Panzer Aces Number 42 Book Review
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||October 2013||Title||Panzer Aces Number 42|
|Author||Multiple||Publisher||Accion Press Modelismo|
|Format||64 pages, softbound||MSRP (Euro)||11.00€|
Accion Press had sent a number of titles for review and two of them (this being one of them) was inadvertently set aside by mistake. The find is rather timely as three of the articles and a photo galery in this issue are variations of the Willys Jeep (a favorite of mine). As you'll note on the right side of the cover is a UK and US flag which indicates that this issue is printed in English.
The first article in this issue covers how to create a really nice diorama using the Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkrad, two figures, a display base and backdrop, and a few odds and ends to 'busy up' the setting. As with other articles published in this series, focus is put on how to add details to or modify a given kit to achieve a more realistic look, plus advanced techniques for painting and weathering.
The Jeep trifecta includes an SAS example from North Africa, an LRDG Jeep from the same theater, and a US Army Jeep at Bastogne during that seige. This is complimented with a nice nine-page photo gallery of Jeeps restored and configured as SAS examples (no doubt used by DML for their releases).
The last article covers the Italeri SwS kit towing an 88mm PaK-43, and as with the previous articles, the builder takes you through the steps to create a masterpiece out of a couple of average kits.
While it took too long to get this title in front of you, it certainly made itself known to me when I was trying to find one such useful reference. These Panzer Aces series are must-have references for the armor modeler, whether you're a novice or a master, these issues provide the clear visual how-to techniques which can teach or enhance your own skills. What is also enjoyable with these titles is that they are some of the few left that are not full of advertisements, only the inside cover and rear cover carry ads, the rest is all golden content. You're going to want this in your library!
My sincere thanks to Accion Press for this review sample!