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Nuts & Bolts Volume 36: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2 – schw.Pz.Spähwagen (7,5 cm) (SdKfz.233), schw.Pz.Fu.Wg (SdKfz.263) (8-Rad) & Panzermesskraftwagen

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is part two of the Pz.Spähwagen series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that AFV Club recently released kits of the Sd.Kfz. 233 & 263 in 1/35th scale.

As printed, the book has 208 pages not including the heavier covers which also are used and are bound in a glossy heavy paper. The authors are Holger Erdmann and Martin Block but the editor is still Heiner F. Duske , scale plans by John L. Rue, color artwork by Carlos de Diego, and models built by Vinnie Brannigan and Tony Greenland.
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The images are a mix of color and gray tones. A total of a whopping 435 are provided of which 232 tonal photographs of the subjects in service (not including the many insets showing details close up), 99 color images of museum items (since there aren’t any known surviving vehicles), and the last are 81 color images supplemented by 3 black and white photographs of superbly done models.
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Text is included which provide a bibliography, some background in the form of chapters. They cover the deployment, Camouflage and markings, Judgment, a short anecdote, surviving vehicles, and models.
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It is worth mentioning that the captions are most informative and all text is in dual English/German languages.
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The scale plans include the Sd.Kfz. 233 (Conversion) (5 view and 4 perspective drawings), Sd.Kfz.233 4th/5th Series (final model) (5 views), Sd.Kfz. 263 1st Series (1939 Production Batch) (5 views), Sd.Kfz. 3rd/4th Series (5 view and 4 perspective drawings), Panzermesskraftwagen (5 view and 4 perspective drawings). These are followed by a dozen color profiles which include an inset with a photograph of the actual vehicle and others clarifying markings.

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The next section covers components used on the vehicle found in museums and private collections with 99 color photographs and the book ends with a plastic modeling section.  It should be noted that one will find extended antennas and collapsed, all necessary to detail out the model parts.

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The bottom line is simple, pick up this one as it will be invaluable when tackling either the many 1/35th scale mutations with the multiple detail sets available for each. Of course, many of these subjects have been released in other scales.

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Note from the Author
You can order the book directly for 28.90 Euros from Nuts & Bolts and pay using PayPal, recipient being hfd.duske@t-online.de.

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Nuts & Bolts Volume 34: Sd.Kfz. 7 – 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Krauss-Maffei and Variants

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is on the SdKfz 7 series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Wings & Wheels publication for photos and Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that Dragon, Tamiya, and Trumpeter have all released kits of this halftrack in 1/35th scale.
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As printed, the book has 184 pages not including the heavier covers which also are used and are bound in a glossy heavy paper. The author is Dr. Nicolaus Hettler but the editor is still Heiner F. Duske , scale plans by John L. Rue, color artwork by Laurent Lecocq, and models built by Vinnie Brannigan and Tony Greenland . Best of all, for me, is the scratch-built KM m 8 by Guillem Martí I Pujol. I love naked models and this unpainted example reveals all the work put into its creation.
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The images are a mix of color and gray tones. A total of 334 are provided of which 173 are of the subjects in service, 129 of museum items, and the last 32 of superbly done models.
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Text is included which provide a bibliography, some background in the form of chapters. The covers the deployment, Camouflage and markings, Judgment, a short anecdote, surviving vehicles, and models.
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It is worth mentioning that the captions are most informative and all text is in dual English/German languages.
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The scale plans include the KM 7 A (5 view), KM m 8 (5 view), KM m 9 (5 view), KM m 10 (5 view), KM m 11 Sd. Kfz. 7 Artillerie (5 view plus 4 perspective drawings), KM m 11 armored Sd.Kfz.7 (5 view), KM m 11 Sd. Kfz. 7 final version (5 view), KM m 11 Sd. Kfz. 7/6 (5 view), KM m 11 Sd. Kfz. 7 feuerleitfahrwagen (5 view), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/1 mit 2 cm Flakvierling 38 “early version” (5 view), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/1 mit 2 cm Flakvierling 38 armored (5 view of wooden bed), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/1 mit 2 cm Flakvierling 38 armored (4 view of slatted metal bed), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/2 mit 3.7 cm flak 37 (5 view), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/2 mit 3.7 cm flak 37 armored (5 view of wooden bed), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/2 mit 3.7 cm flak 37 (4 view of slatted metal bed), KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/2 mit 3.7 cm flak 43 (starboard view), and KM m 11 Sfl. Auf Sd. Kfz. 7/2 mit 3.7 cm flak 43 armored (starboard view).
These are followed by 20 color profiles which include an inset with a photograph of the actual vehicle.
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The next section covers variants in museums with 129 color photographs and the book ends with a plastic modeling.
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The bottom line is simple, pick up this one as it will be invaluable when tackling either the many 1/35th scale mutations with the multiple detail sets available for each. Of course, many of these subjects have been released in other scales.

