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Nuts & Bolts: Sd.Kfz. 9 Famo
varanusk
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 09:12 PM UTC


A review of volume 43 of Nuts & Bolts series, with lots of information and photos on the Sd.Kfz. 9 Famo

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Taeuss
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Manitoba, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 09:18 AM UTC
This book was already announced/reviewed (?) some months ago and while I think that the books in the series are truly invaluable and without peer I find their price as available in Canada in the soft cover format offered very steep. As in hard to justify. If they were spiral-bound or hardcover I could begin to see it but as it is I think that I'll be forced -once again- to haunt used book sellers for my copy as the price is simply too dear.
SCAMELL
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 01:12 PM UTC
Well said,'mate' my thoughts exactly.
If these were originals published in the 1940's then ok the price would be justified.
I have a few issues that i have managed to pick up on sale. But these prices are over the top.
varanusk
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 09:14 PM UTC
While whether a product is cheap or expensive is always a personal view, I have to say that N&B prices are in line with other comparable publishers like Panzer Tracts or Panzerwrecks Publishing.

For a production with such a level of in-depth (and reliable) research and amount of photos, I doubt you can get a lower price from any serious publisher.

Maybe the problem is the shipping charges, but I guess there should be local distributors.
PietvanHees
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Netherlands
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 09:54 PM UTC
Wel I'm stil reading it, been browsing it a couple of time for pictures before that. It's amazingly complete! So far EVERYTHING I know about the 9 and 9/1 is in this book, and that's an achievement in it's own. I've got each and every book on the sdKfz9 and believe me: you can all sell them and buy this one. It's an amazing piece of research! (Ow, bye the way, I've got a couple of very good books on the 9 for sale. Anyone?)
V-2Rocket
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Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 02:11 AM UTC
Well Guys,

I must say that the price of this book looks very reasonable to me !!
The cost are € 30,-- for a large book
There are 232 pages meaning € 0,12 pro page
There are 400 photo's meaning €0,075 for a singe photo
Did you ever see the price list of a archive ??
Like NARA, IMW, AMW or Munich.
Do you know what the price is for a single photo when you want to print 10.000 copys of your book.
Do you know how many time you have to invest in a book from idea to the printing and selling of it.

No well I can tell you this with € 30,-- it will be cheap.

So don't give a comment on the price of a book for €30,--
Just enjoy it and thank these writers who invest so much time and money to write a good documented book for us.

With kind regards.

Bert
vettejack
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 03:23 AM UTC
Received my copy about 3 weeks ago. Everything I expected was presented. In-depth research right down to manufacturer serial numbers that received this or that particular part/change in relation to that version. Tons of photos: most I've never seen! Post war photos, and use, of the FAMO is a real bonus! This edition is a complete compliment, and companion, to Volume 12. The only 'complaint', if you may: I wished the models presented had a more in-depth description of the build that would rival the description of the FAMO in the main text, and as described, in the photos. Would loved to have known more of the techniques/secrets used by the modelers. In the end...A+ for the Nuts/Bolts team!
bill_c
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 07:36 AM UTC
It's a highly-specialized publication devoted to a small niche market (modelers). If you want these pubs to survive, then we have to support them.