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Windsock Datafile 138

LVG C.VI at War

by Ray Rimell

 

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title: Windsock Datafile #138 - LVG C.VI at War
Media: Soft cover, A4 format magazine
Price: 10.85 available online from Albatros Productions' website
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Nearly 70 period photographs and another 68 colour close-ups; 7 stunning aircraft profiles; detailed 1:72 and 1:48 scale drawings with additional 1:32 scale scrap views; easy to read narrative; extensive discussion of colours and markings.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: This is not a reprint of the earlier Datafile on the LVG C.VI. It’s a completely revised package that combines new information with an updated format. The quality of the images and enlightening text will capture the readers’ interest and result in a better understanding of this popular two-seater.


Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner



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FirstRead

 

This last Datafile for 2009 sees a slight change in format…but it is for the better.

The LVG C.VI had its first outing 20 years ago when Peter Grosz authored #17 in the series. Now, more than 120 issues later, Ray Rimell takes the reins and presents a new look at this popular aircraft.

A lot of fresh information can be found within the 36 pages. The soft card covers have been given a facelift as they now find themselves graced with the superb artwork of Ronny Bar. He contributes 7 colour profiles as well as upper and lower views where necessary. Jerry Boucher also impresses with his wonderful cover.

Comparison with this subject’s earlier monograph is inevitable. Over 70 archive photographs are reproduced and the author has been careful to keep repetition down to a minimum. If a better print has become available or an oft seen image best illustrates a specific feature, then naturally it has been included.

Colour close-ups are a big feature of this updated edition and these come courtesy of the Memorial Flight Association. In tandem with the restoration of an original C.VI, they are also building a 100% true reproduction of this much admired two-seater. Thus the images provide tantalizing views of the fuselage, cockpit, gunner’s position, wings, radiator, tailplane, engine and much more.

There are over 6 pages of detailed scale drawings which cover both 1:72 and 1:48 scales. These have been done by Marty Digmayer and he also includes some scrap views in 1:32 scale…perfect for the Wingnut Wings release.

The author does an excellent job of taking the reader through the history of this aircraft. His narrative is easy to read and the expansive colours and markings section will be appreciated by all aficionados. This is complimented by the extensive footnotes, as well as tables listing production orders, serial numbers, and a front-line inventory.

The result is a fine companion to the earlier publication on this subject. With a lot of new material presented it’s the ideal reference sources for both modellers and enthusiasts alike.

Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample


Review Copyright 2010 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 3 February, 2010
Last updated 4 February, 2010

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