Founded in 1996, MMP Books is a UK-based publishing company with its book publishing division starting in 1999. Specializing in aviation and military history, MMP Books is known worldwide as a source for anything military.
Single Vehicle No. 02 7TP is the second book added to the “Single Vehicle” line of books MMP Books in 2021. Others include Single Vehicle No. 01 ( SU-76M) published in 2021 to their latest Single Vehicle No. 08 (Polish Armoured Draisine TK) entered the market in 2023. Eight books are available in this Single Vehicle Series.
This A4 format 8.2 x 11.8-inch 28-page book is printed on satin paper with 90 black and white images and one color profile page. The front and back covers are both printed on glossy paper. The text is in English.
The book is focused on an introduction to the Polish 7TP light tank in production from 1935 to 1939 based upon the British Vickers 6-ton. The author does not go into any historical detail, nor does he include an introduction. What you get is a condensed book with a few black-and-white images and color elevation views. While small in content, it does introduce the Polish 7TP light tank.
The author does not include a contents page but, he essentially divides the book into sections including:
- Historical Pictures
Beginning with page 1 and page 2 the author includes 1/35 scale drawings by Grzegorz Jackowski. Four elevation views are included with one being a prototype. For the modeler, this would be an invaluable reference tool to have on hand.
Immediately after the scale drawings are 18 pages of one, two, or three images per page showing the tanks in settings such as streetscapes, on the assembly line, and destroyed among others. Most images are clear however, a few are a bit grainy. Given the timeframe, this is to be expected. Most have captions albeit a few have small descriptions while others are lengthy in detail.
On page 5 are 3 images of the 7TP belonging to the 3rd Panzer Battalion in the desert during trials. These images would make great subjects for dioramas as they are in interesting positions.
After the general views of the 7TP in various settings we have on page 21 six images of the hull including the front part of the hull, the driver’s hatch, and a detailed image of the front fenders.
On page 23 are a couple of good images of the P.Z.Inz Type 155 engine and two views of the chassis showing the driving wheels. Again, these images are clear and crisp.
On page 25 the author includes eight images of the turret. These images have a well-detailed view. For the modeler, these images are excellent for reference to use.
Finally, the author includes a color profile of the 7TP in 3 color camouflage colors. Again, an excellent reference especially for painting camouflage.
Although it contains a mere twenty-eight pages, it does provide an enormous amount of material and images on these pages, especially for the historian or modeler who wants a summary or introduction to the Polish Light Tank 7TP. I highly recommend this book to be included in anyone’s reference library.
Thanks to Casemate Publishers, and IPMS/USA for this review sample.