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|Publisher and Title:
||Hansa Brandenburg W.13 by George
Windsock Datafile 119 Albatros Productions Ltd
||Soft cover, A4 format
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Superb artwork, excellent
selection of photographs, 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings and
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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George Haddow is no stranger to Austro-Hungarian flying
boats. It comes as no surprise then that he authored the latest Datafile
to come out of Albatros Productions.
The KuK Kriegsmarine made extensive use of flying boats in World War I.
One of the larger types was the Hansa-Brandenburg W.13
which was a product of Ernst Heinkelís design team at Briest. A number
of different contractors were involved in producing this aesthetically
pleasing aircraft and the type gave a good account of itself in service.
The author relates the story of this plane in a pleasant, easy to read
manner. The narrative is informative and is complimented by the captions
to the photographs.
Speaking of the latter, there are sixty black and white images, most of
which will be new to the reader. As well as the conventional full
airframe images, there are plenty of detail shots also included. These
show specific facets of the engine, cockpit, floats and internal
The writer also supplies his own scale drawings and these are found in
both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. With multiple contractors involved, it is
essential that the detail differences are noted where necessary. This
has been done.
Naturally there is a section on colour schemes and Ronny Bar contributes
with three lovely profiles. All wear a significantly different plumage
so the modeller has plenty to choose from when replicating this aircraft
Robert Karrís stunning piece of cover art adds yet another alternative
to build and rounds out a worthy addition to the Datafile family.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Rob Baumgartner
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