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|Publisher and Title:
||Windsock Datafile 124 FBA Type H
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Interesting text, comprehensive
plans feature, excellent profiles, unprecedented photo coverage.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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The FBA Type H flying boat is the latest aircraft to get
the Datafile treatment from Albatros Productions.
These machines flew for a number of different air services during World
War I including those of France, Italy and Belgium. Even the British
Admiralty managed to acquire some for RNAS use in the Adriatic.
The duties of these aircraft were to combat enemy raids, oppose the
blocking of harbours, and to conduct anti submarine warfare. It didn’t
get off to a good start when they inevitably came across the aggressive
German Naval flyers.
The French for example, were given orders that when encountering enemy
aircraft, they were to land and fight from the surface of the water!
Naturally disaster followed and those tactics were soon changed.
Things weren’t all bad for the FBA crews and successful operations did
follow. Some were even awarded medals for the sinking of German
Eventually the war ended but the FBA continued to be used well into the
1920s…this time by other nations as a training aircraft.
Inside the soft card covers there are a total of 36
pages. Over one hundred photographs are presented, which includes colour
shots of the only surviving example of this aircraft.
The text describes the history of these machines and the services they
performed. The narrative is very interesting and easy to understand,
with the various photo captions providing more insightful reading.
Scale plans are a hallmark of the Datafile series and this issue is no
exception. These are drawn by Martin Digmayer and are produced in both
1:72 and 1:48 scales. In the 10 pages allocated, extra details are
illustrated where necessary and this includes cross-sections and
A handy specification table is provided which differentiates between the
French and Italian built aircraft.
Colours and markings are not forgotten and there is a section
specifically devoted to this area. To assist in this task, Ronny Bar has
supplied three excellent profiles. A fourth option can be seen on the
cover with an original painting done by Danilo Renzulli.
The A4 format lends itself perfectly to the Datafile
formula as it allows maximum detail to be extracted from the printed
With the large number of photographs and informative
text, this is a great single reference source for an important aircraft.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 30 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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