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- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (5 de febrero de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1475099509
- ISBN-13: 978-1475099508
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US Battleship Conversion Projects 1942-1965 an illustrated technical reference (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 5 feb 2013
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This book covers the exciting Post-WWII/Cold War Era of rapidly changing military technology. During this era quantum leaps were being made in missiles, computers, and electronics. This book documents the numerous proposals for incorporating these technologies into US battleships. The book is lavishly illustrated with full color painting of each proposal as it would have appeared. Scale line drawings are included of both the profile and deck plan of each conversion. There is also a fully illustrated section on USN missile development 1944-1965. This book is a must for anyone interested in military technology and US battleships and their conversion programs of the Cold War era.
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The author was born in 1950 into a career navy family at Glendale, California. He spent most of his youth around ships and naval bases. And began his art career at age five drawing the ships and trains he grew up with. His art became a lifelong passion which continues to this day. Wayne's art skills are entirely self-taught. In the late 1960’s he served in the US Army’s Nike Hercules missile program and later in 8" self propelled field artillery in the California Army National Guard. After a 40 year career as a computer engineering technician working largely on military projects, he changed careers to author and artist. In 2005 with his India born wife, Swarn, Wayne relocated to the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Where they currently reside with the two family cats Cozy and Tux. When not writing or painting they enjoy fitness, healthy cooking and traveling Northern Nevada and California.
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classes of battleships had taken much time,
effort and money to build and, suddenly,
they were obsolete.
Rather than consign them to scrapyards,
various schemes were developed to
convert them to aircraft carriers, strategic
missile launchers, oilers, etc. It was
determined, however, that these conver-
sions were less efficient than purpose-
built vessels. All plans were shelved,
excepting USS Mississippi - converted to
guided missile test ship. It must have
been a great place to work to have
come up with the variety of plans
revealed in this book.
I particularly enjoyed the author
populating his color drawings with
naval aircraft that were also never
put into production. One prototype,
the Convair F2Y Sea Dart, a jet
seaplane fighter, was once on display at
Willow Grove NAS in Pennsylvania.
Still, its simply amazing to see all those designs. Some are great, a few are really far fetched.
Converting a Battleship to armoured replenishing ship ! Really ? Did the Navy really need such a ship ?
Well illustrated by the author, and decent line drawings. Information are pretty basic, because most projects never progressed far enough.
A must have, for model builders that like to dinker with thier kits.
It's hard to tell whether the colour paintings (43 of them) or the line drawings (35) are the highlight of the book. Both sets of illustrations are comprehensive and well reproduced (but the line drawings are NOT printed to 1/1200 scale as stated in the Foreword - to use them for modelling at that scale, get to a zoomable photocopier.) I particularly like the side touch that most aircraft in the illustrations are also never-weres, or at least never made it past prototype stage. The selection of photos is well-chosen to illustrate points made in the text.
The perspectives about the early generations of missile are very welcome and ring true to me (I briefly worked with similar hardware in the 60s).
This book continues Wayne's run of winners - in fact, I think it is the best yet. It is an inspiration for modellers, especially since there is a very cheap 1/1200 Iowa by Revell which would be a great basis for over 20 models here illustrated!
The author did not proof read his drawings and the accompanying data to check to see if mismatches occurred. Number of guns often did not match the drawings on the IOWA class battleships and Alaska class large cruisers.
Still, this is an excellent book and I would recommend it to any reader of naval matters, especially postwar design plans for modified battleships.