by Paolo Varriale
Windsock Datafile 150
S u m m a r y
|Publisher and Title:
||Windsock Datafile 150 - Phönix C.I by Paolo Varriale
||Soft cover, A4 format
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Contains previously unpublished photos; superb artwork, entertaining narrative, excellent selection of photographs, 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings.
||A publication for modellers and enthusiasts alike. It contains all the information needed to allow the reader to get a thorough grounding of an often overlooked Austro-Hungarian two-seater.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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The Phönix C.I was not one of the aesthetically pleasing two-seaters being used by the KuK. Fortunately looks aren’t everything and this late war machine gained a reputation for speed and reliability. In fact, at the high altitudes in which these airmen operated, it could even out run a Sopwith Camel.
Datafile 150 is devoted to this highly respected reconnaissance aircraft and the collation of information has been left in the capable hands of Paolo Varriale. The development and history of these machines is ably described by the author and his narrative also includes the aircrafts’ post-war use.
The story of this plane is related in a pleasant, easy to read manner. The text is interesting and informative and yet doesn’t fall into the trap of being overly technical.
There are over 90 period black and white images, many of which will be new to the reader. Their reproduction is excellent and the large format of the publication contributes to the quality of printing. As well as the conventional full airframe images, there are a few tantalizing detail shots of the cockpit, bomb rack, and even the Jaray airscrew factory decal (in colour).
The informative captions add to the narrative rather than just repeat what’s in the text.
Marty Digmayer supplies the scale drawings and they are found in the popular scales of 1/72 and 1/48. These cover 6 pages and illustrate both the early and late configurations from the manufacturers.
Naturally there is a “Colours and Markings” section which is complimented by the competent artwork of Ronny Bar. He contributes 3 interesting profiles, all depicting different variants of the basic airframe.
The appendices round out the publication with lists of production figures and specifications for the various aircraft produced.
Once again, this series delivers as the ideal reference source for anyone interested in the fascinating world of World War One aviation.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2012 by Rob Baumgartner
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