Robert K Liu, Naval Ship Models of World War II in 1/1250 and 1/1200 Scales (Pen & Sword)
In his introduction to this fascinating book, Robert Liu writes: ‘In the end, there is simply nothing like the satisfaction of having completed a difficult enhancement or a scratch-built model.’ His book demonstrates why that is and how you can follow in his wake when making your own models.
Liu begins with the production methods used for creating models, from die-cast to 3D printing, then the tools and techniques to enhance them – this includes a photograph of his ‘busy’ workbench that will have many modellers nodding their heads in recognition and approval. For the rest of the book, Liu embarks on a voyage through many different types of model ships and how to model them into accurate replicas: anti-aircraft ships. landing craft, submarines, destroyers, cruisers, carriers, battleships, Liberty ships, transports and convoy rescue craft among many others, and he adds Allied and Axis aircraft. Liu concludes with an informative glossary and a perhaps surprisingly lengthy bibliography.
Liu’s book is about as niche as it gets when it comes to subject matter, but it is still an engrossing read for modellers even if you have only a modicum of interest in wee model ships. Liu’s passion for his hobby shines through, and he sprinkles his text with autobiographical notes of a full and sometimes astonishing life. The book is also lavishly illustrated with photographs of model ships in all stages of production. Overall, this is an excellent homage to Liu’s craft and the ships he replicates.