A week or so ago I managed to grab a copy of Kagero’s Topcolors #1 Pz.Kpfw V Panther book from one of the vendor tables and I decided to review it.
The book is printed in landscape format (27.5cm by 20.5cm) with 50 full color pages. The cover themselves are thicker than you would expect from say a regular Signal Squadron in Action book and is quite glossy. The interiors are all matt illustration stock and the printing is top notch.
For those unfamiliar with these, the TopColors series by Kagero usually focus on a single subject (tank, airplane or battle) and provides several profile illustrations from that subject.
The illustrations are beautifully done and based on research made by its authors (Arkadiousz Wróbel and Robert Wróblewski). The accuracy seems to be fine for the subjects I know, although I got to say that I’m not familiar with the 46 options represented in these book.
Below the illustration is *some* information regarding the featured tank and some remarks about the scheme itself in both English and Polish (?). I say *some* because none of the profiles mention any references or sources for the information.
Now the best part, the book comes with a HUGE decal sheet, containing the subjects presented in the book in all 3 major scales!!!. How awesome is that, huh?! Decals are thin, and on register. Just to give you an idea of the attention to detail here, the sheet has two slightly different shades of red for the different markings.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not an historical reference source nor it tries to be. Anybody getting it for that will more than likely get disappointed. This is the kind of book you would get if you have quite a few Panther kits and you run out of motivation/decals/schemes (my case). In that respect Kagero’s book delivers and then some…it will definitely get the creative juices flowing and is guaranteed to make you want to go back to the bench.
I’m really glad I bought this book and as such I can recommend it to all Panther buffs out there!