Kagero Famous Airplanes #10 Albatross D.III/D.V

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History of the Fokker D.VII

The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. A modified licence model was built by Oeffag for the Austro-Hungarian Air Service (Luftfahrtruppen). The D.III was flown by many top German aces, including Wilhelm Frankl, Erich Löwenhardt, Manfred von Richthofen, Karl Emil Schäfer, Ernst Udet, and Kurt Wolff, and Austro-Hungarian ones, like Godwin von Brumowski. It was the preeminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft built by the Albatros Flugzeugwerke and used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in April 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.

The contents list to this book shows 4 parts, but I could actually describe it in more parts.

  • p4 History & Development
  • p15 Albatorss D.III Construction
  • p19 Albatross in combat
  • p21 In the Polish Air Force
  • p25 COlours & Designation
  • p32 Build #1 of Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.III
  • p44 Build #2 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.V
  • p66 Build #3 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.Va
  • p82 Colour Profiles

From the publisher’s website:

  • Albatros D.III/D.V Aces’ fighter
  • Tomasz J. Kowalski, Wojciech Fajga, Vitor Costa, Damian Majsak
  • ISBN: 978-83-65437-95-2
  • A4 format
  • pages 92
  • 54 archival photos
  • about 180 colorful photos
  • 2 sheets of archival drawings
  • 11 color profiles

The Albatros D.III, often called „De-drei”, is a neat single-seat biplane fighter armed with two guns firing through the propeller. It goes up like a balloon and at full throttle it reaches 170 kilometers per hour.

This book is a perfect book for a modeler. There are 3 complete in-depth build articles written in English and Polish with a lot more info than you would find in a modeling magazine or online article. The articles are well written and in depth with very good photographs. On top of that, you get a pretty complete history of the aircraft including details of how it was constructed and the colours used on the production line. Then it’s finally wrapped up with some colour profiles. The only downside is that the English translation is a little odd in places throughout the book. You can still understand what thjey’re saying but the grammar is someitimes a little odd. Everything you might need to build the Albatros or any other biplane, is here!

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$12.50.

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