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|Publisher and Title:
||Windsock Datafile 121 Handley
Page 0/400 Vol 2
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Superb range of photographs,
excellent clarity, scale plans, informative text.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Colin Owers gave us the first instalment of World War
One’s “Bloody Paralyser” with Datafile 116. The follow up volume has now
been published and this completes the study of the famous Handley Page
The first thing that strikes the reader is the evocative cover art by
Ray Rimell. This sets the tone for the very high standard of the
The soft card covers contain the usual 36 pages which continue where the
volume 1 left off. Here we find the details of the bomber described
whereas its predecessor contained the type’s history and development.
This is done with over 65 black and white photographs. Amongst other
sources, the rare close ups come from contemporary official handbooks
and these show amazing detail. Every aspect of the machine is covered.
There are skeletal views of the wings; interior shots cover the fuel and
oil tanks, bomb cells, cockpit, gunlayer’s position and every other area
of the fuselage.
The exterior is not forgotten with the engines, tail skid mounting,
under carriage, Scarff ring, and pipe connections also being selected
for special mention. The text describes all these areas in excellent
detail and the author’s style does not bog the reader down in too much
Volume 1 saw general arrangement drawings to 1/72 scale. In this issue
they are to 1/48 and are conveniently placed in the centre of the book.
This allows easy removal as many of the views are spread over two pages.
Bob Pearson supplies three colour schemes to round out the issue and the
description of these and of the Handley Page in general, is covered
amply in a colours and markings section.
This certainly is a title for the “super-detailer”.
The superb clarity and range of images presented is more than enough for
those wanting to enhance the old Airfix offering. In fact there is ample
information here to allow an enterprising manufacturer to produce a
modern kit of this famous aircraft.
Time will tell…
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 13 March, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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