Note from the Author
You can order the book directly for 28.90 Euros from Nuts & Bolts and pay using PayPal, recipient being hfd.duske@t-online.de.

Nuts & Bolts 33: ”Leichte Feldhaubitze 18, GW II für le.F.H. 18/2 ”Wespe“ and ”Hummel-Wespe“

One thing I respect about Nuts & Bolts is that they are ready to revisit earlier books on vehicles they find new information on and don’t seem concerned if other publishers have touched the subject.   I had bought the original many years ago when it first came out.  It is still a very good volume so I was interested to see what new information has turned up. Other great reference works have come about such as the Wings & Wheels publication for photos and Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information.

Since I never reviewed the previous release, this will serve both releases.

As originally printed, the book had 34 pages not including the heavier covers which also are used.   Ninety seven photos are found of which none are of the vehicle in service.  Completely printed in black and white with gray tone images and a yellow cover, it is still on my ready reference shelf although I didn’t refer to John L. Rue’s plans. This book was published in 1996.

The new edition, number 33, expands the amount of information onto 184 pages and is bound in a glossy heavier paper than the original. A great addition is the section on the gun itself and explanation on the modifications made to mount onto the vehicle.  There is now a team of authors; J. Baschin, Martin Block, and H. Tippmann but the editor is still Heiner F. Duske and the plans by John L. Rue.

The images are a mix of color and gray tones. A total of 353 are provided of which 198 are of the subjects in service, 115 of museum items, and the last 40 of models superbly done by Tony Greenland.

Text is included which provide a bibliography, some background in the form of chapters.  The covers the deployment, Camouflage and markings, Judgment, a short anecdote, surviving vehicles, and models.

Last is a large table of data.

It is worth mentioning that the captions are most informative and all text is in dual English/German languages.

The scale plans were expanded considerably as now the howitzer is included along with limbers and variations of wheels.

The bottom line is simple; if you missed out on the first release, pick up this one as it will be invaluable when tackling either the many 1/35th scale mutations of the Alan or Tamiya Wespes, Dragon’s Hummel-Wespe, or the CMK Dragon, and AFV Club howitzers with the multiple detail sets available for each.  Of course, many of these subjects have been released in other scales.

Note from the Author
You can order the book directly for 28.90 Euros from Nuts & Bolts and pay using PayPal, recipient = hfd.duske@t-online.de.

Panzerwrecks 17; Normandy 3

I first came across William (Bill) Auerbach’s books over 35 years ago in a hobby shop. I bought a book called ‘Last of the Panzers’ and was very impressed with the quality of the captions and the unique photos contained therein. One in particular that stuck in my mind was of a Jagdpanzer 38 with a baby elephant marking. The crew may have been veterans from the StuG III unit with Elephants painted on their Topfblende which all books, at the time, called Boars (perhaps since they erroneously called the cast mantlet armor a Saukopf).

Bill is the co-author of the new Panzerwrecks series along with Lee Archer. Lee is a master modeler with many unique items in his portfolio based on photos from his collection. This team has brought about a series of books covering the remains of the German army as found by the victorious armies.

This is their seventeenth volume and it follows the first book’s format of landscape with perfect binding and high quality gloss soft covers. It measures 8.125 inches tall by 11 inches wide and has 96 pages within. A great thing about the binding is the added creases to allow the covers to open further without stressing the binding.

