Thursday, 16 June 2011

BLURB vouchers !!

There are some vouchers for Blurb available here

I tried ADBLURB today and it worked for me - 20% off (the currency had to be US $)


These vouchers usually have a shelf-life, as do the sites they are on. However a Google search for "Blurb vouchers" will usually unearth something worthwhile - if you are willing to dig a bit.

I got 15% off today (14/03/12) with 15OFFBLURB

I got 25% off (04/04/12) with FREESTYLE

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Moblewagen additional "Additional Comments"

On pages 28 - 31 there are two images of a group of Moblewagens that came from the same source. The following text was sent on my request by the seller. I couldn't find it to put it in the Additional Comment section of volume 5 but it turned up during filing so here it is now.

"Hello Craig,
..............In regards to the photos, Anton Welzbacher is the man that these photos came from. In case you were wondering, I did not remove these from an album, if they had been in an album I would have sold the entire album. At one time it appears some of these photos were in an album. This particular photo is from approx 1943 and these soldiers were his new recruits. The guy I bought these from had everything from this guy, the uniform, medals, tons of documents, etc. All came from the family in Germany. Anton served on the Western front 1939-1940 were he was awarded the Assault Badge, Iron Cross 1st, 2nd, and Panzer Badge, as well as sharpshooter, War Merit. He only spent a brief time on the Eastern, and North Afrika front, then returned to train new recruits in Germany. This is when this photo was taken. After Germany lost so many soldiers on the Eastern front he was sent back into action in 1944, Western Front. This is when he was leading a unit of Mobelwagens to provide air protection for the armor and ground troops. Since I also had his surrender papers, I am pretty sure he was captured late 1944-1945 by the Americans (probably saved his life). Pretty interesting stuff. In addition from what I understand he won the Knights Cross, but was never able to wear it since he did not return to Germany until the war was over.

hope this helps,

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cover Story

Recognise this image?

The photo I picked up and used in my book is in fact the actual original from the magazine - I just had to use it on the cover when I discovered this. The last page in the book shows the photo's reverse with comments from the time and a cut out from the inside of a printed mag.

The Yank Magazine was produced weekly and aimed at the troops. There were different editions for each theatre, this cover was for a US edition in Sept 44. Anyone interested in the contents can find them here along with lots of others:

plus this blog has a lot of archived content and images:

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Volume 5 available on BLURB

At last the series is complete, I uploaded Vol 5: Variants tonight:

Although it was the book I started first it is the last completed. Like any collection it's the rarities that are special and this book is crammed with them. By covering as many variants as i can I have squeezed in as much info on each type represented as was feasible, where ever possible including the most up to date research available.

As mentioned in a previous post I have been in touch with the StugIV salvage team in Poznan and they have supplied me with the actual dimensions of the shields they recovered. I have used these to update diagrams I have been working on since 2007 allowing a comprehensive exploration of the final Stug IV version.

As always the photos are printed as larger as possible with a number being stretched over double page spreads to allow details to be seen more clearly.

Now it's on with the TauchPzIV supplementary edition, which I have just got some great photos to add to it and some help with a 1/16 modelling difficulty. With a fare wind It should be done by Late Aug/Sept.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Mention in the current MMiR (53)

Some more encouraging feedback from the Modeling press, this time from across the Atlantic in the form of the excellent Military Miniatures in Review.

Two mentions. The first in the news section

" 8wheels-good
We were pretty blown away by the four volume super set of books that 8wheels-good did on the PzKpfw IV. What would your shelves at home look like without a couple of theses Wehrmacht Workhorses on them? Normal, that's how! Now take those damn things out of the living room before someone sees them! Anyway where were we? Oh, yeah. There's a new book out: Barbarossa Stowage.................."

The second is a review of the afore mentioned 4 books

"Every one loves the good old Panzer iV. Who out there doesn't have a small (or large) stack of Dragon and Tamiya kits of this Wehrmacht workhorse? Anyway, if you've got any of the early versions, you probably need to dig a bit of reference. Well, Craig Ellis of 8wheels-good is here to help. We recently got hold of his four volumes of Panzer IV sweetness and thought we'd give you a snap shot of what's going on here. Each volume is made up of photos from the authors private collection, so there's lots of original material. The photos are the main attraction to the book and each one is informatively captioned. The snaps are also nice and big. There is a short textual background for each version of the tank. Voumes 1 & 2 will be especially useful to those modlling early versions of the Panzer IV since photos of Ausf A-E are kinda rare in other references. Vol-2 gives you a nice big chart of the changes for the early versions too. Vol 3 gives the Ausf F and early G special treatment since this was the period when the Panzer IV was the mainstay of the Panzertruppe and Vol 4 wraps the series up with late G, H and J coverage. Both volumes also provide charts of the production changes for the models they cover. These books are available through and each one is given an in depth summary on the website. Each Volume is available in hardcover or soft cover. They are a bit pricey, partially because they are print on demand. We think the cost is worth it though if your really into Panzers. The photo collection alone is worth the price and the author gives you a very thorough briefing of the Panzer IV, especially the early versions. Kudos and thanks go out to the author, Craig Ellis, for this fine work and the review samples".

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