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|Publisher and Title:
||Albatros Productions Datafile
Special - Zeppelin Vol.1 by Ray Rimell
||Soft cover, A4 format, 86 pages
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Interesting and entertaining
text; quality images; scale plans; excellent format.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Many of us found our love for the Airship through Dr.
Douglas Robinson’s landmark titles “The Zeppelin in Combat” and “Giants
of the Sky”.
These remain English language classics and have helped students of the
subject all over the world. Ray Rimell has corresponded at length with
that author and much knowledge has been passed on. It’s fitting then
that the editor of Albatros Productions writes the first installment of
This book takes a different approach to most that has preceded it.
Usually we are presented with a chronological history from the LZ1
onwards but not here. Volume 1 focuses on Germany’s WW1 “P” and “Q”
class Zeppelins. The so called “R” class or “Super Zeppelins” will be
covered in the second installment.
There are 76 quality A4 pages between the soft card covers, as well as a
set of excellent foldout plans. These latter items are sized to 1/350
and both classes of Zeppelin described in this publication are
represented. Martin Digmayer does a first-rate job drawing these and the
included BE2 really gives a sense of scale.
The various gondolas are given special treatment in 1/96 scale as is the
“spy in the sky” SPÄHKORB. Detail views of the upper forward gun
platform also make an appearance to further the readers understanding of
The photographs number at least 130 and these are reproduced to a very
high standard. It’s a very diverse and revealing collection with
informative captions to match. Many are printed to half page size and
this allows the viewer to get full benefit from the image.
As well as covering the technical aspects of these airships, the author
relates the more “human” side of Zeppelin life. There are many personal
accounts presented, which include operational raids, the dramas of
ground handling these monsters, surviving on the upper platforms, and
even being refused rescue from the sea.
Colours and markings are not forgotten with a varied selection of
attractive artwork being presented. These cover three subjects as well
as generic engine and control / engine gondolas. A “spotters guide” is
also included which will help the reader identify uncaptioned subjects
from other sources.
The format chosen for this publication is refreshing.
By splitting the Zeppelin types over two volumes, the author does not
run the risk of trying to cram too much information into the limited
amount of pages available.
The text is interesting without being too technical and this easily
keeps the readers interest. The good quality images add further worth to
this publication and enthusiasts will enjoy its relaxed style.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
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