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IJN Yamato Class Book Review by John Asmussen
Book Title
Warship Pictorial #25 - IJN Yamato Class Battleships
Author
Steve Wiper
Publisher
Classic Warships Publishing
ISBN Number
0-9745687-4-0
Published
March 2004
Retail Price
$13.95 US
Warship Pictorial #25 - IJN Yamato Class Battleships - Book Review
The Yamato Class battleships were the largest battleships ever built. Before I obtained this book I had already three books about Yamato and Musashi.

Classic Warships always put a lot of efforts into the cover of their books. The front cover for the Yamato Class book is a genuine masterpiece showing a painting made by famous naval artist Tom Freeman.

It is well-known that not many photos of these ships exist., as almost all documents and photos were destroyed by the Japanese. I know many have searched the internet to try to find new photos of these giants, just like I have. Now I can see almost all existing photos in the new book from Classic Warships and even in a much better quality than I have seen before. Generally the photo quality is lower than in the other books from Classic Warships, but the photos of the Yamato Class ships simply aren't better. But I'm sure you can recognise from the samples below that the photo quality here is quite good.

The book cover Yamato, Musashi and even Shinano, that was converted into an aircraft carrier. The book also tells the histories of all three ships.

The book is 64 pages + cover with 70 black and white and one colorized photographs. Many I have never seen before. Also 8 sets of technical drawings and general statistics are included.

The book fills a gap in my reference library and I'm sure it will for many others.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in these ships.

Notice: The book is out of print.

Warship Pictorial #25 - IJN Yamato Class Battleships
The histories of all three ships are covered in the book. Here is a part of Yamato's history. One of the wellknown photos of Yamato, but I have not before seen such a good quality version of this photo.
Great photos of the 127 mm flak guns on Yamato. Wonderful view across the forecastle of Musashi.
Great portrait showing the Japanese Emperor and naval officers on board Musashi. Notice the superstructure details. Very useful for ship modellers. Excellent recoloured photo by the author on the back cover. The genuine black and white version of the photo is of course inside the book.

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Notice: The book is out of print.

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