"Warship Pictorial #17 - IJN Myoko Class Cruisers"
by Steve Wiper
Softcover, 74 pages
Published by Classic Warship Publishing
Publication date: October 2002
The four Heavy Cruisers of the Myoko Class; Myoko, Ashigara, Haguro and Nachi were all laid down in the late 1920's and, when launched, stood second to none in almost every respect. Well….Except for maybe armor protection compared to some contemporaries of the time…Their design, however, proved to be very accommodating and the Japanese Navy modified these cruisers repeatedly through the 1930's as well as WWII, constantly improving weaponry and various aspects of protection. Photos of these ships while under construction, while being modernized and while underway in peace-time will look familiar to most IJN fans. What I found most interesting were the many various shots of weapons, deck fittings, crews at battle-stations, ships in drydock, battle-damage and the sheer clarity and detail of these photos is very impressive having been used to seeing only a grainy images in other publications. There is also, in the center of the book, a large fold-out, color graphic rendering of the Myoko in 1/400 scale while in her 1941 configuration. Making up the front and back covers of the book are colorized images of the Myoko and Ashigara.
I believe that the excellent images that Steve has found will be very welcome to ship modelers as there are many photos of deck details which will certainly aid in accurate detailing for model building. Having been very impressed with the two previous IJN topics from Classic Warships Publishing, I anxiously await their next expected release, the "Takao" Class Heavy Cruisers. (QB)
You can order this book from the following sources: Pacific Front Hobbies, White Ensign Models, The Floating Drydock, Christian Schmidt Bookstore , Colpar Hobbies and all books are sold through the dealers listed above and at your local hobby shop / Military Book Store. Get it; you won't be sorry. (QB)