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Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Steve Backer

Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Steve Backer

Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Steve Backer

Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Steve Backer

Shipcraft 20

This book is firmly aimed at people planning to make detailed models of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, perhaps the most successful of the German battleships of the Second World War. The target audience presumably lies somewhere between the novice (who wouldn't need this much detail) and the scratch builder (who would need more). The model maker is provided with reviews of the main models and the accessories that provide extra details, as well as a design history of the ships and the changes made to them as well as plenty of pictures and eight sets of line plans of the two ships (with a top and side view in each set).

Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were probably the most effective of the German capital ships, less vulnerable than the earlier pocket battleships and less costly than Bismarck and Tirpitz. The modelling detail is supported by a design history of the ships and a look at their service careers, which ended with Gneisenau abandoned during a rebuilding and Scharnhorst sunk by the Royal Navy. There is enough of a general history of the ships for this book to be of interest to non-modellers, while someone aiming at producing an accurate model of either ship should find the book to be of great value.

Chapters
1 - Design
2 - Careers
3 - Model Products
4 - Modelmaker's Showcase
5 - Camouflage Schemes
6 - Appearance

Author: Steve Backer
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 64
Publisher: Seaforth
Year: 2012



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A history of the service careers and advice on making models of “perhaps the most successful of the German battleships of the Second World War” ( History of War ).

The ShipCraft series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale planes. The modeling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research reference books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as battlecruisers in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.

“For both vessels, the book gives details of modifications carried out, while a wealth of clear and detailed photographs and line drawings illustrate the ships themselves, as well as items of equipment.” — Ships Monthly


ISBN 13: 9781848321526

The ‘ShipCraft’ series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale plans. The modeling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references – books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as �ttlecruisers’ in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.


Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: Shipcraft 20 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 December 2012

This is another in the "Shipcraft" series published in the UK. These paperbacks are produced to a very high standard and are aimed primarily at modelers, but are also good for those with interest in the subject matter from a historical perspective.

This volume covers two of Germany's four modern WWII battleships, the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau (though referred to as "battlecruisers" by the British, the Germans themselves always rated these as full battleships). These were handsome ships and had a very active war, so there has always been considerable interest in them from students of Second World War naval operations.

Here's what you get in this volume:

Apx 25 pages of text covering the design, operational history, appearance, and refits of these two ships over their careers. There are numerous well-captioned B&W photos, many of which this reviewer had not seen before despite having several other books on this subject. The book is on glossy paper so the reproduction quality for pictures is very good. The operational history is brief and with no real revelations, but it does the job of covering all the major points.

Apx 10 pages of model products consisting of color photos and reviews of the various scale model kits and accessories that are currently available. (This information, obviously, is time sensitive.)

Apx 15 pages of "Modelmakers' Showcase" in which some expertly made models of these ships are depicted each with several close-up color photos and brief comments. As ever in this series, the skills of the master model makers will take your breath away, and it is amazing the realism they are able to achieve. Because of the incredible attention to detail, the photos of the models are often highly useful as a guide to how the real ships looked (there being, perhaps, no published historical shots of precisely the portion of the real ship which you are interested in).

Also included are color profile drawings showing various camouflage schemes, plus plan and profile drawings of both ships at various stages in their careers (including an interesting one showing how Gneisenau would have looked had the conversion to 15-inch twin main turrets been completed). Lastly, a useful annotated bibliography of other historical references is included.

This series is nicely produced, and this volume is no exception. Though aimed at modelers (a must-have if interested in these ships), this would also be a useful addition to the library of anyone with a special interest in the Kriegsmarine in general or the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in particular. Given 5 stars as a modelers guide, which is how it is intended would be 4 stars as a historical reference only due to brevity.


Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: 20 Paperback – Illustrated, 30 August 2012

This is another in the "Shipcraft" series published in the UK. These paperbacks are produced to a very high standard and are aimed primarily at modelers, but are also good for those with interest in the subject matter from a historical perspective.

This volume covers two of Germany's four modern WWII battleships, the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau (though referred to as "battlecruisers" by the British, the Germans themselves always rated these as full battleships). These were handsome ships and had a very active war, so there has always been considerable interest in them from students of Second World War naval operations.

Here's what you get in this volume:

Apx 25 pages of text covering the design, operational history, appearance, and refits of these two ships over their careers. There are numerous well-captioned B&W photos, many of which this reviewer had not seen before despite having several other books on this subject. The book is on glossy paper so the reproduction quality for pictures is very good. The operational history is brief and with no real revelations, but it does the job of covering all the major points.

