Tankograd continues its run of Bundeswehr vehicles with this latest book on the development of the Iltis utility truck. The Iltis had a payload of 0.5 tons, and was introduced in the 1970s to replace the aging Auto-Union Munga in the many Jeep/light truck roles the Munga filled. In addition to the history and development, this book looks at the main variants.
Following the usual A4 format, this glossy 64-page book has text in both German and English. After a few pages covering the Europa-Jeep project and the need for a new design, we get a book full of mostly colour photos set out two to a page, with bilingual captions. There is more text covering technical specifications, as well as 1:35 scale drawings of the standard Iltis and the Medical (ambulance) version – there is even a set of 1:35 camouflage plans.
Photo sections cover:
Basic Bundeswehr variant
Radio Mission kit
Milan Anti-Tank Team Mission kit
Field Cable-Laying Team Mission kit
RASURA Battlefield Surveillance Radar
Artillery Aiming Circle Team Mission kit
SAN Medical Mission kit
Turbo-Diesel Light Truck
As with most Tankograd titles, the images point out all the salient details of each variant, making this a great reference for anyone wanting to model the vehicle. Elite offers a resin kit. However, there are no 1:35 plastic kits that I know of. Maybe one of the plastic manufacturers will see the plans and make our day…
Highs: Great photos, useful history, fine tech data.Lows: None really (unless lack of plastic kits counts?)Verdict: A must-have for Bundeswehr and SUV fans.
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