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|Publisher and Title:
||Hansa Brandenburg D.I by Harry
Windsock Datafile 118 Albatros Productions Ltd
||Soft cover, A4 format
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Excellent format, well chosen
photographs, detailed general arrangement drawings, informative
||Lack of drawings for Series 65
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Aircraft of the Austro-Hungarian air service are not as
well documented as their German counterparts.
So when a book is published on such a topic, one takes notice. When it
is also authored by Harry Woodman, one is compelled to investigate
further. Anyone that knows the author’s previous work will recognise the
care with which he tackles his subjects.
1916 the Luftfahrtruppe urgently needed better aircraft to counter the
increasing number of Italian Nieuport 10 and 11 types. Not able to get
the required fighters from other sources, the burden fell on the local
aircraft industry. Thus the Hansa Brandenburg D.I entered service.
The “starstrutter”, as it came to be known, was quite
unconventional in the layout of its interplane struts. The idea was to
add strength while at the same time reducing drag by eliminating the
customary bracing wires.
Although not a success, the design did achieve some victories thanks to
the courage of its pilots.
This 32 page “Datafile” follows the accomplished formula of previous
publications in the series. A history of the aircraft leads the reader
into a collection of over sixty contemporary black and white
photographs. These are well chosen for their detail, historical
significance and visual interest.
The captions compliment the text extremely well. The information offered
does not repeat the text, nor does it merely state what is obvious to
the viewer. Instead it adds to the reader’s understanding of the
The author presents information on both the Brandenburg-built and Phönix-built
D.Is and does it in a logical manner. Technical specifications allow an
easy comparison between the two types and the reader never feels bogged
down by described details.
Martin Digmayer makes a welcome contribution with a detailed set of
general arrangement drawings in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. These are very
well done with extra views demonstrating both early and late
Strangely there is a lack of Series 65 aircraft depicted in the
elevations. For the sake of completeness, this is quite a serious
omission. Those wanting these views could delve back in time to Harry
Woodman’s own renditions in his “Aeroplanatomy” article on the H-B D.1,
which appeared in the August 1974 edition of Scale Models magazine.
Fortunately more recent sources can be found for these.
Colours and markings are not forgotten though and Ray Rimell contributes
with some excellent artwork. Three profiles are presented with colourful
Phönix-built examples from Flik 41J, and Flik 42J.
This is another worthy addition to the Albatros
Productions Datafile series.
Harry Woodman has done a very good job on this monograph and corrects
some of the misprints that have crept into other publications.
His thorough understanding of the subject is conveyed in
the straightforward text and it’s refreshing to see his artwork gracing
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Rob Baumgartner
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