|My new profile book has already received great reviews and here follows the first:|
January 14, 2015
Review of Claes Sundin's "Tiger
and Panther Tanks" from his German Panzer Profiles
When I discovered that Claes was coming out with profiles in a single volume on my three favorite tanks the Tiger I, II and the Panther I put in my birthday present order immediately. There are color profiles of 64 panzers in this work, each painstakingly researched from actual photos and with the help of German armor enthusiasts around the world. As such, the camouflage and the subtle equipment differences presented on each of the profiles appear to me to be accurate, although I am by no means an expert on German armor. Nevertheless, compared to other color renditions I have in my library, these are among the best. I particularly liked the shading effects that Claes has imparted on each of the profiles. Also included with each profile is a short history of the vehicle presented, its unit and commander if known and other interesting factoids on German armor or the Allied perspective. The text is done in a medium gray, so as not to compete with the artwork a subtle but important feature of the book.
What I really should do here is buy another copy so I can have a few of my favorites framed. These include Wittman's Panther, the La Gleize Tiger II in its proper colors, and the Houffalize Panther, the latter two being on display in Belgium. Also, there is a profile included of Tiger II "222", abandoned in Stavelot another of my favorites. I asked Claes if he is planning to do a profile on Barkman's Panther and was advised that that one is in the works.
So, don't buy just one copy.
Robert J. Caso/USA
Thank you very much & best wishes
Guillermo Medina Hurtado/Spain
The profiles are of a very high standard. I owe quite many different aircraft and armored books and all to often the profiles included in those books degrades the overall impression, either in respect of vehicle details and / or camouflage and numbers, badges etc.
What I can see you have carefully considered the original images and fact checked the sources for making your profiles, which is absolutely correct method, otherwise there is the risk that it only disseminate false "old data" has been around for a long time without being questioned. The painting and marking in Africa Corps of the Tiger I is just one example where for decades considered that the Tanks were painted in either RAL 8000, 8020 and / or gray-green RAL 7008 or gray 7027. New findings, among others. after the renovation of Bovingtons Tiger I, open up the eyes for many entusiasts regarding the Tigers from 501 and 504 Pz.Abt. The two-color patterned in RAL 8000 and 7008, just as you have done in your profiles! So Claes where did you get your information regarding Africa Tigers painting and patterns from?
All other color profiles of the Tigers and Panther tanks are very well made and well documented. The only thing I miss is your own comments about the camouflage colors you determine that a particular tank were painted in. Your experience to judge black and white photo originals and cross check them with the different sources to make realistic picture profiles is worth a lot for modelers you know.
Finally, I am very satisfied and impressed
with your first Panzer-profile book. I hope there will be more
such in the series!
BTW, I added your three aircraft profile books to the Goodreads website so people can see them when they look up your name. I'll add the panzer book as well. All four will be added to Shelfari, too.
I got the new Tiger and Panther book
to day and I love it, great work Claes :)
Hi Claes, today i have received your book, wonderful as usually........many thanks!
congratulations for Profile Book No. 3 and the Panzer book. Outstanding quality and superb artwork. That`s the stuff I like and a great help for the modeller and the Luftwaffe-historian. I am waiting hot for further publications of this caliber!
Has received the book and had a quick glanse. It gives a very good first impression. The profiles are absolutely excellent in its clarity and correctness as far as I can judge. The short text below each profile with a little history about the individual provides a significant added value and the supplier's "life" in an excellent manner
Thanks for the great book I got yesterday. Good job! Especially interesting to read detailed information and history associated multiple carts you have recreated in a great way.
Greetings and Merry Christmas from
Thank you very much for your new signed book! As I told you before I do not know anything about tanks but Tigers and Panthers suite me very much! Those mastodontes are impressive ! Camo are really nice! They seen to be as various as those of the Luftwaffe! I thank you for your book once again.
It is a really good book you have made.
I am especially grateful for the many illustrations of the Panther
D versions. Most other books with illustrations of German panzer
has often Panther A and G versions in focus.
Sorry, I could not control myself. I
have to take a sneak peek and can only say "Totally Awesome".
I Will now wrap it and enjoy more of my Christmas gift on Christmas
I am very impressed and happy. Imagine how wonderful that is after a hard day being able to sit down and browse through a wonderful book.
Absolutely Fabulous profiles and a wonderful layout of the book. I'm very impressed in the way you got the colors and shadings of the profiles. It must be a long hard work behind it to get all the details and nuances.
First - the introduction with a brief
information about the tanks - very good, and especially the size
comparison between a Tiger II and a Leopard II from today. It
gives readers a good idea of the actual size - because it's not
everyone who could "pat a tiger" and admire its shapes
I like the detail and I think it's a nice touch that you put that "ribbon" on top of all the page in the same color/camo as the profiled Tank, including the current year, all this gives a very solid impression. In addition, throughout the book's layout and design with its panzer gray background - genuine and thoughtful work. In other words I'm incredibly impressed by your work and are now waiting eagerly for the next in line.
As some of your readers might get a bit puzzled about - you informed them in this book about the limited number of Tiger and Panther tanks that was used by the German Armed forces during WWII, I guess It´s natural for you to start with the next book, a book that would include main types such as the Panzer IV and all kinds of Panzer-Jägers.
Janne "Kingtiger" Carlsson/Sweden
I like it a lot. Great profiles as usual.
Wonderful to sit and watch and read the texts.
I'll say it again. A very nice book.
The book has arrived in perfect condition
and as usual it meets my expectations by far!
Would love to see more Panzer-profile books from you in the future!