Profile for C. E. Taylor > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by C. E. Taylor
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,377
Helpful Votes: 476

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
C. E. Taylor (Warwickshire UK)

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
U-Boat Manual (Owners' Workshop Manual)
U-Boat Manual (Owners' Workshop Manual)
by Alan Gallop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.94

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some useful photos, otherwise very poor indeed, 11 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is an example of someone taking several books, adding very little, and making another one. Along with new errors of fact and interpretation
Other reviewers on Amazon have heavily criticised this book on it's contents and accuracy . Quite rightly. Heed their warnings

It contains a basic introduction to the history of German submarines, a fair collection of oft repeated photos and drawings. Plus some archive photos I do not recollect seeing before, and a splendid series of photos of the exterior and interior of the U-995 at Laboe as a museum. Although this boat has been heavily restored these photos do show a good deal of the interior and many of it's fittings (although I think some of the fittings are slighty out of period)

Other than the photos of U-995 and a few of other preserved U-boats this book has little else of value.
Not recommended.

British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II: Destroyers, Frigates, Sloops, Escorts, Minesweepers, Submarines, Coastal Forces and Auxiliaries
British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II: Destroyers, Frigates, Sloops, Escorts, Minesweepers, Submarines, Coastal Forces and Auxiliaries
by Malcolm George Wright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for modellers but a good book for the general naval enthusiast too !, 5 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There is an excellent review by Rob Atkinson which gives full details of the actual contents of this book so they do not need repeating.

However I would like to add some additional comments.

(a) The author has used his notes and drawings made over some fifty years of research . Unfortunately he has thus been unable to give exact source references to most of the over seven hundred drawings, other than a date year. This is the main drawback of this book as it is difficult to check the accuracy of a particular entry, or a specific date

(b) The author lays great stress on the fact that the ships were painted by men, usually under pressure , and not by the manual. Thus shortage of time, the shortage or absence of the correct shade, and other factors mean that the paint schemes often differ greatly to the official instructions. Too few other authors in this highly regimented modern age appreciate the human factor in history and his practical view is vey much welcome !

(c) The drawings are very conveniently arranged in Ship Type, Class and Individual ship name order and the index is very good. It does not go into the history of RN camouflage schemes. Which frankly is a blessing !

(d) The drawings are small, and especially the deck views (often omitted) are somewhat simple and diagrammatic. However the extended captions are extremely useful as they fully describe the exact configuration and usage of the vessel at that time . Some ships have drawings of them at varying times, in different configurations and camouflage - HMS Enchantress for example is shown in four different guises! This is of great use to the general naval researcher as well as the modeller, and one of the joys of this book.

The book is highly recommended to both modellers and the general warship enthusiasts .

The Royal Navy 1914-1918
The Royal Navy 1914-1918
by Adrian Vicary
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suitable only for the dedicated ship photograph collector, 3 April 2014
This is not a book for someone looking for a basic book on the warships of the Royal Navy in World War One. And it is certainly not a full guide to the RN ships of the period.
Basically a captioned photo album, it's worthwhile, if somewhat expensive, only to the dedicated RN warship enthusiast since it does contain some unusual and rare photos.

So what does it comprise of ?

A mixture of oft-seen photos of major ships of varying quality, and some slightly more unusual views of the major ships, often of poor quality. Plus many of minor vessels
However it's value lies in those minor ship photographs. From the smaller monitors to armed trawlers and yachts, tugs and tenders. Some uncommon views of the early aircraft carrying vessels, monitors and cruiser modifications. Some of early destroyer and submarine photos I've not encountered before. There are some real gems to be found.

The book is only 20cm by 26cm, on semi- matt paper. The photos are, on the whole , of low contrast and often poor quality. The average photo size is around 165mm by 100mm and photos occupy slightly less than half the page area, the text taking up, to my mind, too much of the space.

There is an index of ship's names and some statistical data tables.

Generally not recommended, unless, like me , you are a warship photograph anorak !

Epson Perfection V37 Photo 4800 dpi scanner with ReadyScan LED technology
Epson Perfection V37 Photo 4800 dpi scanner with ReadyScan LED technology
Price: £69.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to scan 3D Objects, 1 Mar 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My wife makes costume jewellery as a hobby and photographing it can be difficult . As scanners provides their own, very even lighting , in many respects they are often better than a camera for this purpose.