The front inner cover has a table of contents, acknowledgements, and a brief introduction by Mr. Auerbach. The contents are called features and the outside edges of the pages repeat the feature title in a vertical format. This is a quick and easy to use design for realizing the photo’s location. The 96 pages are on a very good quality semi-matte paper which can reproduce details in a photo quite well.

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On to the photos! There are 124 black and white photos of varying detail quality. I am aware the rear cover states 126 photos but I did not count the insets with cropped views of insignias. Some of the photos are blurry but are included for their rarity and I totally agree with this decision. There are so many photos, most of which are one to a page, that a few pages have four. Of all these photos, only a dozen are of collections with the rest focusing on a vehicle. Most are grouped into features:

  • Panther Recovery, pp 1-6, 15 photos (Dragon Wagon also featured).
  • 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Evaluated, pp 15-23, 12 photos (including interior).
  • S.Pz.Jg.Abt.654 in Normandy, pp 36-49, 20 photos (including a repeat on the front cover).
  • Concreted StuGs: Normandy Edition, pp 52-62, 12 photos.
  • Francheville: Windhund and Lehr, pp 86-92, 8 photos (featuring a Sd.Kfz. 9/2).

Vehicles include:

  1. PzIV/L70(V) 3 photos
  2. Tiger II 2 photos
  3. 10.5cm le.FH18(Sf) auf GW 39H(f) 2 photos
  4. 10.5cm le.FH18(Sf) auf Lr.S 2 photos
  5. 7.5cm PaK40/3 aud Sfl.38 (Ausf.M) 2 photos
  6. Panther 25 photos
  7. Panzer IV 13 photos
  8. AB41 201(i) 2 photos
  9. 2cm Flakvierling 38 auf Bussing-NAG 4500A9 photos
  10. StuG III 14 photos
  11. Sd.Kfz. 7, 2 photos
  12. SdKfz. 251 6 photos
  13. Flakpanzer 38 (t), 2 photos
  14. SdKfz 10 (1 photo)
  15. Pz.Kpfw.35R 731 (f) 1 photo
  16. Gepanzerter Munitionsschlepper Renault UE 630 (f), 2 photos.
  17. Tiger I 3 photos
  18. Schimmwagen, 1 photo (in background)

The captions are quite detailed and it is a pleasure when the authors really know their vehicles, locations, units, and details. Since the focus is on the German AFVs, no mention is made of the Shermans in seen some photos, or the Allied trucks (a Diamond T wrecker being a great subject for the new Mirror Models kit).

This is an excellent reference book and an inspiration to modelers who want to see the unusual, such as the captured vehicles. Diorama enthusiasts will also learn a lot from the damage caused to the buildings which is evident in many photos.

This book, like its predecessors, will be a classic and is highly recommended to get one before they sell out. My thanks go out to William Auerbach for the preview sample.

Nuts & Bolts Volume 32: The Medium Cross country Lorries 3 ton (6×4) of the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht

After the release of the Nuts & Bolts Maultier book, the publisher decided to add a new book with the information on the unarmored other cross country trucks. I had bought many of the new kits coming from ICM, MiniArt, I(BG, and others so this reference was perfectly timed. This is a hefty book at 224 pages not including the heavier covers which also are used. A total of four hundred seventy six images are found of which two hundred eighty three are archival. One hundred forty eight photographs of examples in museums. Last, are forty five photographs covering Tony Greenland’s and Vinnie Brannigan’s exceptional models.

Captions are in depth and informative. The center of the book has scale plans and three quarter views drafted by John L. Rue. These cover the Bussing Nag III GL 6 Werkstattkraftwagen (Kfz.79),   Bussing ?Nag KD mittlerer gelandegangiger Lastkraftwagen, offen (0(,  Henschel 33 D1 mittlerer gelandegangiger Lastkraftwagen, offen (0),  Henschel 33 D1 Fernsprechbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72), Henschel 33 D1 Funkbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72),  Krupp L3 H63 Fernsprechbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72), Krupp L3 H163 Bildkraftwagen (Kfz. 354), Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 Pionierkraftwagen I, Einbausatz a, Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 Flugbetirebsstoff-Kesselkraftwagen (Kfz. 384) Serie 17T, and Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 Flugbetirebsstoff-Kesselkraftwagen (Kfz. 384) Serie 3T.

