S u m m a r y
|Publisher and Title:
||Model Centrum PROGRES Albatros
||Soft cover, 56 pages, A4 format
USD$32.46 from Squadron Mail Order.
||Clear colour photos, informative
captions, superb detail coverage.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Centrum's "Albatros B.II" is available online from Squadron.com
The Albatros BII series was one of the main workhorses of the German Air
Service. It was produced throughout the war years and eventually had
seven manufacturers producing her. Taking over from the three bay B.I,
the B.II proved to be a reliable and well-liked reconnaissance aircraft.
The type was also used for training purposes and most of the pilots of
the day would have had some experience in these machines.
This is the first title in the Aero Photo Gallery series and what a
great introduction it is.
Taking advantage of preserved aircraft in the Polish Aviation Museum,
and Swedish Air Force Museum, the publishers have produced a book to
help the enthusiast and modeller alike understand their subject a lot
No intact examples exist of the wartime B.II/B.IIa but fortunately a
couple of licence-built post war machines survive and these form the
basis of the publication.
There are 56 jam-packed pages in this soft cover A4 sized monograph. The
book starts with the 1919 built machine restored as Alb. B.IIa (Li)
1302/17 “AdA”. Note that this restoration has had the wrong year applied
for “ADA”, i.e. 1302/15.
One hundred and six colour photographs are devoted to this aircraft,
showing close-ups of everything the modeller could desire. Strut
attachments, cable pulleys, header tank pipes, cockpit, shock absorber
cord…nothing escapes the photographer. While being sharp and clear, the
photos are accompanied by some excellent, informative captions. This
includes pointing out any subtle differences between the featured
example and it’s wartime counterpart.
A second chapter covers the Swedish SK. 1 trainer that was copied form
the German Albatros B.II. This particular aircraft was built in December
Another 70 colour close-ups are presented of this machine and again we
are treated to the usual enlightening captions.
The book also contains a set of drawings for an Albatros B.II built by
Linke-Hoffman Werke, Breslau. This Mercedes D.I equipped machine is
produced in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales.
The Polish Aviation Museum contains one of these engines that has been
restored to running condition. A couple of photos of this motor are
included as well.
A final chapter provides a history of the Albatros B.II and includes 29
black and white contemporary photographs. These are printed mostly two
per page with the occasional one being “full” size. One of the latter
being the fascinating shot of the Zeppelin shed at Poznań-Winiary,
housing no less than 47 of these airframes amongst the other types
Four colour profiles complete the book, these being to the same high
standard as the rest of the publication.
The author has done an admirable job in presenting so
much information in a book of this size. The detail shots of the museum
aircraft are a modellers dream and the rest is just icing on the cake.
Modellers should note that due to the many licenced manufacturers
producing these machines, there were many differences to be found
Thus study your prospective subject carefully.
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 18 May, 2005
Last updated 17 May, 2005
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