It's not often that you can pick up a book and think it's all you're going to need regarding reference material, however, this just might be one of those books! Tankograd seem to have a positive outlook on the books they produce. Crammed between the pages in this paper back format title, there appears to be an enormous amount of information stored within, so much so it's impossible to take it all in at first glance. For me as a modeller, information is king so I would guess that for anybody into scratch building it would be even more important.
Inside the book
This is the first time I have really seen and read one of their Technical specials and I admit I am impressed! Squeezed between the 48 pages, there are colour and black & white photographs of all the major parts of the vehicle as well as "In field" pictures of it in use. The book starts with 4 pages explaining the history and Unit build up in their dual-language format (English and German). It then moves on to show some impressive black & white pictures of the "Atomic Annie" on the move, finishing with some line-diagrams explaining the operation of putting the cannon into action.
The book then moves on to explaining the major parts that go together to produce this odd looking weapon, starting with the front towing tractor. A brief introduction explaining about the powered tractor is then followed by various pictures and diagrams of all of it's internal and external parts.
We then move on to the rear section again following the same format as the front drive section with a description followed by more pictures and diagrams. This must have been a nightmare to transport, as the front and rear are controlled as separate entities connected by the final part the 280mm cannon and carriage. Again this section starts with a description explaining the difference between the versions (yes, unbelievably they made a couple of different versions) followed by more pictures and diagrams, I must point out that a lot of the pictures also have information on them explaining the different components shown. This is quite an unbelievable piece of artillery and even more so once you have seen the picture as you then get a real feel for the size of it.
This book as I have said is ideal for the scratch builder looking to produce something a little different for their next project. There is a wealth of knowledge held with in its pages. The only thing that appears to be missing are some scale drawings. If the rest of the series are as impressive as this one, then I would have no hesitation in recommending these books. With the Internet now providing almost instant answers to modellers regarding most questions, it's nice to see someone looking outside the box and providing a book with nearly all the answers.
I have no idea what - if any - model kits are available of this but maybe in the future one may come available as the manufacturers start looking to produce a little something different from the norm.
Tankograd here come up with another interesting title in their Technical manual range of books on the US Armies 'M65 Atomic Annie', which was designed and used during the postwar arms race after WWII and designed to be capable of firing an atomic war head from a mobile artillery platform.
Our Thanks to Tankograd Publishing! This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.
About Keith Forsyth (docdios) FROM: ENGLAND - WEST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM
Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...