S u m m a r y
TopShots 83-89088-78-9 Opel Blitz
and 83-89088-81-9 GAZ-67B
||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
GAZ Book - USD$16.96 available online from Squadron.com
Opel Blitz Book - USD$13.46 available online from Squadron.com
Clear, sharp, colour photographs (mostly), views of normally hidden
detail, handy decals in perfect register.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
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
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
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