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As it has been noted by one of the reviewers of the book, it contains enough information on the vessel to make a duplicate vessel. The book reflects the huge work performed by one of the foremost experts, Janusz Skulski, whose historical publications are popular and widely known for the first class drawings, provides valuable information about the Takao class of heavy cruisers that belonged to Japanese Navy Fleet. The data contained in the book covers not only the design of the ships, but also hull structure and protection, machinery and armament, fire control arrangements, summary of service etc. One of the best resources in published in English language for the Japanese navy ships of the World War II. The text is supplemented with many photos and drawings such as general arrangement, superstructure, rig, armament, lines, body plan etc. We would think that this book is the must-have one for every naval historian; moreover, the amount of technical info and detailed drawings makes it very useful for those who like making models of the old ships - there will be no need for any other source of data when building a model of Takao since everything can be found in the single perfectly organized volume.