Book Review - WWP No. 20 - PT-76 Family in Detail

Book Review: Wings and Wheels Publication Present Vehicle Line No. 20;
PT-76 Family in Detail by Frantisek Koran, David Perry, and Jan-Willem
de Boer; RAK, Prague, August 2008; 144 pp.; price US$50 (ISBN
Advantages: great compliment to the two lines of kits available;
detailed coverage of some of the rarer variants
Disadvantages: skimpy coverage of the early production PT-76 tanks
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all PT-76 and Czech variant fans
When it comes to Soviet or Eastern European armored vehicles, WWP has
become one of the leaders and this book is no exception. With the
advent over the last several years of a base model PT-76 kit from
Eastern Express and PT-76, PT-76 Model 1951 and PT-76B/PT-76B Polish
kits from Trumpeter, it is nice to have a good photo reference manual
for these vehicles.
The book follows the same format as most of the other WWP =93Photo
Manual for Modelers=94 books. Conveniently color-coded, the first 57
pages cover the PT-76 and PT-76B in close detail using full-color
photos of existing vehicles. The next eleven pages cover the BTR-50PK
command vehicle, followed by one pages on PT-76 wheels and tracks and
six more pages on BTR-50 details. Next comes 12 pages on the TOPAS
variant of the BTR-50 and its details.
The next series of photos presents 12 pages on the 3R8 missile and
launcher, better known during the 1960s as the =93FROG-3".
The next 32 pages cover captured PT-76 and BTR-50 vehicles in the
Latrun Museum of the IDF, where the captured PT-76 tanks were best
known for their =93Trojan Horse=94 use when capturing the Egyptian
crossing points on the Suez Canal in 1973.
The last section of the book is a South Lebanon Army (SLA) BTR-50
ambulance conversion also at Latrun. It has been modified by a special
hatch in the bow for handling litter patients.
Two pages of color paintings and three pages of ads for other books
complete the book.
Overall these are great for modelers who want to add interior details
or get accurate exterior detailing on their models.
Cookie Sewell
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