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AFV Plans: Cold War AFVs
AFV Plans: Cold War Armored Fighting Vehicles by George Bradford
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

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This book is a comprehensive display of armored fighting vehicles from the end of WWII up to 1990. It starts with a few vehicles from the very end of WWII in 1945 and covers most of the vehicles from most nations that has been introduced since then. This 140 page softcover book is published by Stackpole Books and is one of the latest in the AFV Plans series by George Bradford.

inside the book

The book starts with an introduction that explains the drawings and range of vehicles covered. There is also a page showing the scale conversions necessary to either enlarge or decrease the size of the illustrations for easy model-building. Each page shows a different vehicle in crisp 3 or 4 view drawings along with the scale they are drawn in and has a scale ruler on it. The drawings are very nice and show the front, rear, top, and at least one side of each vehicle. Variations on the basic design that led to different marks are also illustrated as insets on the same page as the vehicle. Also, areas that are obscured by parts of the vehicle are shown in detailed insets on the page.


The range of vehicles covered varies from common ones like the M48A3, T-55, and M113 series to more obscure prototypes like the US XM808 Twister Armored Car and lesser known vehicles like the Swedish Ikv 91 Tank Destroyer. The vehicles are easily grouped by year as well.
Highs: Great drawings and scale for modelers to follow.
Lows: A brief description of each vehicle would be helpful.
Verdict: Highly recommended for modelers and armor enthusiasts alike.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID:  ISBN 978-0811706780
  Suggested Retail: 14.95
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 18, 2011

About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 40+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 35 or so.

Copyright 2020 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


Gino I have heard that the stated scales are often out in these publications, have you noticed any issues in this example?
MAR 22, 2011 - 09:47 AM
Darren, I have a few of the WWII AFV plan books. I can scan some pages for you if you have any particular vehicles that you want to check the plans against for comparison.
MAR 23, 2011 - 06:14 PM

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