Allied - Axis Volume 16 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||March 2006||Title||Allied - Axis Volume 16|
Ampersand publishes, what I consider, 2 excellent publications. One is their quarterly magazine: Military Miniatures in Review. This is a magazine about all kinds of armor model subjects. The second publication is their series of WWII picture albums: Allied-Axis.
This series is now up to issue 16. It is in their usual 11” x 8 ½” soft-cover format (very much like the size of Squadron’s In Action books) and about a ¼” thick. This new issue is 96 pages in length.
Each new issue in the series features very clear photos of WWII armor subjects, usually ones that have never appeared in print elsewhere before. Most of the text is in the form of captions under the pictures. A lot of the pictures are full page ones.
There are 4 chapters in this new issue:
- 1.5 Ton U.S. Chevy Truck (wartime photos & walk-arounds) This is the largest article in the book.
- German “Nashorn” Tank Destroyer (wartime photos & walk-arounds) With some beautiful shots of the interior.
- German 7.5cm Pak 40 Anti-tank Gun (wartime photos & walk-arounds)
- Odd U.S. DUKW Modifications & Uses.
There are no less than 183 black and white photos in this issue. One of the black and white shots of the Pak 40 is repeated, in full color, on the back cover.
This issue has great walk-around shots that show many details of these subjects. They will be a valuable reference resource to armor model builders. I only lament that there were no walk-around shots of the DUKW. However, there are some neat shots of that with all kinds of different equipment and body styles it used.