Most printer/scanner combinations use scanners with inadequate depth of field for such photography, but V37 will happily photograph items of considerable thickness very well. Certainly it's proved successful for our requirements.

The software provided is easy to install , providing you install IT first, THEN link the scanner.
It's easy to use, and gives several levels of complexity, varying with your needs and knowledge. Adequate for a total novice to run, but capable of semi-professional work in the right hands.

There is another model, the V370 which has the addition capabilities for slide and negative scanning, but at additional cost in price, size and awkwardness.
So if you only wish to copy prints, documents and 3D objects get the V37, it's far less cumbersome. and fiddly. And the V370's attachments are very easily broken or lost .

Despite being told that the box contained an instruction manual, ours only came with a very basic "get you started leaflet." The manual comes as an internet link . I suggest you load it as a PDF rather than call it up each time.
As others have remarked the machine has the cabling on the long side, so it's best used on the desk with the long side facing forward.

Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery
Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery
by Norman Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.25

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not an easy Reference Book., 18 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Norman Friedman's work needs no introduction and this fine book continues his high standards. However it must be said that being a narrative history rather than a catalogue of weapons and directors makes it a somewhat difficult task to use as a reference book.

The Royal Navy and the U S Navy are covered in full detail, but the Axis and other navies have less information. The post 1945 period is confined to 15 pages only.

The good points
- The photos and other illustrations are superbly reproduced and numerous. Gloss paper has helped. The drawings from official manuals are particularly useful.
- The extended captioning of the photos is extremely good.
- The general text information and the 68 pages of footnotes are superb and introduces subjects and detail never covered properly before. For example the concise coverage of the RN Rocket and UP weapons is the best I've seen. Also little gems such as the fact the USN was able to install more AA weapons on their ships than the RN in the Pacific due to a deliberate policy of using boats brought to forward bases specifically for warship use, rather than carrying them on each warship. The British used valuable deck space carrying bulky, heavy, boats
- The text size, although small, is larger than the previous Seaforth offering, Hobbs " British Aircraft Carriers ", a blessing to those of us with reluctant eyesight.

The bad points
- There is only one Appendix, Gun data, which is by no means complete.
I feel very strongly that the book would have been greatly improved if a full listing of directors could have been provided, with a small photo/drawing of each. This could have been referenced to the pages in the main text and enabled quick identification of items seen in photos in other books.
- The Index is slightly erratic in coverage .

But still a superb book.

I would recommend purchase !

LG NB2020A Speaker Bar
LG NB2020A Speaker Bar

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price but not very durable, 5 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Basic in features but did the job for year okay

The remote control is exceedingly flimsy and soon broke after a minor drop on the floor. Most remotes will withstand this treatment but this is the most fragile I have ever encountered.

Easy to set up, but needs a better quality optical lead than the very poor one supplied

One year and three days after purchase ( I.e. a few days after warranty expired ) this speaker bar failed to work. After switching on and off it resumed functionality, but now has a minor intermittent fault of failing for a second or so every few minutes.
When ( soon) we replace, it will not be another LG

We may have been unluckly, but seeing how fragile the remote was the durability seems poor overall
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 19, 2014 1:18 PM BST

Imperial Russian Navy 1890s-1916
Imperial Russian Navy 1890s-1916
by Vladimir Krestjaninov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.24

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 13 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Other reviewers have covered the content of this book and I agree that their criticism of the translator is well founded !

So I will only add a few comments, mainly about the photos.

The book only covers the peacetime navy, the wartime periods are promised for possible future books.

There is no tabular information of any kind, nor is there an index.

The book has been printed nicely on good, albeit non-glossy paper. Photo reproduction is good, although slightly too contrasty for my taste. Much better than the average Russian production

The photos, of which there are over four hundred, break down roughly
Royal Family, Senior and other officers, including groups - 22%
Full ship views, many rather familiar, - 23%
Ship detail views, including onboards. - 22%
Fleet, harbour and shipyard scenes - 16%
Crew shots - 12%
Miscellaneous - 5%

The allocation is somewhat arbitrary, especially as to which photos are mainly a crew shoot, and which an onboard of ship detail !

But for the money the detail and inboard shots alone are worth it !

