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Warships of the Great War Era: A History in Ship Models Hardcover – 30 Aug 2014
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About the Author
DAVID HOBBS spent 33 years as a RN pilot, and since retirement has spent a period as Curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum and become the author of many highly regarded books, including A Century of Naval Aviation (2009) and The British Pacific Fleet (2011).
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This has been done,and the photography,for the most part,is excellent. I do not understand why it was thought necessary to include contemporary plastic or resin models in the book,there are now many other volumes and web sites where these can be viewed,as well as model shows. I was also miffed,as a fan of the Royal Navy,to find foreign ships included-this could have been done in a second volume,perhaps with direct comparisons between the designs of US/German and Japanese vessels-I'd buy that too!
The text is no doubt interesting,but it is the photos that will sell the book,and several are dark,of darkly painted models that do not show well.A bonus was the inclusion of a few pictures of Norman Ough's work,although not strictly builders models of the period covered, a joy to see.
If this review sounds a little luke warm it is that I had high hopes of seeing more models, now locked away from public view,probably forever. Perhaps if the book is a success there will be more, I hope so.
It is unlikely those of us who are interested in the Great War and the ships that fought in it will learn much that is new through reading it, but, if you buy it, I am sure you will be delighted by superb photographs of some of the best models of ships you will ever see.
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