship, in 1:400, of the ship in her 1942 configuration (after being extensively rebuilt following mine damage). This is six two-page spreads and includes all separate decks.
*Outboard profile of the ship in her 1962 (post-refit) configuration, 1:400 scale, two-page spread.
*Two-page spread of her hull lines, armor plans, etc., (the durable stuff) from 1942 on.
*Two-page spread of superstructure changes from 1945-56 (i.e., the intermediate configurations between 1942 and 1962 plans above), including scrap views and notes on when various objects were installed, e.g., radars, gun directors.
* A nice 3/4 perspective view of bridge superstructure post-1959.
* Three pages of her mast rigs, 1939, 1942, 1959+.

Note: There are no profiles of her original 1939 configuration, but she only served in this for three months (Aug-Nov 1939) before hitting the mine, so that scarcely matters. However, there is a page of her 1939 foremast and mainmast top rig mentioned above.

All of the detailed stuff you'd expect about hull structure, compartments, machinery. High points here:
*Five pages of line drawings of all nine types of the light AA weapons she carried (Quad .50-cal, Octuple 2 Pdr Pom-Pom, Quad 2 Pdr Pom-Pom, Single 2 Pdr Pom-Pom, Twin 20mm Oerlikon, Single 20mm Oerlikon, 40mm "Boffin," Single 40mm Bofors, Twin 40mm Bofors)
*Seven pages of boats and launching gear, including 32' cutter, 27' MWB, 36' Pinnace, 16', 25', and 35' motorboat, 14' dinghy, LCP(L), 25' motor cutter, and 35' speed boat. (One review implies these are not here, but that is not the case.)
*Four pages on aircraft handling facilities and Walrus, but this stuff was removed in 1944.

Also Note: The 1:350 fold-out plan is on the inside of the dust jacket, so don't look for it inside the book.

WHAT IT DOES NOT HAVE:
No color on the inside. The only color is on the cover. This is a little disappointing, as Belfast has a nice, colorful disruptive scheme from 1942-43 that she currently wears, incorrectly in her post-1959 configuration, as a museum ship. There are no black-and-white camouflage diagrams, either, which is also disappointing, and very little discussion of paint schemes at all, save for a caption for a photograph about an "unusual color scheme" in 1946 which provides no further detail.

So, the only good view of her 1943 Admiralty Type 25 scheme is on the front cover, and that is port bow, so is naturally limited. Also, there is a teasy view on the back cover of a full color computer-generated deck-by-deck exploded view of the ship, but that is just eye candy, it is not in the book.

So, this book has most of the stuff that you need and want, but not necessarily everything you could wish for. There's probably a book out there with lots of color plates with all of her paint schemes, but it is not this one.
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