April 30, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Modeling World War I - Reference & Researching Part 1

Reference and research is an essential component of modeling World War I. On the occasion of the centenary of the war that commenced in 2014 and lasting thru 2018 there has been a wealth of products being released to commerate this cataclysmic event no more so then the new armor model kits being released in 1/72nd all the way up to 1/16th scale. Along with these new kits comes a host of how to & reference books for building and painting the Great War. We have highlighted some of the best on modeling these new kits and figures from many of the publishers, history and modeling magazines currently available. This article will be updated on a regular basis. 

AK Interactive
WWI The First Mechanized War
ref. AKI-273

by Carlos Fresno Crespo
· Softcover 276 x 220mm (10.6 x 10.6 inches)

· 168 pages
This book provides a comprehensive and complete view of the crude beginnings and fast evolution of armored warfare during the Great War. It includes historical texts illustrated with period photographs, and detailed color profiles of WWI tanks. Also included is a brief reference to the evolution of military aviation during the Great War, with color profiles of the most important fighter planes used by all combatants. As a bonus, the book offers a worldwide exclusive; an amazing image collection of large format black & white photographs that were recently discovered in North Africa and that have never been published before. 
Contents Page

The content is structured into several chapters and after an introduction that contains both history and philosophy of mechanized warfare the parts on specialized subjects begin.

The first section contains information about German tanks and it is mostly dedicated to A7V, the only German manufactured tank. Notes on design and performance of the tank are given, together with operational history. 2 pages contain color profiles of tank named Wotan, plus there are also two profiles of “Beute” tanks – Whippet and Mark IV together with Austin armored car. Original photographs for that chapter contain A7V, Beute Mark IV, Beute Whippet and Daimler truck with anti-aircraft gun on the truck bed.

The next chapter is dedicated to British tanks and all the “rhomboid” variants - Mark I-IX. Some of these have more text then others, depending on what is known or on the importance of the modification. Here you can also find information regarding armored cars and medium tanks – Whippet and others. Color profiles contain “Little Willie”, Whippets, Medium tank Mark C, Mk.I, Mk.IV Female and Male, Rolls-Royce, Austin and Lanchester armored cars.

French tanks come right after British and here there is information dedicated to Schneider, St.Chamond and Renault FT-17. This section has the largest amount of profiles and reference photographs (among the three chapters dedicated to tanks and armored cars). Subjects depicted as profiles include the above mentioned French tanks, including different variants of FT-17’s and vehicles on that base. 

After that there is a small 2-page section dedicated to motorcycles and 2 page section dedicated to trucks. The motorcycle section has text and color profiles while truck section has reference images of trucks in France with short text on how the motorization of transportation influenced warfare. 

The Belgian, Italian, Russian Imperial and American army are covered in a combined chapter – “Other armies”.  The color profiles show a Whippet from the Russian Imperial Army and then a Whippet from the Bolsheviks Red Army, armored cars from Italy, Austo-Hungarian Empire and 2 US tanks. Reference photographs include Russian and American subjects.

Finally there is a section dedicated to aircraft and here there is a short general description followed by 8 pages with color profiles for different armies (Russian Imperial, French, German, Italian, British, Austro-Hungarian, American). Each profile has detailed legend regarding aircraft type and unit (where possible).

The above mentioned chapters were focused on the vehicles themselves and after them there are 2 pages dedicated to the paints used during WWI. The color patches in this section have AK-interactive product codes where available. Uniform colors have only 1 page and here the German, French and British armies are mentioned together with color patches and AK-interactive product codes.

Finally, there is a concluding chapter dedicated to the personal story how a private collection of photographs from a French officer was discovered. These photographs are printed on 50 pages of the book and these are very interesting to investigate in detail. 

This book was written by Carlos Fresno who also did all illustrations. The text appears to be in Spanish originally and was translated into English. Therefore some of the phrases sound a bit off, but overall text quality is rather good with interesting thoughts and observations.

