Wellto see what we think read on to our review Well now we know the price - but Is it any good? There are two decal sheets provided - printed by Cartograf of italy, they are a semi flat and thick - but - not -too thick set with strong whites and printed within register. Even the smallest of writing seems legible and the thing that impressed me the most was the reduction of carrier film.
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ISBN Available from Kagero Directly at this link Kagero continue with their excellent miniTopcolors series of books that really do blur the line between decals and reference books with this title — all about Panther tanks from WWII — called simply Pz. A softcover landscape book, printed on their usual glossy stock and shiny hardwearing cover this is the format that I think modellers like. Image heavy and with just enough facts to get by.
Those of you out there who are after a history of the vehicle look somewhere else, as this book is all about modelling your tank and replicating these colours. There are no external references listed for this book, though there is a very succinct introduction in small print that I skipped past at the very start of the book at first.
I must have just assumed it was text about the book. It is a really helpful little passage explaining a bit further the colours of the vehicles in this book and why they are coloured in these colours to a certain extent. Each page has the profile of a panther with a small box of some feature of the artwork or number or symbol on the hull or turret of the vehicle.
Indeed the numbers and signs are varied on all of these vehicles. The dual Polish and English text explains some of the circumstances of each vehicle and things to note like equipment and layout differences. There is as well a small picture of each vehicle on the pages; this is a great addition that could go into every one of these books.
Indeed it would not hurt to have one or two more pictures or even a different profile of the Panthers covered here. As much as they are excellent the text and profiles make you feel like you want to see more of each vehicle. I do understand however sometimes there is only one view of a vehicle from records and sometimes a hazy one at that! The profiles, pictures and words are only half of the story though, as Kagero now get Cartograf from Italy to print the decals they supply with their miniTopcolors books.
This — my friends - is a very good thing indeed! The sheet is logically and neatly printed on the sheet so you can cut in and out of them this is a large sheet with all of the vehicles inside captured, along with any national symbols included in the actual markings.
The decals went on very easily and slid straight off the paper after only ten or so second of sitting in the water. These here went straight down onto Tamiya acrylic spray paint, so their natural habitat you would think.. It is however an inspiring book of sixteen interesting panther profiles, pictures and information with an excellent sheet of decals covering each of the Panthers depicted in the book.
Should be welcomed by all aircraft modellers with a soft spot for the Spitfire. HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron. As with the previous titles in the Topcolours range, I am not sure if what you hold in your hands is a book that provides stunning colour profiles with a potted history of the subject as well as a decal sheet or a decal sheet backed up with excellent research and colour placement guide profiles. IX and its operational use. Following this, you are straight into the profiles which cover 20 different machines. The artwork is by Janusz Swiation and each subject has been beautifully done indeed exhibiting shadowing, weathering and tonal contrasts. Each profile is accompanied by text in both the English and Polish languages that identifies the squadron and pilot when known of each aircraft depicted.
Kagero | Topcolors Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX