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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (Feb. 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811734536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811734530
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.4 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Dunnage on Jan. 15 2009
Format: Paperback
WWII AFV Plans
British
Armored Fighting Vehicles
Vol. V
By George Bradford

For many years George Bradford has been producing and selling drawings of military vehicles. The drawings have been for many years an essential addition to the library of many plastic model builders as a reference source. The drawings produced by Mr. Bradford span from the conception of the tank and armored car in the early part of the 20th Century to the modern day battle tanks that are fielded by the armies of the 21st Century. Quite literally Mr. Bradford has produced hundreds of drawings, which up until now were only available as individual sheets, which had to be purchased directly through his web site.

Now Stackpole Books and Mr. Bradford have combined their efforts to bring you these drawings in several different volumes covering the main combatants of WWII. Each volume covers the tanks and armored cars used by the armies from early light tanks seen at the beginning of the war in 1939 to the heavy battle tanks making their appearances in the last days of the war. The armored cars are also covered in this way giving you an appreciation of the changes made during the war to improve the combat worthiness and effectiveness of the equipment to try and keep men alive and to combat the enemies continued inventiveness in anti-armour warfare against both armored cars and tanks.

This volume here covers one of the original combatants of WWII, the British Army. Many Americans tend to forget that well before Pearl Harbour the British and their Commonwealth cousins were fighting battles in Europe and North Africa and thus had been developing and using multiple types of tanks and armored cars for some time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You can never have enough references for model building! Aug. 4 2010
By J. Hand - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all the books in this particular series. I enjoy WWII history in general and have a keen interest in the weapons of war purely as part of my love for all things mechanical. Ultimately, I build 1/35th scale WWII military models, especially armored vehicles, full tracked, half tracks, wheeled, towed, and various soft skins as well. This book, and all in the same series are very useful for helping clarify the sometimes unclear, poorly illustrated, and/or incorrect instructions that come with some models. It's just helpful to see where things go and their orientation. Because many of the drawings are in 1/35th and some in 1/48th scale the illustrations are also useful for taking measurements. These scale drawings can aid in verifying dimensional accuracy of models, aid in locating items esactly, and in scratchbuilding pieces. There are a few pictures throughout the volumes, but not of every vehicle and not always the best picture available. There is no historical information or technical data, no part labeling, but that's not the purpose of these books.

NITPICKS: The way the drawings are outlines showing the main views are very clear and uncluttered. The one drawback is that often only one side view is shown while front, rear, and top views are always given. Anyone familiar with military vehicles will know there are sometimes substantial differences between the two sides. Another shortcoming is that only one representative vehicle of a particular vehicle model is shown. Many vehicles went through multiple revisions, some subtle and some dramatic as well as coming in distinctly different versions. Again, this series is incomplete in that regard.

By far, my favorite use of these books is to copy the images on my scanner or my copier and using the copies, draw out the camouflage paint scheme I will use. I'll also plot damage, where I will locate add ons, and/or do modifications. For that, the missing models or revisions in the drawings don't matter that much.

WISHFUL THINKING: In the realm of wishful thinking, I would love to see these books done in this exact format, each being dedicated to a particular vehicle. To have an individual book showing all 5 views of every Churchill, of every Sherman, of every Tiger or Panzer IV would be an indispensable aid to me and every other military modeler. Much of that information is available, but it's spread over so many books. Most of those are a pricey because they are also full of historical data, photographs, maps, text, etc. which, while useful, doesn't always cut to the chase in the way we modelers need. And yes, I am aware of Panzer Tracts but they are expensive, often go out of print quickly or become hard to find and become even more costly. The Panzer Tracts SERIES have details historical and technical, but don't get directly to the meat and potatoes of the issue which is clear, concise, accurate line drawings made to scale aimed exclusively at the model builder without all the other fluff.

To summarise, I think this book and all its companion volumes make a nice, worthy, and useful ADDITION to the military model builder's reference library. Within a few limitations, they are very handy especially when trying to decipher the less than stellar building instructions that accompany many models, especially from eastern Asia and some European countries. Uses as I described above are just not available with anything else. Price is not too bad for what you get. I have all of these that are available as of this date and will continue to buy them as they are released. I still hope some day that either this publisher and/or author(s) have the inspiration to release a set of these in vehicle specific format as I described under Wishful Thinking. Still, despite the few flaws I recommend these highly!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Stuff Jan. 21 2010
By Mark A. Lopiccola - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent series of books. Georges work is well known in the plastic modeling industry, and he should have published these years ago. Thanks George.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
GREAT addition to any Model Builder's Library... July 25 2008
By M. Orona - Published on Amazon.com
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This book if filled with good useful scale line drawings of various armored vehicles... Just the thing for a "scratch-builder" looking for new interesting projects... A MUST have for the scale armor modeler...
Excellent Product for the money April 5 2014
By Reinaldo L. Andujar - Published on Amazon.com
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I have followed George Bradford’s work since 1964 and he has always come up with an excellent product. These plans originated in a series, by country in 1/35 and 1/48 scale, of popular armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) that he sold on his web site. They complement the standard reference texts in the field that provide the technical and operational details of AFVs. Since the Bellona series stopped production years ago these are the best available resource for military modelers other than articles specifically written on a particular vehicle. What I found particularly useful is that he covers subjects that are obscure or have been overlooked in the normal study of AFVs. This opinion applies to the entire series that has been published.
Excellent book Dec 23 2013
By Erin Jenkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very helpful in researching these vehicles, especially if you're building a replica as I am in the process of doing.

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