Bounty HM Armed Vessel 1787

Published on
September 16, 2023
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Kerry Jang

978-1-3990-2290-3, 1-3990-2291-0
Other Publication Information
64 pages, six B/W and 121 color photos,
five line drawings, eight construction details and three maps
Company: Seaforth Publishing - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
Bounty Book Cover

The book is number 30 of the Shipcraft Series but the second one to cover period ships. It is divided into six parts and begins with the Historical Background of the ship, followed by Service History, Model Products, a Modeler's Showcase, Appearance and ends with Selected References.

The Historical Background begins with the “Articles of War” stating what a mutiny is. This is followed by a description of the HMS Bounty’s construction and purpose. An interesting bit of information that I found in the book is that the original name of the ship was Bethia. Several drawings show the configuration and locations of items based on the operational needs to be carried out. Once the ship’s configuration was decided upon, the name was changed to HMS Bounty.

The second section of the book describes the ship’s service record from the day it was launched through the mutiny. The end of the HMS Bounty took place at Pitcairn Island were it was burned to prevent finding the mutineers. This section talks about what took place after in 1893, as well as the voyage of the Bounty's launch. It ends with the final outcome of several of the captured mutineers.

The third section is dedicated to models of the ship and includes models from Caldercraft Heritage in 1/64 scale, Deagostini in 1/48 scale, Airfix in 1/87 scale, Amaati in 1/60 scale, Occre in 1/40 scale, Mini Mamoli in 1/135 scale, Mamoli in both 1/100 and 1/64 scales, as well as a model of the launch in 1/16 scale and Harold Hanhn's plan for a framed model. Each company’s ship is described with the good, as well as the bad points, of the model.

The next section shows four built models from Amati in 1/60 scale, Artesania Latina in 1/48 scale, Caldecraft in 1/64 scale and Deagostine in 1/48 scale. The last one also shows the actual framing of the kit. Although this section is brief, it is full of very good detailed pictures of the models in their glory. I find this section interesting as it shows many small details for modelers to improve not only their model, but also their craft.

The final section displays the ship in its appearance with color profiles, as well as a roster of the mast and spars of the ship. The book ends with a selected list of references both in the book, as well as online.

I found the book interesting as it shows not only how the ship’s name was decided, but also the information about the purpose of the trip, important notes of the events, outcome of the mutiny as well as describing the ship. The book has a lot of information to improve on your model building, skills. The photos of the built kits are great and very informative. I will recommend the book not only to historians, but also to model builders.

I would like to thank Casemate for the opportunity of reviewing the book.


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