by: Charles King [ ]
IntroductionBoy! I was ecstatic when I got this book in the mail the other day. I would like to give a big thank you to Miloslav Hraban of Real Models, for sending me this book. The front cover gave way to one of the variants I had modeled…the ATGM. If I had this book back when I scratch built my ATGM it would have made building a little easier. But seeing the pictures now, it proves to me the accuracy that I had achieved with the ATGM that I had built. Color pictures galore in all its primal glory.
After having bought the first part of this title I knew at once I was in for a real treat. As a reminder, the first book, 'Stryker in detail…Part One', referred to the following models:
•M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
•M1126 ICV with MK19 Grenade Launcher
•M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle
•M1130 Stryker Command Vehicle
•M1130 Stryker Command Vehicle Tactical Air Control Party
•M1132 Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle
•M1132 Stryker ESV Light Weight Mine Roller
•M1132 Stryker ESV with Mine Plow
Truly a great collection of Stryker variants. Now, equally satisfying, is the second edition to complete the rest of the Stryker family...Part Two. Let us check it out.
ContentThese great collections of subject matters will satisfy even the most particular of modelers. Now…it’s time for the next group of Stryker entourage to be introduce. The book contents are split up into 12 sections. They are as follows:
•M1129 Stryker Mortar Carrier Version A - B pages 13 - 45
•M1131 Stryker Fire Support Vehicle pages 46 -79
•M1133 Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle pages 80 -105
•M1134 Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle pages 106 -135
•M1135 Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle pages 136 - 153
•M1134 Stryker ATGM Prepared for SLAT pages 154 -159
•Exterior Details pages 160 -170
•Driver’s Compartment 172 -173
•M151E2 Remote Weapon Station Upgrades pages 174 -179
•Engine Details pages 180 -185
•Stryker Soldiers pages 186 -188
•Stryker OIF Wrecks Pages 189 -191
Opening the book you will be introduced to a 5 page introduction to how each vehicle are applied to a brigade, company or platoon according to how they are organized. The info is kept short but concise…enough for the reader to get an idea of how the system works. Info is good for modelers but too much can turn into a military ranting which most tend to ignore. As you can see, there are quite many sections due to the many variations or combination that these variants provide. Each section provides a relative amount of information relevant to the vehicle in focus. All pictures are well detailed and clear, which is definitely one of the reasons for buying this book. All angles are taken into consideration which is a huge plus for modelers and enthusiast alike.
One aspect of this book that were present in part one is the inclusion of Strykers' with the slat armor. There are many pictures provided from all angles. This is definitely something that would be advantageous to modelers. Not only is slat armor detailed but most all areas of the hull, as well as interior shots of the various variants included in this book. Another photo topic I’m glad they included is the engine and its compartments. I am working on the engine for my ESV and the pictures provided are just darn right perfect. The ability of the photographer to take as many photos from different angles of the many various Strykers' is a testament that he knows exactly what the modeler wants to see. This I appreciate immensely. There are also descriptive explanations as well as vehicle data contents of certain variants that will be of some use to some modelers.
ConclusionWith the release of Trumpeter and AFV Club Stryker kits, this is almost a must for all who buy the Stryker kits. This book is a fantastic addiction to those who want accurate detail for present Stryker vehicles. The close up pictures makes this book golden. No more squinting eyes, just beautiful clear photos of your favorite vehicle. If you’ve purchased Part One then it is no contest. You definitely have to get this book.
I give this book a clear 10 for all Stryker fans. Yes, it is a MUST have publication even if you’re not a modeler but an enthusiast of the military vehicle arsenal. It will do justice among your collection of many military books. WWP has provided something many will cherish for a long time to come. I’m a modern armor fan and this will definitely give many their money’s worth. GO BUY IT!