The newest Nuts and Bolts Volume is out and again Heiner F. Duske's team has come up with a winner. Now this is listed as Part 1, and covers the Sd.Kfz. 231 and 232. This is good news for anyone with the newer AFV Club kits. It will be even more valuable to anyone with the older Tamiya kits for that super detailing you might want to do.
Broken down into its familiar layout this 200 page tome is written in German and English. Consisting of 311 pictures of historic, museum, and models you will be able to see almost every aspect of these vehicles for your modeling pleasure. As I've mentioned before I was introduced to this series when I tried my first Aber set. My good friend Brent said if what I was trying to research wasn't in a Nuts and Bolts book it wasn't worth knowing. I've never been disappointed. To complement the text and photos you also get 53 diagrams and 14 colour profiles.
To supplement all of this visual goodness there is a very well written treaties on the subject matter. From a brief introduction, through development of the vehicle, to the development of the vehicle designation we are taken to the variants. From there we get into the technical specifications and evolution of the 8 Rad. One thing I appreciate about the Nuts and Bolts series is the inclusion of the ORBATs. How they were deployed in a unit. It makes for interesting historical reading and also helps when you are considering building a vignette or diorama. With all the info available these days there is no excuse for missing the wrong vehicles together.
I must say that the ORBAT is very comprehensive and very interesting. After that there is a section on camouflage, markings and license plates which will help when your ready to paint. The shear quantity of information is impressive and there is so much to learn. Even if you are not a modeler, but rather a historian this is a treasure trove.
The 311 pictures throughout the book give fantastic perspective both historically and mechanically. Every bit of the vehicle is covered and should allow anyone the ability to build a great model no matter what stage in your modeling career. Which brings us to the next topic.
Again Tony Greenland and Vinnie Branigan showcase the very impressive skills build one vehicle each. I really enjoy seeing these gentlemens modeling as there is so much to learn from them.
Overall another winner from Nuts and Bolts. Information, History, Technical aspects, Markings, all in one tidy package. I'm looking forward to Part 2 and more. Whether building a kit oob or super detailing, or even building a variation the info is here for you. Hands down my favorite publications.
Where can you get these books? Well right from Nuts and Bolts for 29.9 € or Last Cavalry for $40.00, or Sprue Brothers for $59.99. I checked Amazon .com and they have is also for various prices. Any reputable book store should also have a copy.
To sum up this is another excellent book and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I would like to thank Mr. Duske and the Nuts and Bolts team for my review copy.