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|Publisher and Title:
||Windsock Datafile 123 Staaken at
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Interesting commentary on a
variety of Staaken, excellent artwork, a feast of previously
unpublished photos, and a multitude of 1/72 scale drawings.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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The Staaken has long been a favorite with Ray Rimell and
so the editor of Albatros Productions takes it upon himself to author
this subject. His knowledge of the aircraft’s role in the Great War puts
him in good stead for this latest issue in the Datafile series.
Note that this publication is not to be confused with an earlier release
from this company. While that publication concentrated on the history
and development of the R.VI, this one takes a different tact. More
specifically, it looks at the operational careers of the Staaken R.IV,
R.V, R.VII, R.XIV, R.XV, RXIVa, and R.XVI (Av).
The familiar format of this series continues with the usual soft card
covers containing 32 A4 size pages. Inside are 59 black and white photos
with most being seen in print for the first time. They offer the viewer
a tantalizing snapshot of what life would have been like around these
behemoths. The crew posing for the in-flight shots is especially
The reproduction of the images is excellent and many are printed one or
two to a page. This allows the reader to gain maximum benefit from the
many small details.
A hallmark of these publications is the inclusion of general arrangement
drawings. This issue is no exception with 10 pages of George Haddow’s
work being devoted to this aspect. Due to the size of the aircraft, only
1:72 scale line work is presented and this covers the R.XIV / R.XV, R.IV
R.12/15, R.XVI (Av) R.49/17, and R.XIVa R.69/18-R.72/18.
The artwork is as one expects with two very nice profiles by Ronny Bar.
The evocative cover is the work of Robert Karr and depicts R.IV R.12/16
colliding with a steel cable courtesy of the Woolwich Balloon barrage.
The story of this fascinating event is fully covered in the text.
Rounding out the book is a colours and marking section which describes
the appearance of these monsters. A table lists the statistics of the
aircraft types and a further appendix describes the R-plane raids on
England between 28 September 1917 and 19-20 May 1918.
The service histories of these selected Staaken
Riesenfluzeuge makes for fascinating reading. Ray Rimell’s writing style
allows the reader to easily digest the information and the artwork is
just icing on the cake.
If you even have just a passing interest in Germany’s giant bombers,
then you won’t be disappointed with this book.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
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