by Ian Sadler
book is published on very good quality gloss paper and is presented in A4
portrait format. It has 80 pages crammed full of original wartime photographs.
The vast majority has not been published in the west before. All the photographs
are captioned in English but the main text is in Cyrillic.
167 black and white
photographs range in quality from poor to outstanding. One must make allowance
for this when you consider the conditions in which they were taken.
The majority are two
per page and some four to a page. Personally I would like them all to have been
two per page were possible.
One of the highlights
is a fascinating section on the SU 76 I with the best set of photographs I have
ever seen. I now know one is preserved on a plinth at Sarny in Russia. It also
has side view plans in 1/35 scale. This is worth the price of the book alone
Here are some examples
of photographs that illustrate the quality of this book:
Pages 11 to 14 show for
the first time the just one of the facilities the Russians set up to process the
tanks and equipment back into running order or to scrap and melt down. They are
truly worth the price of the book alone.
Some of the photographs
in other sections show that the Germans did not always stick to the regulations
when it came to markings and their positions on the tanks etc.
For some reason several of the photographs have been printed twice.
This is a truly
remarkable book. It will take many hours of serious research to gain the full
potential from this book. I feel certain model makers who exclusively build
German models, and similarly those who produce Russian equipment, will find the
book extremely useful. It will certainly add to the types of models one can
display or enter competitions with. The more variety the better!
I rate it in the very
"Highly Desirable" and "Must Have" on my reference
self-section. I know I will personally use it time and time again. The only
criticism is the text is not in English.
Go out and get yours
now, as it is limited to a run of 3000 world-wide.
I obtained mine from
NKR Models of Australia cost including P&P about £12-50, compared to the £16-00
+ charged by English dealers.
Highly recommended by
Review Copyright © 2000 by Ian