|If you are building the 1/700 Dragon-Shanghai Tarawa or Saipan, the
Italeri Nassau or the Revell Wasp, this book is the single source of reference
photos you will need.
The book begins with a short introduction to amphibious operations,
and starts you off with B+W photos of some of the existing amphibious ships,
as well as their predecessors, including the WWII Casablanca class, modified
Essex class and the early helo carriers such as the LPH Guam and Okinawa.
There are also photos of the LPDs, LSTs and LSDs.
What follows are dozens of B+W and color photos of the the Tarawa class
ships, showing the vessels from all angles and in close up and from farther
away. Also clearly illustrated are the helicopters and other aircraft carried
on the assault ships, including CH-46's, CH-53's, Harriers and Broncos.
Close-ups include mast and radar shots, the UNREP station, stern doors,
deck elevators and the characteristic massive island structures of these
ships. Of interest but less utility to the modeler are shots inside the
ships, showing mess and medical facilities.
The last third of the book offers the same treatment for the Wasp class
assault ships. In addition to the details of the ships themselves (as before,
stern gates, masts and radars, etc.), you are treated to several nice images
of the embarked LCACs (hovercraft) and of vehicles being made ready in
the welldeck of the ship. A couple of amazing pictures of a Wasp class
ship being constructed round out the book.
The appeal to modelers of these assault ships lies in large part in the
amount of detail that can be added. The variations on what to show with
your model are wide: multiple helos being readied to descend on a hostile
beach, hovercraft pulling out of the well deck or even the as-yet-not-ready
for prime time Osprey's spooling up. This book provides the photographic
references needed to accurately model these massive ships.
If you are interested primarily in photos, this book is your source.
For those interested in more of the history of these classes of ships,
as well as amphibious tactics in general, you may prefer U.S.
Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History instead.
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