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Book Review
Steyr 1500A
WW2 German 1.5 tonne trucks Steyr 1500A
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

R077-Steyr 1500A Wings and Wheels Productions (WWP) will be familiar to many of our visitors already, they have an excellent range of photographic walkabouts of various vehicles that are both useful to modellers, vehicle enthusiasts and restorers alike. The book is specifically aimed as a photographic reference for modellers this book looks at one of the recent releases on the Steyr 1500A

The book

The book measures just over 9 inches by 9 inches and is finished with a high gloss cover. Consisting of 96 pages of good quality colour photographs and short captions, mainly features vehicles from a collection owned by Mr Glenn Swallow. The opening text on page 4 give an overview of production by the various manufactures and also features a mid-production 1500A belonging to Mr Jakub Vojacke while on page 5 features a late production 1500A belonging to Mr Glenn Swallow.

The main walk round begins on page 7 and features a mid-production 1500A owned by Mr Swallow. A good selection of detailed photographs cover the exterior of the vehicle, canvas roof detail are covered from pages 28 to 39, engine details from page - 40 48, wheel and chassis detail continue pages 48 - 57. The interior details are covered on pages 58 to 78 and rear seat detail are covered on pages 80 - 81 there are a selection of pictures that show the beginning of a vehicle restoration owned by Vladimir Lehar on page 59.

Beginning at page 82 and continuing through to page 89 covers an interesting version, the wooden bodied Pritschenwagen from 1945 pages 90 to 96 cover the interior front seating and the rear layout of this variant. Also featured for interest on page 9 is the Holzkabine Cargo vehicle from 1944 for comparison with the mid production variant.

Conclusion

The book is of excellent quality and gives a general overview of the manufactures involved in the production of the 1500A and quality photographs of the detail of the vehicle with some additional interesting variants. With 1, 2 3 or 4 photographs per page this should prove a useful reference for modellers of this particular vehicle. Whilst restored vehicles provide an excellent source of detail you should always check period photographs if you wish to build a specific vehicle.

I am not that familiar with German vehicles but this title appears to offer an excellent resource on the mid-production 1500A and the opportunity to scratch build an example of the 1945 Pritschenwagen. WWP have produced another terrific resource for modellers and those interested in period vehicles in general.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great quality photographs and close up detail
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: R077
  PUBLISHED: Nov 28, 2014
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.10%

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

Copyright 2018 text by Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]. All rights reserved.



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