British Aircraft Carriers: Design, Development & Service Histories
British Aircraft Carriers: Design, Development & Service Histories
by David Hobbs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.25

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a Classic, 8 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book, by an ex-Fleet Air Arm pilot and later curator of the FAA Museum, will undoubtedly become regarded as THE authoritative book on British Aircraft carriers and naval aviation.
Cdr Hobbs previously published books include "Aircraft Carriers of the Royal & Commonwealth Navies " and "Royal Navy Escort Carriers" which are already established as standard works. This book virtually supercedes, and greatly expands them to cover the entire history of British naval aviation and it's carriers.
It combines the technical and operational history of the carriers, in far more detail than any prior work, plus considerable information on carrier procedure and comparisons with foreign navies

The Good Points
(which far outnumber the weaknesses)

The book uses the narrative of British naval aviation development as the basis for the ship details, in a very easy to follow way, while still enabling each class and ship to be individually examined. Sometimes by splitting a ship's history etc into sections through two or three chapters - which has been very skillfully done indeed. A considerable improvement on Norman Friedman's otherwise excellent but sometimes difficult to follow " British Carrier Aviation"

The photographs and plans are apposite, well chosen and well captioned. And there are plenty of them. Glossy paper helps.

The author's experience is well used to explain many features of naval operational procedure on board which until now have been unfamiliar to most of us. This is one of the book's great virtues

The degree of technical detail, both in the text and the tables far exceeds that previously available, especially in the post 1960 period. Indeed I am somewhat surprised that much of it has now been made public. And most is of great interest , and very little is too dry, for the average reader.

The post Second World War period is covered extremely well, with much new information, which at last makes sense of a confusing period. The author shows his biases in an unconcealed manner, but as most readers, including myself, will probably agree with his views over the political mismanagement, I see this not as a fault but a virtue! The details of the Queen Elizabeth class are good, and give a good overview of the current state of play.

The Bad Points

The author seems, perhaps deliberately, to have largely avoided the major difference between the American and British navies over the use of the flight deck for permanent aircraft storage. As it affected dramatically the aircraft capacity (the USN carriers had far more capacity due to accepting this) I feel it should have been given more coverage

The photographic reproduction, although acceptable, is not to Seaforth's usual quality. It would seem that most of the out-of-copyright material (all marked, unhelpfully , "Author's Collection" ) is from second generation prints and is slightly "grainier" and of poorer contrast than it should be.

The book sports several beautiful fold-out ships Admiralty profile drawings - the best reproduced I've ever seen. But the reduction in size has rendered illegible most of the captioning and made an always difficult task of interpretation largely impossible.

Seaforth's Attempts to Ruin the Eyesight of its Readers ( SARTER) continues. The typeface has had to be reduced in size to accommodate a vast amount of text. Consequently it can be somewhat tiring to read , especially by artificial light, for prolonged periods . The photo captions are in even smaller type, albeit mercifully in bold. But given the choose of less data or bigger type, I certainly prefer the former. Perhaps Seaforth should have considered a slightly bolder version of this size. But one cannot have everything.

A Personal Quibble

The author's Introduction states that it covers "all those ships which had the operation of aircraft as their primary purpose . The book includes , quite rightly in my opinion , HMS Ocean, but omits RFA "Engadine " (1967 -1989). Although a Royal Fleet Auxiliary I think her long service deserves at least a footnote. My first helicopter flight was made in 1969 from this ship so perhaps I'm prejudiced!

This is still however a magnificent book and a "must buy "

Fisual 0.75m Super Pearl Digital Optical Cable
Fisual 0.75m Super Pearl Digital Optical Cable
Offered by AudioVisual Online

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Extra, 11 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought a sound bar as both my wife and I are getting on a bit and were having a little difficulty on clearly hearing speech on the TV.
We opted for the LG NB 2020A as a cheap answer. A bit disappointed with it, until we replaced the very flimsy optical cable that it came with by a Fisual Super Pearl . Substantial thing although flexible enough not to cause problems.
Speech showed a definite improvement , eliminating the sibilant hiss which was occurring .
You are wasting your money , in my opinion , if you buy a sound bar without a really good lead. Try this one !
Came well packed, by post, very quickly .

Sterimar Isotonic Nasal Hygiene Nasal Spray 100ml-PACK OF 3
Sterimar Isotonic Nasal Hygiene Nasal Spray 100ml-PACK OF 3
Offered by Activecare Online
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheapest source !, 9 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I looked around for this product at virtually all the High Street sources. No one sold it for under £7 that I could find.
But if you are prepared to buy three at a time, these come, on Amazon Free Delivery, at just under £6 each. By Royal Mail, so no couriers involved.
As they are long dated, a worthwhile saving.

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4