Warship Perspectives
Flower Class Corvettes of World War Two
by John Lambert
Have you been eyeing that big old 1/72 scale Flower Class Corvette, or maybe you want to turn one of White Ensign Models resin kits into a masterpiece. Well, Warship Perspectives, has another book dedicated to providing the modeler with an abundance of information to build it right. This book is a 96 page soft cover book in 12 x 9 format. 
John Lambert has really outdone himself with over ten pages of detailed drawing of e the weapons.  I don't think any of the weapons that the Flower Class carried has been overlooked. Depth charges, Hedgehogs, mine clearing gear, searchlights, radar, and other details are superbly reproduced some in perspective view give you a great feel for not only how they looked but how they were placed on the ship.
There are many plan and elevation drawing of the early and late Flower Class Corvettes. Some view are shown as sections so you really get a complete view of the whole ship inside and out. There are hull lines, and even hull plating details. As if all the plans and photo's wasn't enough you get a complete listing of all the HMS and HMCS commissioned with the dates, and builder details.
There are over 50 images of many of the Flower Class Corvettes, showing the many variations of this class. The photo's, most of which have never been published before  are of a much higher quality than previously seen by this publisher, and one can easily make out the details that make the Flower Class so interesting. There were only a couple of photo's that were a little on the dark side.
Camouflage Schemes are provided by Alan Raven for 23 of the Corvettes in gray scale. The illustrations are accompanied by keyed color numbers so it is easy to determine the actual colors carried. For accurate colors please see the Camouflage Volume 1 Royal Navy 1939-1941 book previously  reviewed here. 
An added bonus is a very detailed  set of D size (22" x 36") fold-out plans for the HMS Anemone in 1942. The plans have plan and profile views, with complete hull lines and even rigging details.

My conclusion is that this book is a must have for the Corvette enthusiast, and for anyone who enjoys highly detailed ship references.

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