The name "Albatros" derives from an Arabic word meaning “the diver.” The D.III type from this company was the sesquiplane layout of its predecessors the D.I and D.II. Entering the war in January 1917 the Albatros D.III and later D.V & Va series became the back bone of Germany’s Fliegertruppen. In the autumn of 1916, “Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik AG” (Oeffag) obtained a licence to build the D.III at Wiener-Neustadt. Deliveries commenced in May 1917. They were eventually built in three main versions (series 53, 153, 253) using the 185, 200, or 225hp Austro-Daimler engines respectively.
Kagero / Casemate
"Kagero Oficyna Wydawnicza" was established in 1991 with publishing "Air Show" magazine for modelers. Since then we have published almost 70 publications, mainly for plastic kit modelers. Albatros D.I - D.Va by Tomasz Kowalski has detailed information on the aircraft, archival photography, scale drawings, and colour profiles, this book is a valuable tribute to a classic and important aircraft for any aviation enthusiast. The series Legends of Aviation is a collection of books detailing the oldest aircraft of the 20th Century, their units and the pilots who flew and fought in them. Each volume contains archive photographs, scale drawings and colour profile artwork. Contrary to the website advertisements there are no free decals or "foil" included with the book.
296 x 210 mm
80 pages (not 72 as advertised)
Fully illustrated throughout
The text is pretty well defined by a good attempt at covering the title's subject matter but it has a pronounced slant toward the Austrian Alb. D.III Oeffag and its post war service with the Polish Air Service. It puts most of the post war service into a new light and covers previously unknown subjects especially the national, unit and personal markings of the Polish based fighters. Some typos have crept into the text. For instance on p.16 the Albatros at the bottom of the page is the Dr.I not the Dr.II (the Dr.II is correctly identified on top of p.26.) MvR was wounded in an Alb. D.V not a D.Va on July 6, 1917. See p.18 Alb. D.III 1996/16 gives the colour references as dk green and light blue. Yet we have evidence that this machine was quartered longetudinally yellow and blue. (A former Jasta 11 machine.) It also mis-identifies a well known faked image of an SE 5a and an Albatros fighter in close proximity. (From the Cockburn-Lange series.) These are just a few issues. Pluses include images discussing two typical radiator differences in the German version.
When it comes to the Austria-Hungarian and Polish text & images it is clearly the author's forte. He obviously has some well fonded knowlege in this arena. Over-all there are seven colour plates (Squadron advertises 9) with profiles for 11 machines (Squadron says 13). Structural diagrams, appendices and data tables.
I do note that many of the companies selling this book are offering 20% discounts. Squadron, Casemate & etc.
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Highs: Some of the Austria-Hungarian and Polish text & images included that are not readily available anywhere else. Lows: Contrary to the website advertisements there are no free decals or "foil" included with the book. Many of the photo images are 4-6 generation photos. Several text and photo captions suffer from typographical errors.
Verdict: I find this is a good photo and text reference. Though it doesn't stand alone as such it makes a fine addition to the members of its bibliography.
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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...