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|Publisher and Title:
||Windsock Datafile #126 -
Albatros C.XII Volume 1 by Peter Grosz
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Comprehensive study of the
Albatros-built C.XII, with 3 colour profiles and plans in both 1:72
and 1:48 scale.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Sadly this is the last Datafile from the redoubtable
Peter Grosz. He passed away in September 2006 so this work has been
completed with the help of his colleges.
It focuses on the Albatros C.XII, which was planned to succeed the C.X.
The fuselage borrowed the sleek lines of the company’s fighter series
which made it one of the most aesthetically pleasing two-seaters of its
The wing section was not efficient enough to allow much of an
improvement on previous designs but the type never-the-less soldiered on
until the end of the war. It saw quite a bit of service on the Western
Front where it performed reconnaissance and general purpose duties.
This is volume 1 which concentrates on the Albatros-built versions of
this machine. Part 2 of the series will highlight the license-built
Thirty two pages are contained within the soft card covers. There are
over 70 period black and white photographs, most of which will be new to
the avid reader. Also included are some remarkable images of the 260-hp
Mercedes D.IVa engine; these having come from both a technical manual
and capture report.
Martin Digmayer supplies the general arrangement drawings and these are
available in both 1:72 and 1:48 scales. His excellent work is
accompanied by three colour profiles from the capable hands of Bob
Another interpretation of one of these schemes can be gleaned from the
front cover. This comes in the form of a wonderful piece of evocative
artwork from Robert Karr.
Colours and markings are the domain of Ray Rimell and this is addressed
in the final section of the book. An appendix rounds out the publication
and here we find a series of tables that cover production orders,
“Frontbestand” inventory, specifications and performance.
Albatros Productions continue to supply the World War
One aviation enthusiast with valuable reference material.
The C.XII is an interesting aircraft and Peter Grosz does a sterling job
in unveiling the story of the Albatros-built versions. His encyclopedic
knowledge of WWI German aviation will be sorely missed, as will his
unique style of delivering a thorough analysis of his subject.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
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