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Albatros B.II

Albatros B.II Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2005 Title Albatros B.II
Author Piotr Mrozowski Publisher Model Centrum Progres
Published 2005 ISBN 83-920254-3-1
Format 56 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $35.95


Here's a new series that will be of interest to WW1 modelers! From Model Centrum Progres of Poland, we have a new series of monographs that will cover WW1 and between-the-wars biplanes. This series is entitled Aero PhotoGallery, LOADED with color photographs as well as historical black & white photos, and is published exclusively in English.

The Albatros B.II was a trainer that was developed near the end of WW1 when strategic materials were in short supply. Like many other trainers developed during WW1, the Albatros B.II would provide flight schools with a stable trainer that would work well into the 1930s.

The author has compiled photo walk arounds of two Albatros trainers that were actually built after WW1. The first example is an aircraft on display at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow, Poland, while the second machine is on display at the Aviation Museum at Linkoping, Sweden. Each aircraft is given a thorough photo walk around, with 176 color photos used in this title.

In addition, the author presents a history of the aircraft that is illustrated with 33 B&W phots and includes 5 pages of 1/72 drawings of the aircraft.

While titles in the Windsock series are useful for modelers and historians, this new series will be especially helpful with a fresh full-color look at the subjects with photo angles that are definitely sought after by modelers!

Note: You'll find the various titles from Model Centrum Progres of Poland listed on Squadron's site as Progressive Publishing.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!