USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2012||Title||USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea|
|Author||David Doyle||Publisher||Squadron/Signal Publications|
|Format||136 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
With 12 battle stars, USS North Carolina remains among the most highly decorated American warships of World War II. It earned distinction as the first newly constructed “treaty” battleship before the conflict. It participated in all major Pacific Theater naval offensives. And it serves today as a popular floating museum and memorial at Wilmington, NC.
The second installment in Squadron/Signal’s terrific new “Squadron at Sea” series covers this valiant vessel.
USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea recaps the total tale – design, construction, refits, service, storage, and preservation. The handsome, heavily illustrated tome sports over 330 B&W and color photographs – including construction, interior, armament, electronics, repair, and superstructure details.
A series of beautifully detailed line drawings chart key refits and upgrades. Two action paintings season author Doyle’s absorbing account. And 11 color profiles trace major USS North Carolina and scouting aircraft camouflage patterns.
Every page proved a proverbial goldmine of modeling motivation – especially multi-views of the ship’s striking, 1943 Measure 32/18D warpaint. Stunning!
Take this superb study with you to Wilmington, NC. And make it your tourist guide to USS North Carolina!
My sincere thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for this review sample!