Carlos de Diego has sixteen color profiles with all showing thumbnail images of the photographs on which they are based. Of these, many have the page number where a larger size of the image can be found. Text is included which provides a nice history, several tables and distribution charts, along with a bibliography. There is a preface with technical description, production chapter, the rocket launchers in service, variants, then next are the deployment, Camouflage and markings, and models. It is worth mentioning that the captions are most informative and the images (as well as the text section) covering the trucks will come a long way towards detailing kits from those mentioned earlier. The inner pages of the covers are used as a gallery for the modeling section by Tony Greenland. His wok is inspirational.  Vinnie Brannigan’s build is incredible as well 2 3 4 5 6 7.Cover

Note from the Author
The bottom line is simple; this is a great book and will inspire many builds and hopefully a few aftermarket sets and kits. You can order the book directly from Nuts & Bolts.de and pay using PayPal, recipient being hfd.duske@t-online.de.

Panzerjäger II für 7,5 cm Pak 40/2 Nuts and Bolts Volume 31

Authors – J Baschin & M Block
Editor – Heiner F. Duske
Artwork – Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo
Drawings – John L. Rue

This is a hefty book at 176 pages not including the heavier covers which also are used. A total of three hundred sixty five images are found of which one hundred ninety are archival. One hundred fifty five photographs of examples in museums. Captions are in depth and informative. The center of the book has scale plans and three quarter views drafted
by John L. Rue. These cover several variants. Carlos de Diego has fourteen color profiles with many (but not all) showing thumbnail images of the photographs on which they are based.  Of these, most have the page number where a larger size of the image can be found.

Text is included which provides a nice history, several tables and distribution charts, along with a bibliography. There is a preface with technical description, production chapter, variants, then next are the deployment, Camouflage and markings, and models. It is worth mentioning that the captions are most informative and the images (as well as the text section) covering the vehicle will come a long way towards detailing kits from Dragon, Italeri, Tamiya, and others in the smaller scales. The inner pages of the covers are used as a gallery for the modeling section by Tony Greenland & Vinnie Branigan. Their work are inspirational.

The bottom line is simple; this is a great book and will inspire many builds and hopefully a few aftermarket sets and kits. You can order the book directly from Nuts & Bolts and pay using PayPal, recipient being hfd.duske@t-online.de. A great feature of using their web site is that they update things like photo captions. http://www.nuts-bolts.de

What to do with your model kit boxes?

What to do with the box once you finish a model kit?
Probably it will go to the trash or recycling bin. But for many modelers (myself included) the art on many model kits are pieces of art from anonymous artist in many cases. It shows the model kit painted, weathered and even on the battlefield. The art is many times so good, that we are enticed to purchase the model just by looking at the artwork and you know what? that’s the idea. I have framed the art work from a Tamiya 1/35 F-4J Pahntom II on a 18×24 frame. You don’t have to make this a pricey option. Frames are cheap at major retailers,  just order a matte for it at your local frame shop.

I’m sure that with you model kit stash, a wealth of  books starts to accumulate. What better book marker than the sides of your model kit box? Here what I did with my A4 paper cutter, a corner and hole punch and a bit of sewing thread. You can do it too! They can even make a small present at your next model club meeting. Enjoy and don’t forget to Like this story on Facebook.

World War II, Saving the Reality

World War II: Saving the Reality uniquely captures the experience of this monumental conflict. Along with compelling narrative and never-before-published photographs, you’ll hold replicas of nearly one hundred wartime artifacts: letters from the front, autographed portraits of commanding generals, urgent communiques, Nazi propaganda, historic newspapers, Top Secret instructions, patriotic posters, and more.

These pieces of history, from the archives of the famous Museum of World War II, are tucked and folded into envelopes and pockets within the massive, boxed collector’s book. Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin calls it remarkable and praises its emotional journey back in time. Phil Reed OBE, a director of the Imperial War Museum in London, says, Kenneth Rendell’s Museum of World War II simply has no equal. The museum can at last be widely enjoyed through this volume. By Kenneth W. Rendell. Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin. 144 pages, with more than 80 replicas; coffee-table size; full color; hardcover in library slipcase.

A great father’s day gift for that history buff or model kit builder of the house. Highly Recommended by Model Kits Review.com.