Reviewed by Brett Green
"Hetzer and G-13" book
is available online from Squadron.com
Prolific Polish publishers Kagero has released a new volume on the German
Jagdpanzer Hetzer , including coverage of the post-war G-13 in Swiss service.
This vehicle was based on a widened chassis of the old Panzerkampfwagen 38(t),
with wider roadwheels and a totally new engine, hull and armament. Despite the
older heritage of its running gear, the new vehicle was considered to be one of
the most successful tank destroyers of WWII, as it was fast, cheap and
hard-hitting. Its low profile and heavily sloped armour also made it a difficult
However, it was not all good news, as crews found the vehicle cramped and a
difficult work environment with poor visibility.
Kagero's new book on the Hetzer by Mike Koenig and George Parada is a very
helpful package for modellers. Following George Parada's brief description of
the genesis and development of the vehicle, we are treated with 47 full-colour
walkaround photos and a furteher 80 photos in black and white. These photos are
captioned in both English and Polish, and cover the whole vehicle from front to
back, interior and exterior.
The Hetzer featured a range of unique colour schemes and these are nicely
represented in 12 colour profiles. Each profile is accompanied by a wartime
reference photo of the vehicle, although it would have been nice to have larger
reproduction of these photos.
As a bonus for the modeller, Kagero includes a decal sheet that contains
markings for all 12 featured vehicles, in 1/35 and 1/72 scales. The decals are
printed in perfect register by Techmod
With its wealth of great colour walkaround photos, profiles and decals, Kagero's
"Hetzer & G-13" book will be a very useful resource to all modellers of German
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 September, 2003
Last updated 20 September, 2003
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