The quality of paper is very good and it has nice glossy finish. In total there are 168 pages plus a thicker backer. The quality of graphic work and photographs is of a high level with many of the images reproduced in full page size. A few of these were taken from NARA, IWM or other known sources, while most of them are from either author’s collection or Casa de la Imagen Collection. These are previously unpublished.
View to Order HERE

The Weathering Magazine Special
World War I
ref. AMIG-6011
(1st printing 2014, 2nd printing 2016)
· Magazine format
from the publisher ...Throughout 76 pages and over 200 pictures you´ll find detailed step-by-step articles showing different camouflage schemes, AFV painting techniques and a host of realistic weathering effects to take any model back to the battlefields of the Great War.

This volume is complemented by the 24-page paperback 'The Great War', a comprehensive guide with over 30 color profiles of this era camouflage schemes. Free and only available purchasing the TWM special.

This is a special edition of The Weathering Magazine. It is laid out in the same format as the regular A4 high gloss publication with 74 pages. This issue exclusively covers WWI topics, with three builds and a photographic article covering the history of the first armored vehicles from WWI and the development, plus the different countries and the vehicles they used. 

Looking at the builds, one can honestly say they are stunning. The first build is of a Renault FT-17 Light Tank built by Volker Bembennek, which is a work of art. This article is broken up into four sections, building, painting interior, weathering and vignette. It is 22 pages long with many pictures and written text.

The second is a French St Chamond Takom kit by John Tolcher over 14 pages and finally a Mark IV Female “Mariechen” built by Mig Jimenez using the Takom kit over 22 pages. This is quite a comprehensive step-by-step build and well done.

The articles are lengthy and go into detail of how they were built, which is very handy for anyone wanting to build these subjects or is a fan of WWI topics.

Also included with this edition is a small 23 page booklet with a color chart and 30 brilliant color profiles of this era camouflage schemes used in the Great War, a very handy reference guide.

I can say that this is a great edition of the Weathering Mag and a very informative and helpful guide to all interested in this subject. Well worth adding to the collection.
Arley Mitchell

View to Order HERE

Andrea Press
Tank Fight 1916
ref. AP-052
Master painter Julio Cabos shows how to paint a full diorama comprising a British Mark I tank, figures and diorama base with acrylic paints, airbrush and brush through clear step-by-step sequences.
· Detailed color charts included.
· How to paint figures with airbrush.
· Airbrush cleaning.
· Soft Cover 
· 40 pages
· Over 200 photos
View to Order HERE

Panzer Aces no.49
Special Issue World War I
ref. AMD-PANZ49
· Magazine format
Issue 49 is a special issue featuring World War I AFVs
The size is A4 in portrait format and it features sixty-four pages. Most of the book is in the “S-B-S” (Step by Step) method with a little intro and background text in each story. This compliments the articles and doesn’t interrupt the build. This issue feels like an episode of a much larger book than a magazine. All these builds are beautifully done, and of particular interest was something included in the A7V chapter, were the templates included in 1:32 scale to build the variant in the article. As always this magazine has not been a let down, filled with great subjects and very nice photographs. A worthy edition to have and highly recommented.
Arley Mitchell
View to Order HERE

- A 7V STURMPANZERWAGEN.  Before the Meng kit hit the shelves, you could only reproduce this AFV with the TAURO Models release –outdated in every way- so Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo
rebuilt it almost from scratch using the treads and a few other pieces taken from the original kit. The vehicle has been painted with the Losenge pattern so typical of this period. This 22 page feature covers everything from scratch building to painting to painting a figure to groundwork!

