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The Russian Battleship Marat

The Russian Battleship Marat Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2018 Title The Russian Battleship Marat
Author Oleg Pomoshnikov, Jan Radziemski Publisher Kagero
Published 2018 ISBN 9788365437822
Format 74 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $36.95


Perhaps the most well-known, most photographed Soviet warship of the between-wars period, Marat started life as the Czarist dreadnaught Petropavlovsk.

Considerably modernized in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the warship acquired enhanced armament, a more extensive superstructure, raised and rear-raked forward funnel, and clipper prow.

That's the configuration covered in Kagero's splendid The Russian Battleship Marat – part of the publisher's excellent and extensive "Super Drawings in 3D" range of warship monographs.

Available in North America from Casemate, contents commence with a succinct, seven-page section recapping vessel design, development, deployment, and disposition.

Profile, plan, and isometric views illustrate the overview. Just forgive the occasionally stilted English – and focus on Kagero's illuminating chronicle.

Constructing Zvezda's 1:350 Marat? Fifty-eight pages with dozens of beautifully detailed 3D color plates follow. Digital artwork illustrates nearly every major Marat external aspect – stem to stern, port to starboard, painting minutiae included.

Further fact-check Zvezda's kit with Kagero's separate set of 1:350-scale plans. And detail your model with the drawings' accompanying insets to various larger scales.

A handy specifications and "characteristics" table provides key dimensional, armament, and performance data. And a selected bibliography complete contents.

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!