Friday, 27 August 2010

Barbarossa Stowage - online

The book is finished and available now at Blurb. 150 pages, 125 images, 10 pages of diagrams.

This preview is full just now but will be reduced to a partial review after a month on the website. Click on the link to be taken to the books page on the website.

I have another blog running for this book and I will continue to post images there that filled gaps and confirmed information that I was unable to get from my own collection during the research but also add new and interesting stuff that continues to appear and if any errors appear correct them.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

models for the TauchPz supplement

The two models are nearing completion, with most of the major additions and corrections done.

The idea is just to undercoat them for the close up diagrams and then finish them off as vehicles from specific units. I think I'll add a review of the accuracy/inaccuracy of each kit as an appendix, as you can see there are very few of the Tauch elements from the Dragon kit used.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Supplementary Editions take shape

Both supplementary editions have taken shape over the summer. The BARBARROSA stowage one taking off and nearing completion it should be available on Blurb soon.(click on image for clearer view)It may have already been up but for the decision to add diagrams to help the reader collate the heap of complex information I am trying to get across in this publicaton. I had always thought the book needed this but until my copywriter Bam persuaded me I had thought it was too much work for me and too expensive to source out. It turns out I was right! Each Kompanie has 4 elevations and there are 49 different Kompanies to illustrate!!!

Most of the summer has been spent tweaking, correcting, shrinking and enlarging the diagrams to get them to fit the book. They are bit small for those of us with diminishing ocular prowess but I will make digital versions free so they can be blown up. This is due to the proportion of the books available at Blurb. The delay however has allowed me time to solve a few unknowns and a couple of helpful images have turned up. It is now 150 pages in total and more comprehensive than I could have imagined when I started it only a year ago. I am confident to say there is nothing else out there like it and any one who has or is thinking of modeling a PzIV from Barbarossa will need a copy. I have, where ever possible, selected images that not only show the relevant the detail but give a feel for the landscape and environment that this epic and brutal conflict took place in.

The next supplementary edition is the TauchPanzer one. it has been on the go the longest. In fact I started it before any of the regular "PzKpfw at the front" volumes. It has seen a slight change in direction for me in that I have asked a number of other photo collectors I have come across to share their images with me to fill some gaps. As the TauchPanzer is my favourite vehicle I wanted to produce a monograph worthy of it. The few yawning gaps in my own collection left me frustratingly close to this goal but no cigar. They have been generous in their donations and the book nears its completion.Information covers wider use of the vehicle than the initial crossing of the Bug river. Each unit is described down to Kompanie level in terms of markings and stowage, in the same way as the Barbarossa supplement. In addition there is a section on vehicles pre-Barbarossa and an appendix of images with helpful details of the TauchPzIII.

I have decided to illustrate the details that I have discovered but are not clear in my own images with a pair of 1/35 models. Using the excellent Tristar Ausf D and the not so excellent Dragon Ausf E as the starting points. It has been a while since I have modeled on this scale but again these two projects are nearing completion.

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Friday, 20 August 2010

Free postage ! !

GOOD NEWS for a limited time only though.
Fom now until Aug 31st Blurb are offering free shipping, see this link

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Volume 5 under way

With the four main PzIV volumes finished I can turn my attention to the fifth one and to the supplementary editions. The fifth volume will cover the wide range of variants that used the PzIV hull and versions of it.

The collection is now in such a position that I am to be able to start it. I have something in there that covers the most important vehicles and some rarities that will make it worthwhile. Scanning is complete and resizing and minimum image cleaning commences as the layout takes shape.

The nature of these vehicles is such that photographs coming up that I could add to my collection are just about as rare as their original subjects. This makes the process of collecting them slow and considerably more expensive than the everyday tank. I have provisionally set the publication date for this for next Spring to allow for other images to appear that will enhance the quality of what is already there.

Meanwhile as I slowly add to this Volume the first two supplementary editions near completion with the BARBAROSSA stowage volume nearly completed and the TauchPz coming together with illustrations to add.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Vol 2 in AFV Modeller

Vol 2 reviewed in AFV Modeller, No. 53 July/August by David Parker.
A similarly positive review to the one he gave in a previous issue for the other volumes.

" This is the fourth release in this series of books devoted purely to archive images of the Panzer IV and its bound to be welcomed by modelers because just like the previous volumes, this contains almost entirely previously unpublished images. This new volume covers the Ausf E and D vehicles as well the Tauchpanzer wading variants, Voepanzer and other hybrid vehicles with a mix of components. This book is divided into sections for each of these and mostly with one big photo per page. The key identifying features or production changes for each Ausf are clearly described and the book also includes a useful chart which lays out some sixty four different design characteristics, relating them to Ausf model and production date. Also included are some smaller reproductions of certain images and examples of original caption information for some of the images. Panzer Iv fans will find plenty here to excite and inspire and whilst as you might expect there are one or two blurry images the majority are excellent as are the captions where the author clearly shows his huge knowledge of all things Panzer IV. At a time when many will be tired of seeing the same limited selection of images reproduced a book like this packed with fresh material should be celebrated and the author commended for sharing his collection of Panzer IV pictures with us. Excellent stuff!!"

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