Profile Morskie No.7: Chokai Profile Morskie No.13: Tone Profile Morskie No.15: Maya Profile Morskie No.19: Marseillaise & Georges Leygues
By Bob Pearson
BS Firma Wydawniczo-Handlowa
Four more of the excellent Polish naval publication 'Profile Morskie' have come my way. This time featuring Japanese and French cruisers. In order of publication they are: Chokai, Tone, Maya and the French La Galissonniere Class. The Chokai and Maya comprise parts one and two of the Takao Class, while Tone is devoted to Tone herself. The French volume is devoted to the six ships of the Marseillaise and Georges Leygues sub-classes, also known as the La Galssonniere Class.
As is usual with this series all text is in Polish – PLEASE find an English publisher !!!!! However it is not for the text that I keep acquiring these volumes, rather it is for the illustrations they include in each issue. The centre of each includes 1/400 and 1/700 scale plans of the named ship, as well as detail drawings of the various bits and pieces that make up the superstructure, weapons, boats, aircraft, etc.
Photos usually number around 20 or so and are on average pretty murky, but they do provide additional details for those building models of the particular ship.
The covers of all except Chokai feature colour illustrations showing the ship(s) at various times in their careers - that of the French volume is particularly well done and shows: Georges Leygues, Gloire (twice), Montcalm and Marseillaise.
All-in-all these are excellent value for the money and provide a handy reference for modellers and artists alike. Highly recommended.
Once again, I acquired these via Lubos Vinar of Vamp Mail Order. they are not part of his normal stock, but he can special order them on request.