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Opel Blitz

Opel Blitz Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2005 Title Opel Blitz
Author Albert Osinski Publisher Kagero
Published 2005 ISBN 83-89088-78-9
Format 42 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $14.98


Kagero released a new installment in its Topshots series covering the workhorse of the World War Two German Army, the Opel Blitz. Before WW2, the Opel factory was owned by General Motors and one of its most successful designs was a utility truck that would become one of the main movers of men and supplies around Europe.

This title takes a full-color close-up look at a meticulously restored Blitz, sticking the lens into nooks and crannies that the average modeler wouldn't think of until sitting down with their favorite Blitz kit. "What did that area behind the driver's seat look like again?" This title has 165 color photos and about the only places not photographed are inside the engine, transmission and other sealed areas that would tend to annoy the owner of this beauty.

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Even though this is a photo walk around of a restored example, the owner made every attempt to bring the truck back to the way it looked in the early 1940s. The modeler will find this useful to see the relative positions of different details such as where the steering shaft passes the engine to the front-end.

The decals included with this set provide license plates for a variety of Wehrmacht (WH), Luftwaffe (WL), and SS (SS) trucks in 1/35 and 1/72 scale.

The military historian and modeler alike will want to add this to their reference libraries - especially considering the VERY reasonable retail price!