Belgian CVR(T) Family Part 1 and Part 2 – Model Foto Focus
Produced in full co-operation with the Gunfire Museum in Brasschaat in Belgium, without whom this would not have been possible, and the Belgian War Heritage Institute.
The Belgian Army were the largest export customer for the British CVR(T) family of light armoured vehicles. These Model Foto Focus takes a thorough look around these little-documented but fascinating machines. For the modeller, these are the ultimate walkaround for an accurate model. For the historian and enthusiast, they provide a detailed insight into the design and operation of these vehicles.
In Part 1 of this study, we look at the turreted versions, Scorpion and Scimitar (including the unique driver trainer exclusively used by Belgium), and also Striker, the first of the ‘long-hulled’ CVR(T)s.
In Part 2 of this study, we look at the other ‘long-hull’ versions – Spartan, Samaritan, Sultan and Samson.
The British and Belgian CVR(T) families had a lot in common, especially in their early days. These books will therefore, also be of great interest to British CVR(T) enthusiasts. Both books combine to make nearly 290 pages and 1000 photographs.
What do you say?
l have to say that these are some of the best walkaround books I have seen in some time. These two books contain hundreds of images of the vehicles (l,OOO in all across Parts 1 and 2), capturing every small detail, and all are taken with a modeller's eye for detail. What l particularly enjoyed, too, was the brief introduction with images of Belgian CVR(T)s in the field. lmages of 1970s and 80s CVR(T)s are surprisingly thin on the ground, so this too is a very welcome feature.
The same superlatives apply to Part 2 as to Part 1. Very highly recommended.
Military Modelcraft International December 2018
These books are fantastic and I snapped them up the minute they were for sale. Fulfils all my expectations as I've been looking for something to accurately convert the AFV Club and Accurate Armour kits to Belgian form but I will also use this for British CVR(T)s. Merely in presence, the books are a very welcome sight as they are packed with a level of detail not seen in most armour books.
Part 1 - I regard these books highly, especially their Model Foto Focus series. Simply said, this is walkaround reference work done right. You get a very thorough corpus of high-quality, generously captioned pictures. I'm honestly not quite sure it would actually be possible to provide *more* walkaround data. A very specialized offering, but one I highly recommend for those looking for quality reference material on the CVR(T) family of vehicles.
Part 2 - This book adopts the exact same approach as in the first part, starting with an interesting in-action chapter, then going from overall shots down to the most minute detail of both the exterior and the interior of each covered variant. All the praises I had for the first part equally applies here: Quality picture, precise, well-informed captions, thorough coverage. Trackpad's book on the Spartan, Samaritan, Sultan and Samson will be an absolute must for the reference of such projects. Fantastic reference work.