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AFV Plans 1914-1938
AFV Plans: 1914-1938 Armored Fighting Vehicles by George Bradford
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

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AFV Plans "1914-1938" is a great reference for modelers who like to build early armor. Each vehicle covered has multi-view drawings and the scale drawn to assist modelers.
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This book is a comprehensive display of armored fighting vehicles from the first armored cars to the advanced tank prototypes just before WWII. It starts with the Rolls-Royce and Minerva Armored Cars by Britain and Belgium respectively. This edition ends with the some of the AFVs that would go on to be key players in WWII like the German Panzer IV Ausf. A and British A13 Cruiser tank.

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 British Mk IV tanks, US M1917 6-ton tank, and Czech LT vz. 38 light tank to lesser known vehicles like the German Gepanzerter Kraftwagen Sd.Kfz 3 armored car. The vehicles are easily grouped by year as well.

Highs: Great drawings and examples of early armor with scales for modelers.
Lows: A brief description of each vehicle would be helpful as well.
Verdict: Highly recommended for modelers and armor enthusiasts alike.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Suggested Retail: 14.95
  Related Link: Cover Photo
  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.


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