by: Gremlin56 [ ]
Having bought Trumpeter's 1/200th scale model of the German's legendary battleship, along with about 1 kilo of accompanying brass photo etch add on material, it was a logical step to buy Kagero’s 3D Bismarck book as a reference for my build. Number 9 in the series of 18 publications, the book was first published in 2010 and is a veritable mine of information on how the deck configuration was on this mighty ship. Translation was done by Kazimierz Zygadlo, cover artwork by Waldemar Góralski and the description of the images was written Grzegorz Nowak. ISBN number 978-83-61220-75-6. This is first of Kagero 3D books I review that I purchased myself.
The book is in the by now familiar format of a short history of the ship followed by the technical specifications, 87 pages of magnificent drawings, and the very useful fold out sheet of black and white line drawings. According to authors the Bismarck is portrayed in her 1941 configuration and comparison to other reference books shows that Kagero got their research for the book right.
Their history of the Bismarck also contains a reference to the doubts now accepted by modern naval historians that the Bismarck and Tirpitz were not state of the art warships but more a development of the World war I German battleships (check out Antony Preston’s “the World’s worst warships”, ISBN 0 85177 754 6) showing that Kagero is on the ball here too.
The colour scheme used in the illustrations was probably accepted in 2010, but research by John Asmussen and Eric Leon (German Naval Camouflage part 1, 1939 – 1941, ISBN 978-1-84832-142-7) shows that the scheme used by the Bismarck during her final and fateful voyage was subtly different. This is a minor gripe though and will probably lead to some “Riveting” discussions on-line.
The illustrations are as usual magnificent, portraying the Bismarck in all her glory.
Every detail can be viewed making identification of the model's features easy.
The included line drawings are a very welcome addition to the book making rigging the Bismarck easier.
An obligatory purchase for any serious modeller tackling Trumpeter’s 1/200th Bismarck. The colour scheme used in the book is debatable, but for me not a problem. Once again a magnificent offering by Kagero.