Warship Pictorial #17
IJN Myoko Class Cruisers

by Steve Wiper of Classic Warships
reviewed by Timothy Dike
Similar to the proceeding Aoba class, the four Myoko class cruisers were the first Japanese Heavy Cruisers built over the 10,000 limit. They exceeded that limit even in their light configuration with no fuel and supplies loaded. The additional weigh came in the form of better armor protection. In addition they had a formidable punch in the form a 10 eight inch main guns mounted in five turrets. Each one of these ship saw extensive use during the second world war, as evidenced by the fact that none of them survived. Their careers are well documented in this latest release from Classic Warship.
Like the other books in the Warship Pictorial series, this one is packed full of photo's. Most of them I have never seen in print before, the ones I recognize appear to be of much better quality. The book is divided into sections with each ship in the class covered from building to their end.  click to
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There is a wide variety of images that show the ship in many different angles. Some of the pictures were taken of the crew from different angles. These are some of the most interesting as they reveal areas of the ship not normally seen.
The centerfold is a color rendered 1/400 scale plan and elevation of the Myoko as she appeared in 1941. The drawing is a full 8-1/4" x 22" when unfolded and I was tempted to remove it from the book and hang it on the wall.
As usual all the photo's are well captioned and Steve Wiper has taken the time to make note of the details we are most interested in.
There are photo's of the ship during the prewar years and in action during the war. Note the image on the right taken from the Ashigara showing the DKM Graf Spee in the background. 

Finally we have an english language book that covers these ships in detail. A great book for anyone interested in Japanese Cruisers. This book is 74 pages  with 112 black & white photos, a 1/400 scale centerfold, Complete record of movement for each ship in the class, and general statistics throughout the years in a  8-1/4" x 11" soft book format. With a retail price of $15.95 US this book is an excellent value.


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