The Aircraft Carrier Hiryu

...Anatomy of the Ship, from Osprey Publishing

Title: The Aircraft Carrier Hiryu
Author: Stefan Draminski
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4728-4026-4

My first reaction on receiving this new book? Wow! 'The Anatomy of the Ship', landscape format, a 336-page hard-cover book and packed with a basic history of the ship but by far the bulk is made up from scale plans and associated 3D colour computer artwork. It shows each part of the ship in simply stunning detail.
It is split into 3 main section, each one with distinct sib-sections. It opens with the technical details and the history of the ship, famous for taking part in the attack on Pearl Harbor, before being sunk during the Battle of Midway. This includes some useful archive photos. Section 2 is the start of the artwork, with primary views of the ship, showing it from both sides and plan views at different times, and includes colour views showing separately both the 1st and 2nd waves of aircraft ranged on deck. In the larger section 3, we have a mix of line drawings and colour 3D artwork showing General Arrangements, Hull & Hanger structures, Superstructure, Flight Deck, Armament, Fire Control & Optical Equipment, Fittings, Aircraft and Boats. Far too much detail to even try and describe what you'll find in here, but the cross-sections at various frames along the length of the hull are amazing colour and detail references for modellers.
The scales of the line drawings do vary within the book, as they are sized to best fit the pages. All together, you have a magnificent colour reference to finish a model, while the hull profiles and detailed line drawings would allow larger scale ship modellers to build their own if you are looking for a challenge! I have seen similar books with 3D artwork before, but nothing has come close the sheer detail and quantity to be found in this one. Simply stunning book.
Thanks to Osprey for the review copy.

Robin