Book Review
M1117 Guardian
Guardian in Detail
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by: Charles King [ TI ]


It seems every time I see a WWP publication with the author Ralph Zwilling on it, I just say, whats the point of a review when you just know what to expect. The Guardian is another odd looking vehicle that only its maker can love. This book shows you both the M1117 Guardian and the M1200 Armored Knight variants, with the main theme based on the M1117 Guardian design.

These vehicles have become very popular with U.S. Military Police Units and Convoy Security Units in Iraq. It is more heavily protected and heavily armed alternative to the armored Humvee which was not originally designed to be a protective fighting vehicle. Lets see what Ralph has in store for us modelers.


As always, the contents of the book are as follows:

M1117 History pages 002 - 0013
M1117 OIF pages 014 - 017
Technical Data page 018
M1117 in Action pages 019 - 055
M1117 Walk Around pages 020 - 031
M1117 Interior Details pages 032 - 035
M1117 UGWS Details pages 036 - 041
M1117 Interior Details pages 042 - 045
M1200 Walk Around pages 046 - 065
M1200 Hull Interior pages 066 - 071
M1200 Cupola Exterior pages 072 081
M1200 Cupola Interior pages 082 083
M1200 Crew pages 084 087
M1200 Scale Drawings pages 088 091
Author page 092

As with the majority of WWP publications, the opening brings you into a very in-depth introduction which is organized in a comprehensive layout. The info is 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. This is something Ive mentioned before. The focus is on the vehicles at hand and pictures do all the major work by letting the modeler know how each area of the vehicle looks. All pictures are well detailed and clear, which is definitely the reason for buying this book.

My favorite section is the Guardian in mud. As I like my vehicle weathered heavily, this section shows the M1117 as I like to see it. Although there are very few pictures of the under section of this vehicle, it will still satisfy most modelers, but might not be enough for those who like to do extreme detailing of the underside of such vehicles. Then again, there are very few modelers who like to go to that extreme and detail the underside of a vehicle, when it will not be seen. It could also have been that the author did not get the time or opportunity to get all the shots of the underside in the time frame he had. Certainly not an issue.

Regardless, I personally think the vital pictorial info needed is most important to the areas where will be visible to the modeler and viewers. I also like the fact that the Guardian is shown in different camo colors as they pertain to their specific needs in certain areas or field. Good for modelers to accurately portray model as it was meant.

As I have said many times over and over, Ralph knows what the modeler needs to see and he delivers the goods as expected.


The close up pictures makes this book worth every penny. Squinting eyes? No more. Just clear pictures. I think this is a great book for those wanting to represent this popular wheel vehicle as it is in use in Iraq, and I am assuming, in Afghanistan. The pictures are clear, so you, the modeler will have no problem viewing those areas that need special attention. In my book, it is a definite great buy and will interest everyone with interest into the military genre.
Highs: Great camo, in mud, and clear pictures
Lows: Insufficient under body shots. Not a big deal but...see review
Verdict: In my book, it is a definite great buy and will interest everyone with interest into the military genre.
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  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: G026
  PUBLISHED: Aug 01, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Charles King (ti)

Charles King hails from Sweden. He has been interested in modeling since he was 12; though there was other interest that took priority at the time, he would eventually fall into the modeling soon enough. Not until recent,in 2002 that his interest was rekindled. While browsing the Internet, he ca...

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Thanks for the review Charles This is one book I must buy when I get the kit. Olivier
AUG 01, 2011 - 03:11 AM
My pleasure Olivier.
AUG 02, 2011 - 09:15 PM

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