Reference, Toadman's CD#15, Toadman’s 105mm HMC M7, M7B1 and M7B2 Photo Detail CD
August 27 2006 at 5:32 PM
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CD#15, Toadman’s 105mm HMC M7, M7B1 and M7B2 Photo Detail CD. By: Chris “Toadman” Hughes.
The latest Photo Detail CD from the Toadman covers the well-known 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7, which was christened the “Priest” by the British, due to the pulpit-like appearance of the tub that mounted the .50 cal. M2 machine-gun. Containing over 375 color photos of preserved examples, coverage is very complete as it details all three main versions, as stated in the title. The CD will “auto-run” on most Windows OS computers and the author has provided a brief note on how to start it on a computer with a MAC-based OS.
Typical for these CDs, this one is laid out in the following manner:
• Introduction and acknowledgements.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7 main table of contents.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7 hull and superstructure table of contents, followed by 109 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7 suspension table of contents, followed by 26 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7 fighting compartment table of contents, followed by 59 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7B1 main table of contents, followed by 12 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7B2 main table of contents.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7B2 hull and superstructure table of contents, followed by 91 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7B2 suspension table of contents, followed by 31 photos.
• 105mm H.M.C. M7B2 fighting compartment table of contents, followed by 49 photos.
In general, photographic coverage is excellent, within the limitations that the manufacturer sets forth in the introduction. In other words, if the team of photographers could see an item and get a camera into the proper position, there are photos. If they could not, we’re out of luck; seems reasonable to me! For the most part, the photos are well-exposed and composed, but some areas in some photos are a bit too over-exposed; this is not a huge problem. The team has also taken particular note of the variations in the types of single-and three-piece cast transmission/final drive housings, to include detailed information regarding the foundry casting numbers and symbols. And, since quite a few parts seen are common to the M4 series, the information presented will find wide application.
The introduction gives a good basic run-down of the differences between the main variations, as covered on this CD. The photo captions are also well-done and in some cases very detailed. It is very refreshing to see the proper nomenclature for various items used throughout.
So, yet again, Toadman has produced a well-thought out, easily accessible and extremely economical reference tool for the detail-oriented modeler.
Frank V. De Sisto
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