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Cruiser Maya by Waldemar Gorialski and Dariusz Miszczak

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The last of the last class of IJN cruisers, the heavy cruiser Maya was twice modernised for an AA role in 1944 - and is shown here in her final configuration. There is an excellent analysis of the effectiveness (and otherwise) of these improvements. The 700 crew listed in Jane's seems to have been swollen to over 1000 by the time she was sunk by the submarine USS Dace that October during the battle of Leyte Gulf. How such a crew were crammed in is of course beyond the scope of this sort of work.

Six pages of illustrated and well-written explanatory and historical text and constructional details are followed by 72 pages of very elegant detailed colour pictures of the ship, and her armament and deck equipment and its arrangement, from several different angles. The quality of the artwork, developed from a 3D computer model, is superb as are the overall production and presentation standards.

Included with this A4-size softback book is an A2 drawing showing port, starboard, overhead and other detail. There are dozens of other volumes in this series advertised at the end, illustrating ships from battlecruisers to submarines from six different navies. Any of these would be a perfect gift for a model maker (which Goralski is), so complete is the coverage of each subject's visual appearance.
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