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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books,U.S. (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733564
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This third volume in this series of books on scale drawings of armored fighting vehicles of World War II is devoted to Russian military vehicles which appeared just before and during World War II. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Titterington on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By 24229540 on 19 Sept. 2011
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I have just come into possession of this book. Over 70 sets of vehicle plans, in most cases a minimum of 4 views, and using a shading system to emphasise shape, this volume covers most of the major vehicle types of the 30s, through to 1948 (BA 27 to IS 7). A number of photographs (some of them new to me) are reproduced to round out the subject.
The plans come in a variety of scales, but since a list of conversion factors is also supplied there is no need to worry about the scale presented.
If you are interested in the history of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, and particularly as a modeller, then George Bradford's AFV Plans, whilst not a particularly good "read", are a must for your library.
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By S. Alexander on 7 Jun. 2014
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these drawings and cut aways helped heaps with detailing model tanks of this era would recommend to anyone doing modeling
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A good source but a few disappointments 20 July 2009
By J. Terry - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a wargaming enthusiast and find scale drawings vital to identifying correct angles and dimensions of vehicle armor. While I appreciate the considerable amount of work that obviously went into creating such drawings I was surprised and somewhat annoyed at the errors/omissions that I found. First of all there were no drawings at all of the Russian T70; at least 2500 of these vehicles were built during WWII. The T26 models show a ground clearance that's way too high on the front and rear view but correct on the side view; this inconsistency makes one question the dimensions of the rest of the vehicle. Other minor errors include a few incorrect angles (as much as 13 degrees on the BT-5 front hull based on photographs) and T-34 track widths that are too narrow (based on direct proving ground measurements that I've taken). Maybe I'm being too critical but it's for the details that I bought this book. On a positive note, I was happy to see all of the main BT series vehicles and a hard-to-find drawing of the T-34/76 1943 with the Uralmash forged turret. All-in-all very useful but needs some refinements.

Joe
Excellent Product for the money 5 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.
Nice drawings 15 Feb. 2011
By Jon V. Theisen - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi, love these series of drawing books, very informative for my modeling, while not covering every varient it does a nice job of the standard vehicle.
russian armor vechicles 9 Aug. 2009
By Tony D. Wixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
book is well done, drawings exelent. Some incancistancies in some of the captions but very good overall.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One to have 1 July 2007
By Robert De Craecker - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew about the drawings of George Bradford (he has is own website) and I had a free image to study. I think he does a great job. As I am interested in Russian armor I bought this book, it's great, nice line art, fine details, together with some good pictures of these items every modeller will have great results building models from scratch. Well worth it's price.
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