Present Vehicle Line No.8 "AS-90 Braveheart in detail"

Wings and Wheels Publications
RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
Czech Republic.

New Publications from these prolific publishers are always welcome; each one sets new boundaries and standards for others to follow.

This new one in the Present Vehicle line No 8 Green series is the AS 90 in Detail with support vehicles for IFOR mission, ISBN no 80-86416-34-8, the author is Josef Spurny, printed in the now usual standard format on high quality paper and in landscape format, it has crammed into its 72 pages, 241 full colour photographs, in very close up detail.
The added bonus to this book is the extra vehicles included but not mentioned in the Tile. They are the following Drops Foden Truck, Saxon 105 APC, MA OV Warrior, support vehicles FV 432, FV 434, FV 434 ARV, FV 439 communications vehicle, lastly Challenger ARRV.

Split into the usual sections of overall views, close up of hull details, turret details, turret interior, internal roof details, and external hatches, lastly how it is emplaced for in the firing line and the added bonus the ammunition palates and markings and colours of shells etc.

The level of detail contained in the photographs is so good that one can read the proof marks on the gun breach, for those who have been tempted to buy the Trumpeter kit AS 90, then this is must have. It shows the true effects of weathering on the vehicle and the method a painting the vehicles in British service. As it is often quoted the “devil is in the detail, this book gives it to you all. An example of the detail is given on page 21 top left, you would be forgiven at first glance in thinking this was a new Desert camouflage being tried out, it is in fact mud drying at different rates and it gives the effect of desert cammo it does not get any better than this. The only section missing is the engine details and the photographer was lucky enough to be there on the day the fitters lifted an engine out; you are not going to see it or photograph it.
All the photographs are taken on active service in Bosnia in 1996 with the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. This is reflected in the stowage and weathering of the vehicles, this is for real and it shows. Model makers should note very carefully the extent and level that mud and dust masks the true camouflage of the vehicle helping to blend it into the background more effectively than any paint can.

So if you have the trumpeter kit and want to lift if from the ordinary to superb then this book is a masterpiece of information, Franti is to be congratulated once more on selecting a very topical subject and presenting it at just the right moment.
Even if you do not have the kit and your interest in British Modern Armour then this must find a space on your reference self, Buy it now you will not be disappointed very highly recommended.
Since this is a review copy I do not know the retail price check with your local book dealer for availability and price.

Many thanks to Franti for the advance review copy handed to me at Scale Model World 03.



Ian Sadler Review
IPMS UK Armour TAS
2003 Nov (C)


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