The book under review is a new series of mini modellerŐs reference
books by Model Detail Photo Monograph No 6 Heavy Tank IS 2 -2m
ISBN no is 83-916229-6-7 the editorial address is ul Sueska 6,
02-761Warsaw, Poland. Price is unknown as it is a review sample.
Check with your local book dealer as to price and availability.
The text is by Tomasz Modzelewski and the photos come from the
archives of the following people Marek Derewniak , Gregorz Rossa,
and Janusz Magnuski.
It is published in a mini landscape format size is 15 cm high,
and 21cm long, it is printed on very good quality and glossy
paper. It has 44 pages and the text is in English. It starts
with a list of the data on the tank and then a single page of
historical background to the tank. It starts with 6 black and
white period photographs, the remainder of the 130 full colour
photographs are of the highest quality and clarity and show the
tank externally and internally for both versions. In the centre
pages it has two full colour illustrations of the tank in service
in 1945 with the Russian army, again the quality is outstanding.
Unfortunately there are no engine details in this photo montage.
Conclusions, this book is worth every penny and the detail in
the photographs is of the highest quality. To give a few examples
on page 10 photos number 22 and 25 show the torching marks left
behind when the casting plugs were removed. One outstanding set
is on page 20, photos number 59-60 shows the state of the welding
and torching to the rear hull plates and towing attachments.
So for all those Russian Modellers who like to add the casting
and welding marks onto their tanks this book is a must. I know
from personnel modelling the IS2 tank. I wish it had been available
a lot earlier so I could have gone to town on my own model. This
book is very highly recommended and for the American reader who
like marks out of ten. I give it 10 for presentation, 10 for
its photographs and lastly 10 for the level of information it
Ian Sadler (c) May 2003