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Nuts & Bolts Series Books Volume 9:
7.5 cm Pak 40/4 on Armoured Self-Propelled Raupenschlepper Ost RSO

by Peter Kwok and Heiner F. Duske

Nuts & Bolts Series Books Volume 10:
"Hummel" 15 cm sFh 18/1 auf Fgst Pzkw. III/IV (Sf) (Sd.Kfz. 165)

by Tony Greenland


Publisher Both books published by Duske-Greenland-Schulz, c/o Angela Schulz, Muellerstrasse 6, 29525 Uelzen, Germany
Review Type: Book Review
Rating: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Cookie Sewell

S u m m a r y

Vol. 9 - 48 pp with drawings and photographs; price $20
Vol 10 - 72pp. with drawings, photographs, and color paintings; price around $35
Advantages: Great books for modelers, lots of new photos and detailed drawings; shots during restoration of original vehicles immeasurably help with detailing model kits
Disadvantages: prices somewhat higher than other products of this type; limited availability due to distrubution.
Recommendation: for German WWII armor fans or any armor fans in general


F i r s t   L o o k

The "Nuts & Bolts" series of books has been around for a while now, and each issue gets better and better. The latest two are the best of the lot so far, and should be appreciated very much by modelers.

The RSO book covers only the RSO variant with the 75mm Pak 40 antitank gun carried in the cargo body, but the book covers that subject and that one alone in great detail. It looks at the one true survivor in Koblenz and two apparent conversions from cargo RSOs in other museums. The vehicles are shown in service through some very rare photos, as well as under restoration with the entire vehicle torn completely apart. Where the restoration is not accurate (due to physical limitations) the text describes the changes in English and German, and indicates what the original vehicle should have consisted of at that point.

The Hummel book is gorgeous from the point of view of the modeler. Tony Greenland is one of the best modelers of German armor anywhere, and his notes are excellent from the point of view of building one. He covers the assignments of the actual guns (666 were built) and the variations by unit, as well as variations in paint schemes and markings. For the first time in this series, four color four-views of different vehicles are included. The photos cover vehicles in Germany, France, and Fort Knox, both early and late models, and describe the differences in each.

If you have the kits of the Italeri RSO or the DML (Shanghai Dragon) Hummel, these books are a must for building the models up correctly.

Thanks to Angela Schulz for the review copies.

(The books can be ordered directly from the publisher for either a Eurocheck,
for DM 25.50 (Vol. 9) or DM 40 (Vol. 10) or by sending a sealed envelope with
the money in US currency to the above address.) 

Review Copyright 1999 by Cookie Sewell
Page Created 28 March, 1999
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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