I was looking forward to this book when I saw the announcement for it several months ago, having an interest in Vietnam and the uniforms of that ever-evolving conflict. Having several other books on the subject, and knowing H&C's reputation, I obviously thought that this would be a stellar book to add to that collection, as the author states he is using all authentic uniforms and gear from the era. True. However, after assembling a very nice representation of uniforms from all branches of the US military, he then proceeds to put them on the absolute WORST collections of models! The men, and one woman, depicted as US military personnel, serving in Vietnam, all look like a collection of pasty white, bloated drunks from your local pub! The look and feel of the photographed models, wearing the uniforms, looks, at best, like a poorly-done off-Broadway musical. The effect if almost comical is certain pictures, with the models "mugging" for the camera, or trying to play it up, often with an over-the-top presentation.
Some of the descriptions of the uniforms, gear, or personnel seems to be culled directly from wikipedia, or google. Glaring omissions in terms of how SOME of the Marines are presented is downright insulting, not to mention in error. A few of the US Army soldiers are disappointing as well.
All in all, buy Kevin Lyles book "Vietnam: US Uniforms IN Colour Photographs" if you want a GOOD representation on model studies of the people and equipment used in SE Asia. Shelby Stanton's book, "US Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War" is also a much more in depth study of this area.
I know that this particular book was designed with scale modelers and figure painters in mind, but it is a sorely lacking, poorly executed attempt, and should best be avoided. Too many other books are out there, that are much more in-depth, or overall, better.
Save your money on this one. And since this is only volumn 1 of two, one can only wait and see if the second book is better....but I doubt it will be.
Just my two cents....