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