bookGround Power Special
French Military Vehicles of WWII
Published by GALILEO Publishing Co.,Ltd.
2-2-13 Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Following on from the recent H39 kits from Bronco Models and Trumpeter and the pending release of the Char B1 bis from Tamiya we will have a look here at a Ground Power Special on French Military Vehicles of WWII.

The book is large format soft cover 210mm (8 1/4in) x 300mm (11 3/4in) with 144 pages entirely in black and white with many wartime photos and 1:35 plans and illustrations of selected vehicles.

The text is entirely in Japanese except for the chapter vehicle names but apart from a few opening pages is mainly for the photo captions but as they say the pictures speak mostly for themselves. Many of the photos are semi-close up allowing the vehicle details to be seen as well as the camouflage schemes and storage to provide many useful details for the modeller as well as many diorama possibilities.

Each vehicle is covered separately with the photos, text and the plans if included with a section at the end featuring many of the French vehicles pressed into German service after the fall of France again with B&W photos and Japanese text captions.

The vehicles featured are:

Sample pages:

This is a very useful collection of photos supplemented by the 1:35 plans and if you only have one book on early war French vehicles this could be it.

The sections on the S35 and Char B1bis are the most extensive and just the thing for the forthcoming Tamiya Char B1bis kit.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Dmitriy from Model Point US for the review book, the full range of Ground Power magazines and specials are available from Model Point US.

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