Keystone Battlewagon
USS California (BB-44)
by Myron J. Smith
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
This book is the third in a series of books covering some of the famous ships of war. This one covers the Battleship California from beginning to her end.
The book include a large number of photo's showing the California as built and in her Pearl Harbor appearance. Her damage at Pearl Harbor and recovery are well documented in photo's and text.
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There are two really nice rendering showing her 1941 and 45 appearance side by side by Alan Chesley. Also included is a nice plan and profile drawing of her 1936 appearance. click to enlarge
Her reconstruction is well documented in photo's and text showing the many changes she underwent during her career. There is even a chapter on her successor the Nuclear Guided Cruiser CGN-36.
This 8-1/4" x 11" soft book has 44 pages and is a great resource for anyone who is interested in the California. This would be a great resource for anyone wanting to convert that Banner Arizona to a Pennsylvania. At only $7.95 US it is a great value to the modeler and warship enthusiast alike.

Special thanks to East Coast Miniatures for the review sample. Check out their website for other books in this series as well as a growing line of kits.