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American Armored Vehicles: World War II Armored Fighting Vehicle Plans [Paperback]

George R. Bradford
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1 Feb 2007 World War II Armored Fighting Vehicle Plans
This title contains fine scale drawings of America's tanks and other armoured vehicles during the entire course of World War II. Multiple angles provide a level of detail for the M2 Halftrack, M3 Lee/Grant Tank, M3A3 Stuart Tank, M4 Sherman Tank, Staghound Armored Car, LVT Amphibious Tank, and dozens more.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733403
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This second volume in this series of books on scale drawings of armored fighting vehicles of World War II is devoted to American military vehicles which were produced in the USA leading up to and during WWII. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars AFV Scale(?) Plan books 4 Sep 2011
I scratch build scale AFV models for a hobby and purchased the entire set of these books (all at around half price here on Amazon) with the intention of creating various models from them.

I was very disappointed to find that they are not very accurate nor well detailed.

I have been drawing engineering drawings for work for over 25yrs so I do know my way around scale drawings.

At first glance these plans look great, however, if you try to use them to build from beware.

There is no indication of hidden detail which makes it very difficult to identify the real shape of parts, especially tank hulls.

Also there are discrepancies between the plans and elevations - the same detail in some cases is ether drawn at a different size or even in a different position. When compared to photographs of real vehicles it also becomes apparent that a lot of detail is missing from the plans or wrong.

I am building a 1/15 Vickers Light V1b and T34/85 and can definitely say that the plans for these vehicles have inaccuracies and inconsistencies. I have also shelved my idea of building an early Stug III due to the lack of details on the plans.

Having said all that - where else are you going to get books full of large tank plans?

So, in conclusion, they are nice to look at but do not believe all that you see if you intend to build from them - check against real photographs wherever possible and any other sources of dimensions before commencing. If you approach them knowing this then they can still be useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of drawings 7 Mar 2007
By Gary E. Binder - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Bradford's name is very familiar to old hands in combat vehicle research. In this volume he has collected some of his fine plan drawings. The US military entered WW2 playing "catch up" in combat vehicles, but produced a huge variety of tanks vehicles. Mr. Bradford has helped sort some of the many styles and designs by presenting them in multi-view scale plan drawings. The drawings cover American combat vehicles such as tanks, armored cars, halftracks, Amtracs and self-propelled artillery from before WW2 to the war's end. A limited number of photos are included to support the drawings, but the plans are the essence of the book. Shading of the drawings helps make them easier to read. The plans are presented in popular model building scales. There is even a page of conversion percentages to allow the drawings to be enlarged or reduced to meet the needs of the purchaser. This volume is highly recommended for model manufacturers, model builders, historians and anyone with an interest in the technical development of vehicles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES 8 Mar 2008
By M. KENDALL - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Collection of U.S. AFV Drawings! 18 May 2008
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Noted armor historian and illustrator George Bradford casts a pretty wide net in this entry in his 'World War II AFV Plans' series, providing 69 well-done drawings of some very interesting examples of American 'heavy metal.' Armor buffs, modellers and wargamers will definitely want to pick up AMERICAN ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES.

Despite the WWII title, Bradford's coverage of starts in the early 1930s with M1 Armored Cars, M1A1 Light Tanks, M3A1 White Scout Cars and other pre-war AFVs. World War vehicles include basic and modified versions of the Stuart, Sherman, Lee, Pershing and Chaffee along with assorted scout cars, half-tracks, gun motor carriages like the M36, LVTs, 'Weasel' cargo carriers, etc.

My fascination with Bradford's AFV series lies not only with the drawings of mainstay AFVs but also his coverage of more obscure models. For instance, how many are familiar with the 1940 Marmon-Herrington CTMS-1TB1 tank? That was built for the Dutch but used by the U.S. Army for training when Holland fell to the Nazis. Then there is the M31 ARV, Sherman 'Calliope,' T1E3 'Aunt Jemima' mine exploder, M6A1 Heavy tank, T28 Superheavy tank and so on.

A good read for all fans of AFVs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent AFV Drawings 18 April 2014
By Reinaldo L. Andujar - Published on Amazon.com
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I have followed George Bradford’s work since 1964 and he has always come up with an excellent product. These plans originated in a series, by country in 1/35 and 1/48 scale, of popular armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) that he sold on his web site. They complement the standard reference texts in the field that provide the technical and operational details of AFVs. Since the Bellona series stopped production years ago these are the best available resource for military modelers other than articles specifically written on a particular vehicle. What I found particularly useful is that he covers subjects that are obscure or have been overlooked in the normal study of AFVs. This opinion applies to the entire series that has been published.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill 21 Aug 2013
By oman Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Really good book I read it all in one night it is a good book to learn about tanks and armored vehicles
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