RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
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 Green Line
No 9 series is the Zil 157/157K Variants in Detail. The ISBN
no 80-86416-36-4, the authors are Frantisek Koran and Jan Martinec.
Printed in the now usual standard format on high quality paper
and in landscape format, it has crammed into its 120 pages; a
full 601 colour photographs, showing in the very closest imaginable
details of the internal and exterior of all of the vehicles.
Text as usual is in English and is kept to the minimum to explain
the photographs and add to the information shown.
Not listed in the main Index but as an added
bonus there are within the chapter's hidden gems of information
on other vehicles. Page 44 the SAM 2 Warhead loading system on
the back of the Tractor unit. Pages 79 -81 the transporting system
for the ground launches platform and the truck dollies that make
it up. Pages 88 -95 all the details you need for opening up the
panels on the ground launcher platform, a scratch builders dream.
I could go on but this just a taste of what there is hidden within
the depths of this book.
As usual each chapter is colour coded on the top right of the page for easy reference to the correct vehicle.
Rather than go through each chapter one by one.
I have decided to just give my thoughts on the PR -11B Semi Trailer
and Tractor chapters.
This has to be the book for you; it gives all the tiniest detail that it is possible to cram into the pages. You will by constantly referring to the pages to be able to add all the detail you could every wish to. I will go so far as to say that, each section of the kit build up will be put on hold for a few hours while you study not only the parts in the kit but also the correct positioning of them from the photographs. It will enable you to add in all the electrical junction boxes and conduits and to correct the over simplified piping in the kit. Now with the help of the coloured diagrams, the adding of the pipes and linkages to the engine compartment will be a dream. You will wonder just how it is possible to build a kit as complex as this without this wonderful reference book along side it.
This new publication once more takes the work
of Franti and his team a leap ahead of any competitors and sets
newer standards for them to catch up on.
A very highly valued Reference book in a handy size on Modern Soviet Vehicles and will I feel sure become the standard for others to follow. I know I will constantly be referring to it as I build more of my favourite vehicles in the future. A must have for Model Makers who build Russian Vehicle Builders on their reference shelf.
For our American readers who like to score points out of 10. I give it 10 for new and innovate ideas, 10 for quality of photographs, 10 for selection of vehicles, 10 for Value for money and readability.
Under the fair review copy write laws I have
added an extra scan to illustrate the level of detail contained
in the book. To select one out of so many was very hard to do
but in the end I came out with this one. It shows the interior
of a Shelter body missile tracking vehicle.
Ian Sadler Review