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Thanks for your help on this and sorry for the delay. Let me see if I can answer all your questions:
There will be a series of books on the structure of the Iowa-class battleships. I had originally planned to do one book but it grew so large I had to split the project up. I originally envision this project as better and expanded anatomy of the ship. As you have seen, the Vol. 1 will be A Visual Tour of Battleship USS New Jersey.
That book is pretty much the same as the sample I sent but there have been some technical corrections. The final version is 308 pages, hardcover, with about six hundred illustrations. Format is 11x8 1/2. The sample I sent you did not indicate a series but the final version will.
Among the illustrations, most of those are photographs. Nearly all the photographs are in color. There are a few older gray scale photographs and maybe one or two that I converted to gray scale because the details came out better that way. There are no compromises due to production cost in regard to color. Nearly all the photographs are new simply because there aren’t photographs of most of the ship out there. I tried to use Navy photos wherever possible. One of the rare examples is that I substituted a Navy photo taken under turret no. 1 for one I had taken while crawling under there.
Obviously, most of the photos are of New Jersey but all four ships are represented to show differences. I got a lot of help from Iowa and Wisconsin.
The format has not changed. There are deck plans for each deck and level within the turrets. For full decks, the plans are spread across two spreads (4 pages). Up in the superstructure, the plans tend to be one page. The photos are keyed to the plans. There are some diagrams, and a few 3D renderings. The engineering spaces are represented with 3D renderings, rather than plans, because there are no decks; just access platforms. I think I got covered every compartment that is worth covering. If I thought something else were worth including, I’d have made the book longer.
The flood in my house that I dealing with now convinced me to do POD. The current status is that I have uploaded it (finally) to two POD services and have ordered proofs from each. Whatever has the higher quality is the one I will use. So right now I am waiting on those proofs. If they come back in a reasonable time, I can get it on the market for Christmas.
For some reason POD services have a short timeout on uploads which has made getting the thing to them a nightmare.
The retail calculators put the price at about $80.
The ISBN is 978-0-9899804-3-2
Volume 2 is well underway. It will be on the armor. The planned coverage is everything that is primarily protective in nature. That would be what navy called “armor,” plus the backing plates, cast armor, trunks, and grates. It will not include things like the sides of the 5-inch handling rooms that are protective but primarily structural. The book will have sufficient information for you to make a set of Iowa-class armor plates yourself. There will be measured drawings everything. The tabular descriptions of armor that have been passed down and misinterpreted to the point that they have created a need to document what is correct, even if it results in a small market book. If you read the Wikipedia article, it is like someone has played “telephone” with the armor specifications.
Vol. 2 will have fewer photographs than Vol. 1 but more 3D renderings and plans. The objective is to use photographs for things that can be photographed and renderings for things that cannot be photographed. This reflects my scorn of 3D for the sake of having 3D that is becoming common in ship books. I don’t know how long the book will be but it will be as long a needed to cover all the material
For Vol. 3 and 4 I am thinking hull structure or turrets but I have not decided on the order. A hull book would probably have lines and sections, a complete mapping of the hull plating, and possibly a table of offsets as a starting point. Much of the turret will be covered in Vol. 2 but I expect it will have explanations of how the machinery works. Hopefully, after this is finished someone will do a kit with that hull close to correct.