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Land Craft 6: Humvee (Paperback)

American Multi-Purpose Support Truck

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Pre-WWI > American History Photographic Books Transport

By Ben Skipper
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Land Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526789815
Published: 16th March 2021



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With its characteristic wide track, low silhouette and its distinctively deep exhaust note the Humvee sets itself apart from the range of light utility trucks it replaced. Fully air-portable, the Humvee features an aluminium body seated on a steel ladder chassis, powered by a 190hp V8 engine.

Introduced into service in 1985, the Humvee remained pretty much unnoticed until its baptism of fire during the invasion of Panama in Operation Just Cause. It wasn’t until almost a year later, in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Strom that the Humvee really came into the public eye.

As a result of its newly found fame its manufacturer, American Motors General, started to produce a civilized version for public consumption, with sales and profile boosted by Hollywood patronage. At the same time the Humvee continued to serve in some of the most dangerous US operations undertaken to date. From the streets of Mogadishu to the Balkans, the Humvee developed into a vehicle far removed from its original design intentions.

With some 17 variants now in service, from the basic troop carrier to the awesome Avenger Anti-Aircraft system, this Humvee LandCraft title provides the modeller with a rich vein of inspirations and subject.

This title looks at the process behind the design and development of the Humvee and how American Motors General were able to fulfil a complex design brief to deliver a single vehicle that was able to replace a host of in-service vehicles. This title will chart how the Humvee grew from a light utility truck into a versatile platform whose modesty hides its potential.

With its specially designed track, impressive ground clearance, waterproofed electronics and ability to carry a one tonne load, the first Humvees were light years ahead of the vehicles they replaced. With its unique suspension and transmission systems to its unique engine arrangement this 4x4 is capable of feats normally only afforded to tracked vehicles.

With some 17 versions in US service the Humvee fulfils its traditional role as cargo and troop carrier as well as special-weapons platform, ambulances, Direct Air Support vehicles and communications shelter vehicles.

After 35 years of service the Humvee has changed from soft skinned run-about to a lightly armoured force protection asset. Fitted with a larger engine, inter-changeable armour, specially designed escape windows and a unique blast chimney, the Humvee’s story is indeed proof that development of military vehicles never stops.

For the modeller there is nothing more important than the little things and this image-rich section of LandCrafts’ Humvee title delivers the goods. Filled with crisp images that chart the Humvee’s development, combined with informative accompanying text, forms an enviable visual guide for the enthusiast and modeller alike.

Another great book by Ben Skipper. He perfectly marries his own modelling requirements and presents them to us in a cohesive way.

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Vintage Airfix

I would like to thank Ben Skipper for giving this book a specific area for the modelling aspects.

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"...provides a large amount of content compared to its smallish size and strikes a good balance between not getting too technical but still providing good information and value."

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War Wheels

The book is nicely formatted, enjoyable to read, and covers the subjects real vehicle details well and does an excellent job providing superb build photos and interesting examples of different upgrades, kits, and detail sets to make your Humvee build really 'pop'.

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"...the modelling is top notch and the photos show completed models and system close-ups."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. – Very Highly Recommended

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Scale Modelling Now

The Humvee was a Cold War design, and rather like the British Land Rover (covered by Ben in another of the LandCraft books) it struggled in terms of protection when faced by the challenges of more irregular warfare in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. That has led to the more recent attention towards Mine Protected Patrol vehicles, but that shouldn't detract from the valuable contribution that the Humvee has made to the US military over many years, and how it offers so much variety for modellers. Another helpful addition to the LandCraft series for modellers especially.

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About Ben Skipper

Ben Skipper is a freelance writer with over 100 articles on art, military and field sports subjects. He’s a member of the Society of Authors, the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and the NUJ as well as being an Honorary Member of the Pen and Sword Club (military journalists and writers).

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