German Destroyer Z37...

...SuperDrawings in 3D, new from Kagero, via Casemate Books

Title:  SuperDrawings in 3D, German Destroyer Z37

Author: Carlo Cestra

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-65437-66-2

I continue to rate this series of 3D computer images, all in colour, and make an ideal reference for the ship modeller, let along the naval historian.  There are 81 pages in this softcover book filled with these excellent, detailed colour images which cover in this case the German Z37 Destroyer.  The book starts with 6 pages giving the background to the development of German Destroyers for the Kriegsmarine and their design.  It includes the service career of Z37, from a launch in 1941 through to being scuttled at Bordeaux in 1944 after suffering severe damage.

The rest is just packed with the detailed colour images that show all the external details I think you can ask for.  These include elements such as the main armament, torpedo tubes, Flakvierling AA Mounts, rangefinders, searchlights, secondary armament, boats, mines and rails and more.  Then tucked into the book is a separate A3 sheet of paper, and this holds 1/200 scale drawings of Z37 showing both sides and a plan view on one side, while on the other are additional plans of specific details in even larger scales.  These include such as the 15cm Gun Turret, Torpedo Tube, and Motor Boat in 1/100 plus Mine, Searchlight, rangefinder, 20mm gun and Flakvierling in 1/150.

There are plenty of models available for these German Destroyers in a variety of scales that include the larger 1/350, so if you are building any of these, I'd suggest this a very handy reference to have beside you.


Distributed by Casemate Books, who kindly provided my review copy.