The book under review is the New Title "Beep in Detail"
subtitled Dodge Big Jeeps WC-51 and WC-52 Special Museum Line
Red Series No 28 from Wings and Wheels publications. All the
captions and history are in English.
The address is RAK P.O. Box 35, 170 06 Prague 7, Czech Republic,
the ISBN no is 80-86416-30-5. The Authors are Frantisek Koran
and Jan Mostek.
The cost varies from country to country and as this is a review
sample I have no idea of the cost in the UK, so please check
with your local book dealers as to availability and price.
This new title follows on in the series of excellent books on
a single subject; it has within its 72 pages 205 full colour
photographs of superb quality.
The book is split into the following sections the History of
the vehicle and photos of the WC-51 1942 model from page 1-5
then WC-52 1942 from pages 6-13.
The next section is close up details of the headlights, winch
and bonnet etc. Pages 14-21
Page 15-29 it is packed with close up detailed of the engine
in situ and having been restored to factory finish on a maintenance
Pages 30-39 areas covered the seats, dashboard and close up details
of the windscreen and wiper motors etc. Note is made in the captions
about the early style bucket seats.
Pages 40-45 cover the cargo body area.
Pages 46-69 the areas covered are those that normally a model
maker would not be able to see, the underside of the chassis
and the front wings etc.
The last pages give two photos of the Dodge T212 and the post
war M37, lastly the various differences in the body styles over
the production years is covered in coloured illustrations along
with the chassis numbers noted when the changes were made.
Conclusions for those interested in building one of the wealth
of kits now available on this vehicle in all scales, you cannot
afford not to have this book at the side of your model table
when building one. You could if you so wanted build a model of
an actual reconstruction or restoration based on a single photograph
and know it is going to be 100% correct
Even if you just want a superb model then this going to of the
greatest help. The true potential is for the scratch builders
and this book is a must have if you are to place a show stopper
on the comps tables.
For those lucky enough to be able to afford one to restore than
this is going to be their main reference to fallback on when
they have a problem.
To be fair to the authors it is hard to pick out one section
above all the rest, but push comes to shove then I have to single
out the section from pages 55-69 the Restoration, this section
is worth the price of the book alone all the rest is a very big
bonus. Congratulations to both Franti and Jan for a job well
done and bringing us the model maker and restores such a wealth
of information in one single volume.
For the American readers who like marks out of 10, I give presentation
10 out of 10, overall read 10, reference quality 10 and photographic
content and presentation 10
I recommend you go out and order your copy now; for this like
the previous title the Jeep book is gong to be a best seller.
Many Thanks to Franti for the advance copy for review.
Ian Sadler (c) June 2003