by: Brian O'Donoghue [ ]
IntroductionTrackpad Publishing will need no introduction for some modellers they are known for publishing high quality photographic reference titles. Once again this title is no different this release covers the Biber Leopard 1 Bridgelayer.
Tanks and armour require mobility and to counter this opposing armies will dig anti-tank ditches. To overcome these obstacles many armies require support from their military engineers, these military engineers will often utilise a tank based vehicle often know as an Armoured Vehicle Bridge Layer or AVLB (pronounced Av-lab). These vehicles are at times older vehicles but nonetheless essential to many major armies of the world (and a firm favourite of mine as a former Royal Engineer).
ReviewThe author Kenneth Østergaard has once again not disappointed us with his study of the Biber comprising of 80 pages in an A4 softcover this book will not disappoint. Trackpad Publishing are known for the attention to detail and this title really leaves no stone unturned. The book covers the vehicle it's bridge and many many details of this specialised vehicle. Interior photographs are included and these include the crew compartment and photographs of those mysterious panels seen on many vehicles. There are photographs included from other nations which operate and these include, the Dutch, Australian (now retired) and of course the Danish army.
ConclusionOnce again this is a book seriously aimed at the modeller and those with an interest in modern armour. This book certainly delivers value for money the maximum number of photographs on any one page is four and all of them in colour. For the modeller these images will provide to be very useful as they show all the areas that are often missed by the many kit manufacturers. There are a number of resin kits available of this vehicle and of course Revell of Germany produce a 1/72 version. We can all hope that this kit could be released as a styrene kit in a larger scale I am sure that this book would prove even more invaluable.
Thank you to Michael Shackleton of Trackpad Publishing for supplying this review copy.
Biber Leopard 1 Bridgelayer is published by Trackpad Publishing and is available direct or via your stockist. Priced at £16.50