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|
|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.
My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!