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Book Review
Reference CD-ROMs

by: Bryan Gray [ EX-ROYAL ]


The CD ROMs

The CDís come in a standard CD type slim jewel case with a printed insert containing a picture of the vehicle featured in the CD. On the inside cover you will find a list of all the contents and their sub headings. The CDís as well have a well printed label so that you wont get them mixed up. Overall a very professional presentation that is both pleasing to the eye effective. . The CDís have an automatic start up for Windows users and they utilize a web browser based system that will run the CD on your web browser. I used it with Microsoft IE and with Moezilla Firefox without any problems.

M551 Sheridan

This CD could not have come at a better time with the recent release of the Academy Sheridan you will now be able to find the details that need to be improved upon by just the click of a mouse. Included on this CD are over 160 High Resolution (an average of 300k) pictures of a very nicely restored and maintained Sheridan. The Shots range from overall shots to very specific detail images that you will not usually find in a reference book. There is a nice balance of exterior and some very detailed interior shots that will come in very handy if you want to fully deck out your Sheridan. I looked at every picture on the CD and I could not find one picture that was out of focus and or blurry or too dark.

CD Contents and Categories
152mm Gun Launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan turret exterior table of contents
152mm Gun Launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan hull exterior table of contents
152mm Gun Launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan suspension table of contents
152mm Gun Launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan turret interior table of contents
152mm Gun Launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan hull interior table of contents

M4A3(76) and M4A2(76) HVSS

Upon opening this CD I couldnít believe the shear number of sub categories I had to choose from. With over 400 High Resolution pictures to browse through you will be able to zoom in on just about every inch of these two tanks inside and out. Again as with the Sheridan CD all the pictures are well focused and well lit. Being somewhat of a Sherman nut myself I couldnít help but find myself clicking the forward button and just soaking up all the pictures of the interior and the detail shots you NEVER see in a reference book.
CD Contents and Categories

M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman turret exterior table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman hull exterior table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman suspension table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman turret interior table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman hull interior table of contents
M4A2(76)HVSS Sherman main table of contents
M4A2(76)HVSS Sherman turret exterior table of contentsM4A2(76)HVSS Sherman hull exterior table of contents
M4A2(76)HVSS Sherman hull interior table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman main table of contents
M4A3(76)HVSS Sherman and M4A2(76)HVSS Sherman Walk Around Main table of contents

Conclusion

These CDís are well worth every penny and will pay for themselves time and time again. The Simple web based design makes it very easy to navigate and if you wish to print a picture off for your own use its just as easy as clicking the print tab. I could find no problems with either of the CDís with either the content or the operation. I can without reservation recommend these two highly valuable reference tools. I will be picking up all of the Sherman CDís for myself.

A Special Thankyou to Chris ďToadmanĒ Hughes for supplying the review samples.

Please note that all the pictures here have been reduced in size and quality for public viewing. the Images on the disc's are much larger (more than twice the size) and higher in quality.
SUMMARY
The quest for accurate and clear pictures of the vehicles we model has just become much easier with the introduction from Toadmanís tank pictures. In this review we will review two separate CD ROMs firstly we will cover the 152mm Gun Launcher/AAVM551 Sheridan and secondly the M4A3(76)HVSS and M4A2(76)HVSS Shermanís
  PRESENTAION:80%
  FUNCTIONALITY:90%
  EASE OF USE:90%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: By CD Name
  Suggested Retail: $5.99-$7.9
  Related Link: Toadmans Tank Pictures
  PUBLISHED: Jun 02, 2005
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.18%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.00%

About Bryan Gray (ex-royal)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I have been modelling on and off for most of my life really. I took a rather long break while I was in the Army and re discovered the hobby when I went back to University. My main area of interest is Canadian Armour of the Second world War. I have a real love of the Sherman tank especially the Fire...

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