Pershing/Patton in action
By Jim Mesko
Color by Lou Drendel
Illustrated by John Lowe
& Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Armor Number 40
||Soft cover, landscape format, 50
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages in full colour).
USD$8.46 from Squadron.com
||Compact and useful format for
modellers; excellent timing with recent release of Tamiya kits in 1/16 and
1/35 and re-released Dragon kit; packed with helpfully captioned photos;
13 colour plates in the centrefold; attractive cover art -
front and back; supporting narrative text.
||Minimal coverage of later variants
||Recommended as a useful primer for
Pershing/Patton in action is available online from
Pershing/Patton in action provides a summary of the history and
operations of this important family of American tanks.
The text commences with a description of the pre-war and early-war
armour environment, and the development of this "heavy" tank from the
T20E3 to the production T26E3. The book then tackles the ambitious task of
summing up 50 years of development and service in the remainder of this
The author, armor authority Jim Mesko, focuses on the T26 and M26 with
ample detail and general view photographs. In fact, more than half of the
book is devoted to this earliest variant. This is a probably a good move
considering the recent release of Tamiya's T26/M26 kits in 1/16 and 1/35
scale, and the re-release of DML/Dragon's very good T26E3 kit.
The M45 howitzer tank gets a few pages coverage before moving on to the
M46 and M47.
The book follows Squadron/Signal’s popular “In Action” format with
colour cover art by Don Greer, two colour pages as a “centrefold” with
thirteen illustrations of eight M26s, M45, M46 and M47s in which range in
service dates from 1945 to 1982, helpful line drawings
and specifications spread over 50 pages in landscape format. As with the
rest of the series, the real backbone of these books are the multitude of
photographs packed between the covers. More than 90 photos are captioned in
50 pages is nowhere near enough to cover the development and more
than a half century's service for this distinguished family of tanks.
However, Jim Mesko's new "Pershing/Patton in action" book is a great
introduction to the subject.
This book will be especially valuable for anyone building the new
T26/M26 kits from Tamiya or Dragon.
The investment of less than USD$9 is well worthwhile!
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 21 August, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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