- SAINT CHAMOND. These AFV’s were nothing but self propelled guns and most of these vehicles have a suspicious “farm tractor” aftertaste -revealing the vehicle’s compromised origins- sporting machine guns and armoring. Luckily the French camouflage patterns are anything but boring as Laurent Stankoviak beautifully demonstrates with his work here. 12 pages.
- SAINT CHAMOND “WALK AROUND” In the AFV museum in Saumur, France we can find a few WWI “survivors” such as this Chamond which Laurent has photographed in order to improve his kit. The main pictures employed for the development of his work are showcased here. 6 pages.
- MK. IV MALE. The paintwork of British tanks contrary to the French ones is pretty sober and quite insipid from a modeler’s point of view; at least its large treads give us some room to create some interesting dirt as José Luis López demonstrates. José also shows his black and white style on this 1/35th scaleTamiya kit. 14 pages.
- CA 1 SCHNEIDER. The tractor which is the base for this self propelled gun is a relatively small vehicle and carried a smaller gun than the Chamond, which gave it a rather curious and better balanced look. Michel Pérez has chosen a simple and effective, reproduce camouflage pattern which is rather apt for an humid appearance for a scene set in Maizy during 1917 in the Aisne river area. Gaso.Line, 1/48 scale kit. 9 pages

from the editor...
With so much information and such a remarkable array of articles we ran out of pages
for the Renault FT-17 and another version of the Chamond which will be featured in our
sister magazine, Euromodelismo no. 258. In this magazine you may also find featured other WWI planes and figures hoping that our readers will not get too saturated with models from this period. However we’re not waiting for the anniversary that will take place in 3014 because none of us will be around; possibly nobody will remember us and who knows; maybe WWI may be forgotten as well.

Amber Publishing
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I 

by Chris Bishop (Editor)
· Hardcover 276 x 220mm (10 .6 x 8.6 inches)
· 272 pages
· Over 600 color artworks and photographs
View to Order HERE

From the first tanks to the repeating rifle, from the biplane to the strategic bomber, and from early submarines to mighty dreadnoughts, the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I examines key weapons from the Great War. It includes more than 300 pieces of equipment from handguns to zeppelins. Each weapon system is illustrated with a detailed profile artwork and a photograph showing the weapons system in service. Accompanying the illustrative material is detailed text that lists each weapon’s service history, the numbers built, and its variants, as well as full specifications.

Which tanks were first used at Cambrai? What was created in response to the request for a ‘bloody paralyser’? What was the range of the Paris gun? The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I answers these questions and many more.

Packed with artworks, photographs and information on each featured weapon, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I is a fantastic book.

DK Publishing
World War I: The Definitive Visual History
· Hardcover / 10.2 x 12.1 inches
· 360 pages
· Over 600 color artworks and photographs

Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK’s award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a new light. Key episodes are set clearly in the wider context of the conflict, in-depth profiles look at the key generals and political leaders, and full-color photo galleries showcase the weapons, inventions, and new technologies that altered the course of history.

A vivid portrait of the confrontation on land, sea, and sky, World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide offers readers a bold and thoughtful new look at this complex and explosive moment in history.

Author R.G. Grant, along with consultant Richard Overy and the Smithsonian Institution, have created a smorgasbord of WWI history in this text. Each page is lavished with maps, charts, photographs, and illustrations to compliment the fascinating and well-written history, thus lifting what for some may be well-trod facts to an engrossing level.

Seven chapters take readers from the origins of WWI–starting in 1870 and the unification of the German Empire–to the aftermath of the war, 1919 to 1923, when nations began to shake off the lingering shadows of WWI and a pacifist movement took hold. Our one hundred year old hindsight lends this last chapter a particular poignancy, for we know that twenty years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the world was engulfed in yet another–and far deadlier–war.

But to bring the focus back to this book and its topic, the combination of personal biographies, timelines, battle descriptions, diplomacy, social history, first hand accounts, and 100s of original artifacts bring WWI brilliantly to life. Each chapter details the war, step by step, army by army, battle by battle, and person by person, leaving no stone of fact or legend unturned. It also manages to give a balanced glimpse of all battlefronts and nations involved, ranging from the ANZACs to the mostly forgotten battles that raged in Africa. I did wish for a little more “break out” sections about women’s roles and the presence of colonial troops (this truly was a global war, with Indians, Native American/First Nations, Indigenous Australians, Africans, etc participating on the Western Front!), but Grant ably drew everyone into this already jam-packed book.

