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The vehicle that was to become the Type 82 Kubelwagen had its roots in the development of the Volkswagen "People's Car." With war clouds gathering over Europe, the efforts of the Volkswagen facility were turned to the production of military vehicles. In January 1938 work began in earnest on the vehicle that would come to be popularly known as the Kubelwagen. The term Kubelwagen means "bucket car" and was actually applied to a variety of vehicles from a number of makers, but has come to be synonymous with the Volkswagen Type 82. Even under the skilled tutelage of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, two years of work and testing were required before the Kubelwagen took its classic form. It was soon to become as ubiquitous as the U.S. Army's Jeep and was also designed a produced as an amphibious car known as the Schwimmwagen. As always, this Visual History title mixes rare and interesting archival imagery with photos of restored vehicles. Produced with the full and complete cooperation of the Kubel Korps, one of the world's largest Kubelwagen-Schwimmwagen restoration groups, this title presents only the very finest restored examples. Early examples of the Kubelwagen are featured, as is a very rare 1945 model. No detail is left unrevealed, with interiors, multiple engine views and undercarriages. Additionally, the Schwimmwagen is covered in equally great detail.
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Commissioned to write his first book in 2003, a 512-page volume on the history of US military vehicles, since that time over 100 of his books have been published. While most of these concern historic military hardware, including aircraft and warships, his volumes on military vehicles, meticulously researched by David and his wife Denise, remain the genre for which he is most recognized. This recognition reached its pinnacle in June 2015, when he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of "...the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."

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Whether you have the Beko or Tamiya Kubelwagen, the Tamiya Shwimmwagen in 1:35 or one of the many models in other scales, this book will give you all the reference pictures and some besides, as well as some inspiration for dioramas. Highly recommended. -- Mike Williams Britmodeller.com Thoroughly recommended. -- Paul Middleton Scale Military Modelling International Magazine A mountain of walk-around photos of preserved examples...give the modeller all of the superdetailing cues he or she needs. -- Marcus Nicholls Tamiya Model Magazine For anyone with one of the larger scale kits, such as the old 1/9 kit from ESCI or the even bigger 1/6 model from Dragon (they do the Schwimmwagen as well) then this provides a level of detail references that is hard to match. -- Robin Buckland Military Model Scene This is certainly a must-have volume for anyone thinking of detailing one of the many Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen kits out there. Highly recommended. -- David Grummitt Military Modelcraft International WWII model makers in particular will find this book irresistible. Packed with amazing archive photographs of these iconic German army vehicles. -- Paul Norman Books Monthly

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