British Armored Fighting Vehicles Paperback – Feb 13 2008
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George Bradford is a technical artist and military historian who has been researching World War II and producing scale drawings for more than thirty years. He lives in Canada.
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Armored Fighting Vehicles
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.Read more ›
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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!
This 93 page soft cover A4 book is essentially a collection of scale drawings of the major armoured vehicles used by the British and Commonwealth forces during World War II between 1939 and 1945. The drawings are in either 35th, 48th Scale or 72nd scale with some subjects being covered in multiple scales. They appear to be computer rendered with surface shading in a gray and black ink. Each drawing has a scale bar underneath it to indicate the scale which, importantly, can be used to compensate for any size distortion in enlargement. Most subjects are covered in four views but there are a few in five views. A bonus is the number of photos of the actual vehicles in Black and White, a few of which appear to be rare and previously unseen images.
The drawings are presented in chronological order starting with a Carden Lloyd Mk VI Carrier and ending with the Centurion Mk 1 Pilot. Tanks are not the sole subject material with Armoured cars, ACV's, AEV's and SP's getting good coverage. I was pleased to see that the range of subjects included the US supplied vehicles as well as British and Commonwealth subjects. Many of the subjects show different variants where applicable such as the Firefly, Churchill, Vickers Lt series and a number of Engineering and specialist variants are included.
This book also includes a short introduction and importantly for the modeller it includes a very useful table of reduction and enlargement ratios. The plans are well detailed but definitely not like the 1:1 blueprints. Additionally there is a diagram explaining the Basic Components of a Tank, and a Bibliography.
This is an extremely useful title whether you are a modeller, AFV enthusiast or a wargamer and will make a welcome addition to readers reference library
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