RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
This latest Book by Wings and Wheels Publication
Title is 35 A2 in Detail US Modern 2-5 ton truck published by
RAK, P.O. Box 35, 170 06, Prague 7, Czech Republic.
The book starts with a brief history of the vehicle and then it goes straight into the photomontage of the actual vehicles. The versions that are covered are the GS version, the House body along with the Fuel tanker, and a single Gun truck.
The all the close up details are from the GS version. This covers all the details a modeller could ever want. I know by looking at many of the photographs I recognise not only the individual vehicles but the location. Having seen nearly all of them at the War and Peace Military Vehicle Rally at Belting, Kent here in the UK over the last 14 years I have attended it.
The level of detail contained is truly outstanding
and shows the amount of mud, dust, and grime that gets into every
crevice on a vehicle. For those modellers who want to add realistic
weathering to any vehicle then they cannot find a better publication
to illustrate it than this. The only part that is missing from
this book is the smell of canvas, fuel, grease and oil. Armed
with this book you can turn any of your M35 kits into a masterpiece
of modelling, it shows all the details needed to do this. This
not a book for the restoration section of the military vehicle
fraternity but is aimed solely for model makers.
If I had to pick out a single photograph to illustrate the level of detail then it must be on page 48 top left it shows the underside of the vehicle, with the front axle viewed from the rear. This is weathering like you have never seen before; an absolutely outstanding photograph.
From a personnel point of view, it is going to be invaluable when I start my Gun truck models and it will not be sitting on the reference self for many a long day.
I highly recommend it to all model makers who
like to build modern US vehicles and especially those who are
building Gun trucks now and in the Future. The authors are to
be congratulated on adding more information to a long neglected
subject of modern US Army trucks.
Check with your local book supplier for price and availability, which is not known at time of review.
Many thanks to Franti for yet an other fascinating
book to review were a pleasure.
Ian Sadler Review