• ShipCraft 32: British Aircraft Carriers. Hermes Ark Royal and the Illustrious Class

    The subject of this volume is the evolution of the Royal Navy’s fleet carriers as exemplified by those designed from the keel up for the role. Hermes was the world’s first purpose-built carrier, laid down in 1918, but she was followed by a series of conversions from other types and it was not until the mid-1930s that another was designed and built from scratch. This was the famous Ark Royal, a far larger and more capable ship, but destined to be a one-off as the Navy switched its focus to a ship capable of surviving in the most hostile environments. This requirement produced the radically different armoured carriers of the Illustrious class, arguably the toughest aviation ships of the Second World War.
    With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – this book is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these challenging subjects.
    60 s/w Fotots und 60 Farbillustrationen.