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Kagero Publishing
Japanese Heavy Cruiser Tone

Super Drawings in 3D

 

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Kagero Publishing
Japanese Heavy Cruiser Tone
Super Drawings in 3D
ISBN: 9978-83-62878-07-9

Contents & Media:

80 pages, A4 sized with soft cover, 15 pages of text and 150 full coloured art-works plus 1 large page of plans, port, starboard and plan views on one side and various line drawings of the superstructure on the other.

Price:

€20.99 Available online from Kagero Publishing

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Unbelievable detail on every aspect of this ship in full colour.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

If you’re into Japanese heavy cruisers then this book is a must have.


Reviewed by Glen Porter


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FirstRead

 

Tone and her sister Chikuma were the last heavy cruisers built before Japan entered the Second World War. They also benefited from an inquiry into previous ships being week in the hull due to over use of welding and so these two were largely riveted.

Although intended to be repeats of the Mogami class, which were built as light cruisers because of their 155mm (6 inch) guns, later up gunned to 203mm (8 inch) thus reclassifying them to heavy cruisers, the Tones were built with the 203mm guns right from the start. The four twin turrets, the Mogamis’ had five, were all place forward with No.2 super firing over No.1 facing forward and No.3 and 4 on the main deck facing aft.

This left the after deck clear for aircraft use. They were designed to carry up to nine reconnaissance sea planes although rarely were this number ever carried.

They remained popular with both staff and crews through out their careers.

These 3D books by Kagero are unbelievably good. The first 15 Pages are mainly text describing design, construction, armour, guns, boats, aircraft and history with just a few bits of art but from then on it’s mainly 2 views per page. They look at the subject ships from every conceivable angle with the exception of perhaps, from directly below. In some scenes, where objects like boats or airoplanes are removable, they are left out to show the detail behind and, of course, it’s all in glorious colour.


 

Conclusion

 

Even photographic walk rounds of the actual ships would not give the modeller this degree of clarity and detail making then indispensable to the serious builder.

Thanks to Kagero for this review sample.


Review Copyright 2012 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 2 May, 2012
Last updated 2 May, 2012

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