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Belgian JPK90
Belgian JPK90
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by: Paul Truhe [ PTRUHE ]


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Belgian JPK90

Introduction
The KanonenJagdPanzer (KaJaPa) was initially developed for Bundeswehr requirements and the Belgian Army was the only export user where it was known as JPK90. The Bundeswehr design was improved in the transmission, suspension, and fire control components and Lyran flare launchers were added. The JPK90 was used in the Belgian antitank units alongside M113 MILAN carriers (M113A1-B-MIL). Seen sparingly in other general armor books, this is the first time it's been covered in such detail.

Review
The book is softcover A4 size in landscape format and 68 pages with approximately 200 photographs.

Very informative introduction regarding the selection of the JPK, improvements made, capabilities and utilization within the Belgian Army.

The subsequent chapters are:
    1. In Service - photographs of the JPK90 in action
    2. 360 - walkaround of a still-running JPK90 at the Gunfire Museum at Brasschaat
    3. The Running Gear - details of the Marder suspension, roadwheels and tracks
    4. Hull Front - features of the front hull and the 90mm gun
    5. Around the Sides - tool fittings along the hull sides
    6. The Rear Hull - toolboxes and other stowage items on the rear hull
    7. Topside - crew hatches and other hull top fittings
    8. The Interior - coverage of the interior with crew positions and ammo stowage
    9. Engine and Transmission - everything you see with the engine hatch open and an extracted powerpack
    10. In Preservation - pictures of the 7 remaining JPK90s

Conclusion
This is the best book covering the JPK90. True to the Model Foto Focus series, there a vast amount of detail.

It's a great book for someone who wants to know more about Cold War Belgian armor and for the model builders it's a good reference to finish off the new RetroTracks JPK90 kit or convert the Revell KaJaPa kit. I'm excited to see what comes next for Belgian armor.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great coverage of the exterior and interior of the JPK90. Good in-service background and pictures.
Lows:
Verdict: The best JPK90 book out there! Filling another void in books on Belgian Cold War armor.
Percentage Rating
98%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: MFF16
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  PUBLISHED: May 17, 2020
  NATIONALITY: Belgium
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.19%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.53%

About Paul Truhe (ptruhe)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

Built military models in my youth but didn't pick it up again until a few years out of college. Served in a mortar platoon in the 2nd Armored Division from 1986-1990 at the end of the Cold War. I only build armor now with primary interests being M113s, CVR(t)s and Leopards.

Copyright 2020 text by Paul Truhe [ PTRUHE ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

I've always liked this vehicle and while the AT missile version was more effective overall I like the gun version better, both in person and as models. Reference material on this is always welcome.
MAY 18, 2020 - 10:06 AM
   

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