Reviewed by Glen Porter
Class Russian Battleships is available online from Squadron.com
The Russian Sevastopol class of Battleships, as first built, could have sat
most comfortably among German High Seas Fleet. Below the water-line, however,
they were a little bit different. Each had an icebreaker bow and twin tandem
Laid down in 1909, from a German, Blohm-Voss design, the four ships took so long
to complete that by the start of the First World War, they lagged some what
behind other contemporary warships. The four ships of the class were named
Sevastopol [class name ship], Poltava, Petropavlovsk and Gangut.
Text, in English, starts with a short history leading up to the design and
construction of the class, a technical description including armour and
armaments, modifications in the 1920s and 30s and then a complete history of
each ship from construction to the breakers, in the case of the Gangut, a life
of nearly forty years.
There are diagrams of the arnour and machinery lay-outs, all the guns including
those fitted at later dates and various modification programs, some of which
didn't come to fruition.
Inside the front and rear covers are four colour side and plan profiles of three
of the ships at various times in their careers. These profiles are very
attractive and give a good idear of the colours of differant aspects of the
Three separate double-sided sets of plans in 1/400 scale are suplied of all four
ships, again, at various stages of their lives, which would be very handy for
anyone wishing to scratch-build one of these ships. These plans reside inside
the rear cover in a special holder.
This book is obviously the first in a series of warship monographs by Maciej S.
Sobanski and apart from some small Polglish [Polish-English] interpretations, is
a very good read.
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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Last updated 29 March, 2005
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