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Review by Peter Brown
As with any subject, getting good references to make more detailed models can be hard work which makes this book very welcome for anyone wanting to built a scale M109. Barry Beldam has taken several original manuals and extracted those parts which he as a modeller finds most useful, added photos and colour scheme details and compiled them into a book for other modellers. The result is over 220 pages packed with information. The spiral-bound format as used in the earlier Centurion book allows it to be laid flat on the modelling table, and the content is as comprehensive as even the most ardent detail fanatic could want, wish or even dream for.
Extracts from manuals are mostly in the form of line drawings, these include perspective views showing the various types mark by mark, then details of the vehicle outside and in. Engines, transmissions, controls, access and crew hatches, guns of various patterns, crew seats, stowage, tracks, wheels, suspension, ammunition and more, it is all here. One neglected but necessary subject is stencils and data plates, these vehicles have both in abundance and they are described here.
Adding to the original material are several black and white photos showing specific details included where relevant, and the is a section of around 70 photos showing the guns in service or in close-up which gives good coverage of markings. A final double-page foldout shows colour schemes for four generations of guns with specific markings for individual guns. So even if you have some or all of the source manuals there is still more to be found in the book
With so much, it seems wrong to remind readers that this book covers those versions in Canadian service. So, while much of the content is also relevant to other countries, you will have to watch out if you want to do one of the "national" rebuilds or the latest M109A6 Paladin which are not included.
Whether your interest is in the Canadian vehicles or other countries, there is a lot of material here and the book is strongly recommended.
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