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ARMOR PHOTOGALLERY #4 Sd Kfz 234

Post  Richie on Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:25 am



One could probably think after Jennys deservingly glowing praise that this book would be equally as good . Unfortunately this is not the case , not so much that it is the publishers fault but more in the quality of the existing vehicles available . Unfortunately out of the four models of 234 made , there are only two types now in existance .

The 234/1 with 20mm turret & the 234/2 Puma are alas no more , I am not sure what happened to the last /1 which was last seen at the School of Tank Technology , but the last /2 Puma the famous 1111 was disected to thoroughly study the mechanics of the dual steerage , this I have found in another publication .

The last known 234/3 is at Bovington Tank Museum , painted shock horror in Panzer grey ! You would honestly think museum curators would get it right ! The condition is poor , no fittings are left on the guards at all . The interior is stripped of a lot of its fittings .

The SdKfz 234/4 shown is again from the Bovington museum , again nothing much is left on the fenders , slightly better condition than the /3 , again interior is mostly stripped ,the gun has some nice pictures devoted to it . The Tatra engine has been removed with a walkaround of it which has some use . The only other SdKfz 234/4 in existance is the Patton Museum at Fort Knox example & is in a worse condition in storage & is not even shown in this book .

Scale drawings are included of both a 234/3 & /4 in both 1/35 & 1/72 .

The WWII pictures are only typical captured equipment profiles .

The one bonus is that the Pak 40 walkaround also in the Marder book of Jennys is included . This is of a \"mint\" conditioned gun & is very good .

This issue is in dual Polish / English language examples .

This book is very dissapointing in comparison to the later Marder II book of Jennys , I have two other 234 books which are lots better value for money , I will review these over the next couple of days for comparison . Most of the poor quality of this book is down to the poor quality of the museum examples , there are only so many pictures you can take of the suspension ! I would really liked to have seen some more WWII pictures of the four variants .

Save your money on some better reference books :wink:
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I really like this publication

Post  Panzer on Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:04 am

I picked this book up in Nashville a few weeks back and totally fell in love with the 234 series, the book is one of only references out there on the Puma series.
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Post  Jenny Ryan on Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:47 am

Hey Chris ,

You should get this book



It is heaps better & comes with free decals . Very Happy

We also have this one which is cool too



it also has details on the earlier variants .

We should still have a more than four wheel build .

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Yes I must

Post  Panzer on Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:31 pm

I habe been trying to find it here in the states, no luck yet.
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Hey Chris

Post  Jenny Ryan on Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:20 am

I just checked , my favourite bookstore , Hylands Bookstore in Melbourne has the photosniper book in stock but not the other at present .
http://www.hylandsbookshop.com.au/
They have great service , the price is $36 Australian which is about $2.50 US I reckon Razz Razz Razz Laughing Laughing Laughing lol!

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