Book Review
Saurer RK-7
Saurer RK-7 (Sd.Kfz. 254)
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by: James Bella [ C5FLIES ]


The subject of Nuts & Bolts Volume 5 is the Saurer RK-7 (Sd.Kfz. 254), an oddball vehicle incorporating a wheel-cum-track system. This volume was originally published in 1996 and contained 42 pages. This revised version adds 60 pages for a total of 102, features 242 pictures, a table of known license plates and allocation of the Sd.Kfz. 254, new scale drawings, an updated color walkaround of the sole survivor, and a master model by Tony Greenland. Both the original and updated version of volume 5 are authored by John L. Rue and Heiner F. Duske. The complete text is covered in both English and German.


In the typical fashion of N&B updated versions, this volume adds the addendum smack dab in the middle of the book. This may seem odd at first, although it makes sense from a publishing point of view. As a reader it also keeps the old and new information separate, so in the long run, to me anyway, it flows more smoothly.

The book begins with a short history of the development of the RK-7, technical data and color/markings. Period photos follow, typically 2 to 3 per page, and have informative captions for each. The original volume consisted of 5 pages of period photos and adds 27 more in the addendum. Technical drawings by John L. Rue are in 1:35 scale, along with un-scaled 3/4 view illustrations. This section went from a single page in the original release to a total of 12 pages in the new volume and includes a few versions of the RK-7. The walkaround photos are B&W in the original volume, and color for the addendum...all are excellent. Unfortunately, due to monetary reasons, the restoration of this vehicle has not progressed much over the past 16 years. Newer volumes of N&B feature a modeling section, so in this addendum Tony Greenland shows what it's like to model a master that he created for Armour Accessories nearly sixteen years ago.


In my humble opinion, Nuts & Bolts publish one of the (if not THE) finest modeling reference books available. I have not been disappointed in any of the volumes I have, and this one is no exception. The photos and captions are excellent, both period and present day, the scale drawings are superb, and the history/tables are informative in a modeling perspective.

One thing missing in this volume are the color plates, which I always enjoy. I also would have liked to see the HobbyBoss kit (#82491) built for this issue.

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Highs: Excellent photos, text and scale drawings of this unusual vehicle. Interesting to see how much more information has been obtained in the past 16 years.
Lows: The addendum placed midsection may seem awkward at first.
Verdict: This volume continues in Nuts & Bolts high quality. Treat yourself to this volume and the HobbyBoss kit to model the unusual vehicle that was beaten out by the half track. Highly recommend.
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: Vol. 5
  Suggested Retail: 24
  Related Link: N&B Item Page
  PUBLISHED: Jan 07, 2013

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About James Bella (c5flies)

My main interest is 1/35 scale WWII armor, Axis and Allied, and will occasionally branch out into other areas. The builds I have done so far have been pretty much OOB, and considering what most newer kits include, that is usually more than enough for me. Even though my projects do not always end up ...

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Nice one James, these are great books. Intrigued by Tony Greenland's build, I think it's the one that appears in his Osprey Modeling Masterclass book. I can just about make out in the photo, it says "a life time of dry brushing is hard to give up.. ." ! Seems a shame there's no money to restore this unique example.
JAN 07, 2013 - 11:32 AM
Good review James. Dont have this particular book, but have quite a few of the others and they are indeed a great resource. Id buy this if I got my hands on the new HB model.
JAN 08, 2013 - 11:12 AM
Good review of a real odd ball!
JAN 08, 2013 - 11:23 AM

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