RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
This new one in the Special Museum Line No 31
series is the Dodge Trucks in Detail. The ISBN no 80-86416-37-2,
the authors are Frantisek Koran and Jan Mostek. Printed in the
now usual standard format on high quality paper and in landscape
format, it has crammed into its 72 pages; 341 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.
It is worth noting that several of the restorations have added details not consistent with wartime production. This is to comply with the legal requirements for insurance and traffic laws applicable to the country to which they operate i.e. extra traffic indicators or none standard licence plates. This is highlighted in the text so there should be no confusion.
A very nice bonus is the inclusion of photographs
of the two types of stretchers used with the Ambulance.
As an extra bonus the inclusion of the in depth photomontage of the M37 truck, this is the first time I have seen one and as such it is very welcome addition to a superb book.
This book is a compliment to the all ready published
title on "THE BEEP in Detail No 28" in the same series.
As such it completes the story of the Wartime Dodge Story. It
deserves to find a space next to the previous publication on
your reference shelf and adds yet more information about these
versatile vehicles, one so often sees at Military Vehicle Rallies.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending the book to those who love to build models of Dodge series of vehicles and to those who are lucky enough to own the real vehicle and esp. to museums who wish to maintain and restore them. I can see it selling very well at the world largest Military Vehicle Rally in July at The War and Peace Show, Beltring in Kent in the UK.
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.
Ian Sadler Review