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||Mushroom Model Publications Red
Rotorcraft of the Third Reich
by Ryszard Witkowski
with illustrations by
Teodor Liviu Morosanua, Remi Pierlot and Marek Rys'
A5+ format; 144 pages plus covers
in the UK and Europe
GBP £12.00 from Mushroom Model Publications
in the USA
USD$19.96 available online from Squadron.com
Provides a good history of rotary wing
development under the Third Reich, covering the main manufacturers and
machines; great selection of contemporary photos; colour photos of
surviving examples; 26 attractive colour profiles.
Reviewed by Rodger
"Rotorcraft of the Third Reich"
is available online from Squadron
No, this is not another “Luftwaffe 1946” what if book!
is, in fact, a record of the efforts made by German manufacturers in the world
of rotary wing aviation during the Third Reich era of Germany’s history.
If you had not known about the advances made in the rotary wing world by Germany
reading this book will give you the full picture. It covers the efforts of the
major players, Flettner, Focke, and Reisler.
The prelude sets the scene by describing the background of the players and their
early efforts. What follows are detailed explorations into the three major
What follows are brief coverage of other projects. These
The designs of Baron Friedrich von Doblhoff
The N.R. (Nagler and Rolz) series of projects
Fw 354 Triebflugel
Fa 269 Kurzstartjagdflugzeug
Fa 283 Kampfhubscrauber
The final chapter, entitled Echoes, follows the post-war
history, testing and further development of the German designs and their
evolution into modern day helicopters.
The book is No 5109 in the Mushroom Model Publications Red Series. Printed in
Poland on good quality glossy paper, it contains text in the English language
only. A soft cover book, it is B5 format 240x165 mm (or 6½” x 9” for those of us
who are yet to go metric) and comprises 104 pages. It contains 104 black and
white period photographs, 26 colour photographs of surviving examples, 26 colour
profiles as well as 14 1/72 scale line drawings.
Those who own the Special Hobby 1/48 scale Focke-Angelis Fa 223 kit will find
the text and photographs contained within the book’s pages especially helpful in
assisting you in getting the kit right.
I was impressed with this book. It is a well written, well
illustrated and very informative summary of a little known chapter of World War
Thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
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