Apx 10 pages of model products consisting of color photos and reviews of the various scale model kits and accessories that are currently available. (This information, obviously, is time sensitive.)

Apx 15 pages of "Modelmakers' Showcase" in which some expertly made models of these ships are depicted each with several close-up color photos and brief comments. As ever in this series, the skills of the master model makers will take your breath away, and it is amazing the realism they are able to achieve. Because of the incredible attention to detail, the photos of the models are often highly useful as a guide to how the real ships looked (there being, perhaps, no published historical shots of precisely the portion of the real ship which you are interested in).

Also included are color profile drawings showing various camouflage schemes, plus plan and profile drawings of both ships at various stages in their careers (including an interesting one showing how Gneisenau would have looked had the conversion to 15-inch twin main turrets been completed). Lastly, a useful annotated bibliography of other historical references is included.

This series is nicely produced, and this volume is no exception. Though aimed at modelers (a must-have if interested in these ships), this would also be a useful addition to the library of anyone with a special interest in the Kriegsmarine in general or the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in particular. Given 5 stars as a modelers guide, which is how it is intended would be 4 stars as a historical reference only due to brevity.


Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Steve Backer - History

The &lsquoShipCraft&rsquo series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale plans. The modeling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references &ndash books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as &lsquobattlecruisers&rsquo in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.


A history of the service careers and advice on making models of “perhaps the most successful of the German battleships of the Second World War” (History of War).

The ShipCraft series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale planes. The modeling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research reference books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as battlecruisers in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.

“For both vessels, the book gives details of modifications carried out, while a wealth of clear and detailed photographs and line drawings illustrate the ships themselves, as well as items of equipment.” —Ships Monthly


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When I was a young guy I was spending a few days on vacation in London and one of my sightseeing subjects was " HMS Belfast " where I saw the beautyful model of the German battleship " Scharnhorst ". Since that moment " Scharnhorst " is " my " ship and it is my aim to get as much information about this ship as possible.
For me as a German the history of the battleship " Scharnhorst " ( and her sister ship " Gneisenau " ) is known and most of the photographs are known too but that's not important. The value of this book are the listing of the model kits which are available or which had been available with the pros and cons and the reports and the pics of the kits being build. Also very interesting are the colour shemes at different times and the profiles of the ship.

In summary I can say that it is a great book. In particular for those ones who want to build a model kit of either " Scharnhost " or " Gneisenau " in any scale.


A history of the service careers and advice on making models of “perhaps the most successful of the German battleships of the Second World War” (History of War).

The ShipCraft series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale planes. The modeling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research reference books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

The two German ships which form the subject of this volume were among the first products of rearmament under Hitler. For political reasons they were neither as large nor as well armed as foreign equivalents, but they were very fast, which led them to be described as battlecruisers in some quarters. They enjoyed an adventurous war, both surviving heavy damage, before Scharnhorst was sunk in an epic gun battle off the North Cape, while Gneisenau succumbed to heavy air attack.

“For both vessels, the book gives details of modifications carried out, while a wealth of clear and detailed photographs and line drawings illustrate the ships themselves, as well as items of equipment.” —Ships Monthly


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When I was a young guy I was spending a few days on vacation in London and one of my sightseeing subjects was " HMS Belfast " where I saw the beautyful model of the German battleship " Scharnhorst ". Since that moment " Scharnhorst " is " my " ship and it is my aim to get as much information about this ship as possible.
For me as a German the history of the battleship " Scharnhorst " ( and her sister ship " Gneisenau " ) is known and most of the photographs are known too but that's not important. The value of this book are the listing of the model kits which are available or which had been available with the pros and cons and the reports and the pics of the kits being build. Also very interesting are the colour shemes at different times and the profiles of the ship.

In summary I can say that it is a great book. In particular for those ones who want to build a model kit of either " Scharnhost " or " Gneisenau " in any scale.


Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: Shipcraft 20 Paperback – 1 December 2012

When I was a young guy I was spending a few days on vacation in London and one of my sightseeing subjects was " HMS Belfast " where I saw the beautyful model of the German battleship " Scharnhorst ". Since that moment " Scharnhorst " is " my " ship and it is my aim to get as much information about this ship as possible.
For me as a German the history of the battleship " Scharnhorst " ( and her sister ship " Gneisenau " ) is known and most of the photographs are known too but that's not important. The value of this book are the listing of the model kits which are available or which had been available with the pros and cons and the reports and the pics of the kits being build. Also very interesting are the colour shemes at different times and the profiles of the ship.

In summary I can say that it is a great book. In particular for those ones who want to build a model kit of either " Scharnhost " or " Gneisenau " in any scale.

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