The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivyy 1956...

...Super Drawings 3D, new from Kagero, via Casemate Books

Title:  Super Drawings in 3D, The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivyy

Author: Oleg Pomoshnilov & Jan Radziemski

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-66148-03-1

I am a fan of this series of SuperDrawings in 3D books from Kagero. This one showcases a Russian Destroyer as it was when serving in the Russian Navy, in 1956. Built in 1956 it was one of what NATO called the Kotlin class of destroyers.  She served in the Baltic Fleet into the 1960s, and was modernised as a Project 56A vessel, equipped with missiles.  These are not featured in the book as it shows us the ship as she was built and equipped in 1956. It was later sold to the Polish Navy in 1970, though details of the sale and the changes made to some of the equipment by the Russians before the transfer make for some interesting reading.

After the opening 4 pages of background text we are provided with another 77 pages of first class computer generated images of the ship, presented in 3D, showing each element of the destroyer, with the hull, each section of superstructure (including the open bridge). Add individual details such as the ships' boats, various gun mountings, depth charge racks and throwers plus specific items such as the different radar and communication antennas. Being in colour, the reference value for modellers is simply excellent, showing detail of every element of the ship.

One other aspect of the book, provided on a larger, fold-out sheet which comes tucked within the book itself, a sheet with fine 1/200         scale drawings which will be ideal for any ship modeller wanting to have a go at building this Cold War Soviet warrior.     

Another good addition to this series from Kagero

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