Modelling the T-55 Main Battle Tank (Modelling Guides) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/12/10
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The T-55 tank first appeared in 1958, a result of numerous improvements made to the (1949) T-54 series, and with a lineage stretching back to the wartime T-34 and the T-44. The T-55 series has seen service around the world with many armed forces, including the Warsaw Pact countries, Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Poland, Somalia, Sudan, and Vietnam, and has seen action in key modern conflicts, most recently in the two Gulf Wars. This title showcases the talents of several leading modellers, and presents Serbian, Iraqi, Czech, Syrian, and Russian variants across 1/35 and 1/72 scales. It also features several challenging projects that involve extensive scratchbuilding.
"To produce a book on modelling one of the most complex AFV subjects would be a daunting process for any author. The authors of this book have produced, in my opinion, one of the most complete books in Osprey's highly useful modelling series." -Jim Rae, Armorama (February 2006)
"On my first reading of the manual, I couldn’t put it down until I read and studied it from front to back (and then again!), so I’m going to give this manual a definite thumbs up, highly recommended from this modelers point of view." -Mark Smith, Armorama (December 2005)
There are actually three contributers to this book and each one showcases their talent in unique builds based on the T-55. Shown in the publication is a burned out Iraqi vehicle that combines both the Tamiya and Trumpeter kit, the Tamiya kit upgraded with AM kits to represent a Kladivo version, a heavily modified 1/72 scale T-55 and a hybrid tank combining the T-55 chassis with an M-36 turret as seen in the Balkans Conflict.
The hybrid build is alone worth the price of the book. Cortese adds through scratchbuilding a complete interior to the vehicle and it has to be seen to be believed. I still find it to be one of the most extraordinary examples of modeling I have ever seen.
While many find fault in the Osprey series for not having "beginner" builds, I still find that each title, including this one, has a wealth of information that can help both beginner and advanced modeller alike.