The sturdiness of the pages and the binding is worth the price alone! I’ve had this for about two months and it’s been passed through hands less reverent of the written word than mine, yet it’s still in top condition. Those new to the war, as well as WWI buffs and historians will find much to appreciate in this book, and it is a commendable addition to the spate of books that have been published in the centennial year of the First World War. Bravo to its author, its publisher, and its contributors.
Arlen Mitchell
Click images to enlarge

Histoire & Collections 
Militaria Guide 5
World War One Soldiers-1914-1918
(2013 Reprint w/ new cover originally released 1999)
· Softcover / 11.6 x 8.2  inches
· 84 pages
Never before have actual battle uniforms, individual equipment and weapons of the infantrymen of the great war been illustrated in such authentic detail. Original surviving items, painstakingly assembled from rare private and public collections, are illustrated in full color on live models, just as they were worn in the battlefield. Each of these 31 soldiers: British, Belgian, French, German, Russian, Austrian, Italian and American, is photographed from both front and back, with key diagrams, and accompanied by a detailed commentary.
View to Order HERE

Tankograd Publishing
Sturmpanzer A7V
First of the Panzers
ref. 1001 (2010)
· Softcover / 11.6 x 8.2 inches
· 104 pages, 34 photographs and 12 graphics plus 2 five-side 1/35 scale drawings based on recent new.
Out-of-print but worth hunting down

Only twenty A7V tanks were ever built and saw action in the Great War. Despite this fact and that its impact on the course of the war was barely noticed, the technical aspects of the design and that it was the landmark of German ‘Panzer' development in the 20th Century made the A7V an icon. The story and technical details of the A7V's development and combat are subject to intensive research for the past thirty years. While several competent extensive books covering the development of the German tank force in World War One have been written, the A7V never was the centre of a detailed, comprehensive and up-to-date monograph. This publication, written by the leading experts in the field, and supported with no less than 36 hitherto unpublished high-quality photographs, aims at telling the story of the A7V based on today's improved knowledge. It also highlights the tank from a different perspective, including individual data sheets with records for each A7V ever built, the war-time use in the three Abteilungen and in Freikorps service. Further chapters include among others the Überlandwagen tracked lorry, crew uniforms, preserved A7Vs and replicas. In addition, the photographs are shown, wherever possible, enhanced in quality and in large size to allow a closer look on technical details. This will allow the enthusiast to access the subject easier, but also grants the expert access to unseen material that only surfaced in the new millennium.
Tankograd Publishing
British Tanks in German Service Vol. 1 & 2
ref. #1003 & 1004 (2011)
· Softcover / 11.6 x 8.2 inches
· 192 pages, 316 black&white photographs and 30 color photographs.

The birth of the German Panzerwaffe in World War One is for many enthusiasts mostly linked to Germany's own development, the A7V. However, it is hard fact that most of the tanks serving on the German side in the Great War were of British origin. Captured British Mk.IV Beute-Tanks shaped the core of German ambitions towards an own armoured corps. This two-volume publication grants for the first time a truly comprehensive look into the capture and deployment of these vehicles by offering chapters on:

Vol. 1
- A New Weapon of War - Brief History
- To the Green Fields Beyond - Cambrai 1917
- Lumber and Canvas - German Dummy Tanks
- Battlefield Booty - German Tank Recovery
- Towards Captured Tank Detachments
- Bayerischer Armee-Kraftwagen-Park 20
- Beute - The Mk. IV Tank in German Service
- Forming Beute-Abteilungen 11 to 16
- Numbers, Names, Camouflage and Markings
- The French Connection
- The Mark IV in Detail and Colour

Vol. 2
- Beute-Tank Combat Engagements
- The German Plan 1919
- German Anti-Tank Activities in 1918
- Relics - The Fort de la Pompelle 
Tank Caper
- Captured Whippets
- Captured Tanks in Freikorps 
Service 1919-20
- Scrapping the German Tank Corps

View to Order HERE


No comments:

Post a Comment