A relatively new line of books on warships of the Second World War have
recently appeared on the scene. These are the Profile Morskie series of
monographs put out by BS Firma Wydawniczo-Handlowa of Poland. Each volume
focuses on either a single ship or class of ships, with the preponderance
to date being on cruisers from the various nations. Recently, four of
these most intriguing volumes landed in my mailbox. No.1 on the Leander
Class cruiser, HMS Ajax; No.10 on the Modified Town Class cruiser,
HMS Belfast; No.12, featuring the 'Toothless Terror' - HMS Scylla
(unlike other Dido Class cruisers which were armed with ten 5.25"
DP guns, Scylla and Charybdis had eight 4.5"); the
final volume is No.17 on the Italian cruisers Zara and Fiume.
first thing one notices is that the text is entirely in Polish, with no
English captions or translations included. This isn't as bad as it sounds
since the rest of the monograph makes up for this. But if they were to
ever gain English text, I, for one, would purchase them all over again.
In the meantime I would love to find an online Polish to English translator
similar to Bablefish or Altavista, as the text appears to be quite comprehensive
in all volumes.
Most are 32 pages long, although this isn't steadfast as the Tribal
Class Destroyer volume has 52 pages while the Zara has 42 pages. Each
contains approximately 20-24 photos. These could be reproduced clearer
as they tend to be somewhat muddy, but they are interesting nonetheless.
The true strength of these books are in the drawings contained within.
These are extremely well done and feature the subject in 1/400 (or 1/350
in some cases), and 1/700 scale with all details a modeler needs to complete
an accurate model of the subject.
are of more use than the similar Anatomy of the Ship series drawing in
that they are of the items actually needed and not items hidden in the
bowels of the ship (machinery), and are not split across bindings.
In the case of multiple ship volumes, other ships are also shown
Zara also has drawings of Fiume, both of which will be of use in the Tauro
kits of these two ships.
The books finish off with a colour profile on the rear cover. These
typically show top and side views of the ship in question. Often they
are of her at different stages in her career. Some volumes also have colour
inside covers showing other options or photos of models and/or upcoming
volumes in the series.
To date the series contains the following:
No.1 HMS Ajax
British heavy cruiser No.2 USS San Francisco
American heavy cruiser No.3 HMS York
British heavy cruiser No.4 HMS Repulse
British battlecruiser No.5 HMS Warspite
British battleship No.6 USS California
American battleship No.7 Chokai
Japanese heavy cruiser No.8 Karlsruhe
German light cruiser No.9 Raimondo Montecuccoli
Italian light cruiser
No.10 HMS Belfast
British light cruiser No.11 Fuso
Japanese battleship No.12 HMS Scylla
British AA cruiser No.13 Tone
Japanese heavy cruiser No.14 USS Indianapolis
American heavy cruiser No.15 Maya
Japanese heavy cruiser No.16 Tribal Class
British destroyers No.17 Zara
Italian heavy cruiser No.18 USS Alabama
I acquired these volumes through Lubos
Vinar at VAMP MAIL ORDER. He
doesn't have them listed on the VAMP website, but he can supply them to
those interested in them. He does mention that it may take a little while
as he must special order them. E-mail him direct for more information
on these volumes.