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Opel Blitz & GAZ-67B

Opel Blitz


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Publisher and ISBN Details: Kagero TopShots 83-89088-78-9 Opel Blitz
and 83-89088-81-9 GAZ-67B
Media and Contents: 44 page walk-around type book with 170mm X 240mm card cover, minimal text, 165 photos with captions (180 for the GAZ plus drawings) and complementary decal sheet by Techmod in 1/35 and 1/72 scales
Price: GAZ Book - USD$16.96 available online from Squadron.com
Opel Blitz Book - USD$13.46 available online from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Clear, sharp, colour photographs (mostly), views of normally hidden detail, handy decals in perfect register.
Disadvantages: No plans
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Glen Porter

Kagero's TopShots books are available online from Squadron.com



Most of us will be familiar with the series of reference book by Kagero of Poland.

"Topshots" is a new series, presented in the “Walk Around” style with one page of text briefly describing the subject vehicle and its uses and 43 pages of mainly colour photos showing every nook and cranny of these vehicles.

The two books under review tonight cover the Opel Blitz and the GAZ-67B light reconnaissance vehicle.

The Blitz, in this instance, is the four wheel drive variety, known as the Opel 3.6-6700 A type (A = Allradentried or All Wheel Drive). This is a fully restored vehicle and where some parts are non-standard, such as indicators and brake lights (for legal reasons), it is noted as such in the captions. On the last page is a Technical Data sheet.

The GAZ-67B is a Jeep type vehicle built by the Soviets in 1944 for the Army although the first model, the GAZ-61 entered service in 1938/39. Again, Albert Osinski has done a remarkable job of photographing every aspect of this vehicle plus has presented line drawings of the engine, cooling system, braking system and chassis. The Tech Data sheet this time is on page 37.

Techmod decals, also from Poland, are among the very best on the market. In the Blitz book, they offer 16 number plates (front and rear) in 1/35 scale, nine of which are blank along with a host of letters and numbers for the modeler to make his, or her own. For 1/72 scale you get the 16 number plates already made up. Very handy! In the GAZ book, you get 7 sets of markings identical in both scales.

Although these books are very interesting, I think the real interest will be in what they come up with next.


Thanks to Squadron for the review sample

Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 31 October, 2005
Last updated 31 October, 2005

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