MMiR Modelerís Special Edition Guide to the Kubelwagen
MMiR Special Issue 1, by Joe Porter, no ISBN, Ampersand Publishing Co, Inc.
Joe Porter describes and shows how to model every conceivable variant of the
Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen. This
who wish to copy him will be relieved that almost every one is commercially
available as a conversion. The only
exceptions are the original long wheelbase Schwimmwagen, which Gum Ka seems to
have dropped from its list after producing only a few (maybe only one)
conversion sets, and the prototype of the short wheelbase production version
which needs major work from the modeller.
begins with a very useful section with text and photographs of the real things
to show the modifications introduced during production.
Dates of introduction and chassis numbers are given when known, too.
Next comes a two-page spread of excerpts from the illustrated parts list,
very useful Ė both exhaust arrangements are shown, for instance.
An analysis of the kits on the market tells you which features each one
has, so if youíre after a Kubel for a 1941 diorama you know to get the Italeri
kit instead of Dragon, Hasegawa or Tamiya.
This section is rounded off by a list, with illustrations, of the common
modifications which most models will need Ė engine bay hatch latches, for
instance. All this takes up only 15
of the 80 pages, and then itís on to the models.
I said, every conceivable version is here and each of them is described in text
and photographs for modellers to follow, with the base kit and conversions used
noted at the top of the page. The
first is the Tamiya Type 82, chosen to show a standard Kubel with extra
detailing. All the others get an
overview of the real Kubelís use, a note of its characteristics, and a note of
any special work needed to produce the model.
Even the big 1/16 Afrika Korps model from Tamiya is included, so itís
all bang up to date.
of the model sections come with reference photographs of the real thing, and on
page 68 we move into a reference section with detail photographs of restored
vehicles. Page 76 starts a kit
list, including all the conversion and detail sets, and the final page is a list
of reference books and websites.
the only thing not included in this book is a section of photographs of the real
engine, and here Joe wisely refers the reader to the Wings and Wheels book
instead of trying to compete with it.
All in all, an excellent book and very highly recommended. Not even the renowned Steelmasters ďHors-SeriesĒ are as good as this!
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