Copy on the way, ordered and paid for, from local bookseller.
'Been an AOTS fan since the early 80s and overall, thoroughly enjoy the series.
Some books being SO superior (Schooner Bertha L Downs
) to others (Gambier Bay
) really speaks metaphorical volumes about the AOTS editorial staff's "philosophy" of apparent disregard of quality control and consistency between books.
SO sad to read your informed, less-than-sterling reviews, as the Iowa
class is (1) such an important subject and (2) the sole in the AOTS series of a modern American capital or semi-capital ship.
Had (looked forward to and) white-hope the AOTS Iowa
book will have gobs on USN common WW II-build "important" items like Mk37, Mk 51, shielded quad 40s twin 5" mounts, heavy turrets, bridge layouts catapults, crane, radars, masts, funnels, ground tackle, plating, fittings, skegs, shafting.
It'll be here in a week or so, 'may toss a post out after initial perusal.
Hoping for if not the best, at least, worth the not-modest price.
I've only had a chance to do a once-over of my copy. The external views are beautiful, but the interiors are extremely superficial. Not much except for some basic GA plans of each hull and superstructure deck and a few sectional views of the 16-inch turrets. No detailed views of the machinery, no diagrams of the hull structure, not even a single view inside one of the five-inch mounts! I can understand why the Yamato or Bismarck anatomies might be lacking in those areas, but not something as mainstream as the Iowa-class. Even the "Bartolomeo Colleoni" Anatomy didn't disappoint in this regard. Certainly a far cry from the works of John Roberts, John Lambert, Ross Watton, etc.
Got my AOTS Iowa today. Have to say I am highly disappointed. Having spent time on three of the Iowa’s, I did not think it gave a good impression of the ship, particularly the interior. There is a lot of conjecture, way too much for a ship that exists. I got the impression that the interiors in the book were extrapolated from general plans. The author would have been better served if he had tracked down “Big Jim Slade” on the NJ and brought a removable drive. I was able to find an astonishing number of errors quickly from the stuff I got from him.
Makes me wonder how much artistic license there is in other AOTS books.