Pictorial's Type VII U-Boat book is available online from Squadron.com
For those of us with a Revell Type VII U-boat still to build, this title comes
as a welcome piece of inspiration.
Classic Warships Publishing has used the familiar Squadron/Signal soft cover
format to provide the reader with a formidable collection of images. Within the
72 pages, there are over 120 photographs, including some in colour.
The images are very well printed with many being devoted a whole page. This
set-up allows much detail to be observed and is a real boon to the modeller. In
the cases where multiple photographs take up the viewing space, these are done
in such a way as to not compromise the feature being portrayed.
By necessity, some of the photos will be familiar but there is plenty of new
material that will delight the U-boat aficionado. The captions are informative
and add much to the subject being depicted.
Interspersed throughout the pages, are twelve colour profiles displaying the
wide variety of schemes worn by these predators. Most are done to 1:260 scale
and they generally reside 4 to a page.
The book starts off with a history of the Type VII before presenting the “meat”
of the book…the photographs. This includes specific sections relating to
camouflage, the 88mm deck gun, anti aircraft weapons, and the schnorkel. These
contain grouped images of the subject in question and provide some useful pages
The book finishes with a table showing the hull number, its type, and the date
and place of construction.
The number and size of the photographs reproduced in this book, make it an
invaluable reference aid. It will give the reader much enjoyment and every
viewing seems to reveal another detail in one of the images.
Review sample courtesy of JB Wholesalers