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|Publisher and Title:
||Albatros Datafile Special
by Greg VanWyngarden
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Detailed and corrected scale
plans, excellent artwork, “new” photographs, informative stencil
data information, enlightening captions.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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The Fokker Dr.I is a firm favourite with many World War
I aircraft modellers and the latest “Datafile Special” is sure to prove
With 84 pages to its credit, this A4 sized publication covers the
markings of 18 Jastas that operated the triplane. Not forgotten are the
pre production aircraft that are always inciting heated discussion with
regard to their finishes.
The author doesn’t bite into this latter argument and instead presents
the available information in an orderly fashion and allows the reader to
come to their own conclusions.
Sensibly the Jastas are examined in numerical order which permits quick
and easy reference to the Units concerned. Each is represented with
photographic coverage of the aircraft in question, with the lion’s share
being devoted to the more “successful” Jagdstaffeln. Obviously the
availability of the images also contributes to this.
There are over 250 photographs in total with the more interesting ones
being printed two or three to a page. Considering the quality of the
original images, the reproduction is very good. Unavoidably, seasoned
enthusiasts will be familiar with much of the above, but there are still
many “new” gems that will take even these readers by surprise.
The captions are a valuable text in themselves with each telling a story
about the subject being presented. It’s evident that the author has
called upon a number of sources to make these descriptions as accurate
This publication also updates the previous books from Albatros
Productions on the Tripe. Thanks to a new set of detailed 1:32nd scale
plans from Marty Digmayer, the misdemeanours of past versions have now
been corrected. For example, gone are the “hinges” on the axle wing,
which now show the correct bungee cord access covers. Other included
items, missed by Ian Stair’s otherwise superb drawings, are the oil
filler cap, gun muzzle blast plates and the correct placement of the
upper wing celluloid window.
The relocation of the latter item has gone unnoticed by some of this
book’s artists as their profiles still show this in the old location!
Speaking of the artwork, this is up to the usual high standard expected
from these regular contributors. Ronny Bar, Robert Karr, Juanita Franzi
and Bob Pearson all display their considerable talents, and as a result,
over 10 pages of artwork are featured.
A colour centre spread displays all the “official” décor that identified
each Jasta and the featured stencil guide has to be one of the most
Not a page is wasted in this lavish publication.
By virtue of the corrected data, it easily supersedes previous books
from this publisher.
Additional information that has been unselfishly offered by other
aficionados has helped this come about. As a result, gone are references
to Jasta 32b, weight tables are accurately portrayed and a more thorough
understanding is available on the myriad of colour schemes.
Triplane enthusiasts have waited a long time for an update and this is
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 19 April, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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