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Nuts & Bolts #16
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 09:24 AM UTC
Bill Cross reviews Nuts & Bolts #16: Sd.Kfz.8.



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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 11:13 PM UTC
Excellent and thorough review, Bill.

I have three questions: are the plans 1/35, does the book include a blow by blow modification history a la Panzer Tracts, and is the cover basically the same paper as the pages.

I really dislike the covers on the Nuts & Bolts volumes I have. At the price point these things command, they should be hard bound.

-Doug
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 03:08 AM UTC

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Excellent and thorough review, Bill.


Thanks, I'm having fun growing into the role of "house Nazi half-track geek."

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I have three questions: are the plans 1/35?


Dunno, I don't know how to measure for scale. They LOOK to scale, but I don't have an Eight to measre against.

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Does the book include a blow by blow modification history a la Panzer Tracts?


It includes a photo of the DB 7 (for Daimler-Benz, the Patentfirma that developed the vehicle, just as the early Sd.Kfz.7s were known as KMs for Kraus-Maffei), but the Eight did not go through the various permutations the Seven did.

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And is the cover basically the same paper as the pages?


The cover is slightly heavier, but the stock is very good. I should add that to my review.

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I really dislike the covers on the Nuts & Bolts volumes I have. At the price point these things command, they should be hard bound.


I hear ya, but the prices on specialized WW II books in hard cover are OUTRAGEOUS. Part of that is the high cost of producing them on special presses for a really fractional audience share. I prefer soft bound because a hard cover increases the weight, making the book even more expensive because of shipping, especially from overseas.
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 11:45 AM UTC

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It includes a photo of the DB 7 (for Daimler-Benz, the Patentfirma that developed the vehicle, just as the early Sd.Kfz.7s were known as KMs for Kraus-Maffei), but the Eight did not go through the various permutations the Seven did.



I did not know that. Thank you.


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The cover is slightly heavier, but the stock is very good. I should add that to my review.



That's good to know. I consider the "paper" covers a negative, and it factors into my buying decisions.


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I hear ya, but the prices on specialized WW II books in hard cover are OUTRAGEOUS. Part of that is the high cost of producing them on special presses for a really fractional audience share. I prefer soft bound because a hard cover increases the weight, making the book even more expensive because of shipping, especially from overseas.



Check check. I prefer hard covers because they hold up much better to use and, when calculating cost per page, most come out less expensive than equivalent soft cover volumes. But it's a subjective choice. I am thankful that books like this are available in the first place.

Keep up the good work!

-Doug