by: Darren Baker [ ]
When it comes to reference titles aimed specifically at the modeller Kagero must rank among the top tiers of the genre. The titles in this series from Kagero specifically look at enabling the modeller to super detail a purchased model or for that matter to build a model from scratch. This title looks at the Russian Destroyer Spravedlivyy 1956.
This offering from Kagero is authored by Oleg Pomoshnikov and Jan Radziemski. The offering is a soft backed book with 82 pages between the covers. The card for the cover has a very glossy finish and is of a reasonable thickness to protect the pages within. The paper inside is very smooth and a nice semi matte finish. This text in this book is in English only and covers the first six pages. The text provides a nice insight into the vessel and its service in the Soviet Navy before it was sold to the Polish where it served under the name of Warszawa. The text is well written and I enjoyed reading the data provided.
The book being listed as 3D does not mean you need to wear a pair of glasses with red and blue lenses to look at the images, it does mean the images are displayed at angles other than the normal front and sides. With that said the book begins with views of the sides and top of the vessel in sections that has allowed a very good level of detail to be covered and for this detail to be replicated or checked against a model you may have.
The book then moves onto the drawn images that give the 3D titles their name, the 3D drawings. These drawings are very well replicated and show various aspects in great detail. The captions are what I would describe as short and to the point but sufficient for the purpose. The drawings here also take parts of the ship such as weapons systems and looking closely at the details on them. I was especially pleased to see the launches and lifeboats covered in detail.
Also included with this title is a fold out sheet that displays the vessel from both sides, top, front and rear in 1/200th scale that will enable those with the needed skills to tackle a scratch build of the boat. On the rear side are specific aspects of the vessel in very nice scale drawings, but unfortunately Kagero has decided to depict these in 1/100th scale; I know it is not difficult to alter this scale down and in fairness it does allow extra detail to be provided, but I would have liked to see a set scale utilised throughout.
Another excellent title joining the 3D range of titles covering ships generally and in this case the Spravedlivyy specifically. The data will enable those modellers with the required skills to build a very accurate model of the Spravedlivyy destroyer in any number of scales if you alter the provided drawings. If you need reference for this vessel or indeed wish to scratch the vessel this is the book to seek out for the task.