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Nuts and Bolts Volume 36

Volume 36: Büssing's schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2 - schw.Pz.Spähwagen (7,5 cm) (SdKfz.233), schw.Pz.Fu.Wg (SdKfz.263) (8-Rad) & Panzermesskraftwagen is quite a mouthful but its all good.

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The newest Nuts and Bolts is now out and is part two of the Bussing Nag Type G5 chassis vehicles used for reconnaissance. In this volume the Sd.Kfz. 233, 263, and the unique Panzermesserkraftwagon are covered. In Volume Volume 35: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 1: - schw.Pz.Spähwagen (SdKfz.231) & schw.Pz.Spähwagen (Fu) (SdKfz.232) (8-Rad)

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the chassis etc where covered. So what is covered here are the differences between super structures, armaments, and equipment. In order to get the most out of these books I recommend getting both.

The layout is typical Nuts and Bolts. Topics are Historical / Technical. Organization, History of Reconnaissance Units, Camouflage, and Markings. A detailed modeling section is next followed by a technical overview of each type of vehicle. Then come a lot of period pictures and they are broken down into era / theaters. Pre war, Poland, North Africa,  etc. The excellent 3 view and offset drawings complement the written detail and of course one of my favorite parts is the profile section.

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I have to say now that the Panzermesskraftwagon has really sparked my interest and I am searching to see if maybe a kit or conversion are available.  What a nifty vehicle it is.

The section on Preserved and Museum vehicles has crisp clear colour pictures and I found the radio section with great pictures to pick out details to be awesome. The crypto gear was very interesting and the antenna masts will be of great help on my builds.

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I have to admit the Antenna section was of utmost interest to me as it will help with other radio vehicles in the future as well. If there was anything to complain about it would be that there are no interconnect schematics for the radio gear and ancillaries. That can be found in other places easily enough though, so not a major problem.

Again we are treated to the fine work of Tony Greenland and Vinnie Branigan.

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This book is

  • 208 pages
  • 395 photos (212 historic, 84 model, 99 modern)
  • 37 blueprints
  • 12 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organization (KStN)
  • written in German and English

You can get it directly from Nuts and Bolts for 29.90€   http://www.nuts-bolts.de/issue/show/41  or Sprue Brothers for $56.99   http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/nbb036.htm  , Last Cavalry for $42.00   http://shop.lastcavalry.com/nuts-and-bolts-bussings-schwere-pz-spahwagen-part-2-schw-pz-spahwagen-sdkfz-233-schw-pz-fu-wg-sdkfz-263/ or your favorite re-seller.

As I have stated in the past , you can not go wrong with a Nuts and Bolts book as the value to cost ratio is firmly in the value side. I would highly recommend you get both volumes before you start one of those AFV Club gems that are available.

Thank you to the Nuts and Bolts team for my review copy.      

 

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