The latest Datafile from Albatros Productions covers the Fokker C.1, a two-seater development of the famous D.VII. It seems that Anthony Fokker went ahead and constructed an initial batch of C.1 airframes before the type was officially accepted, but in the event the aircraft was deemed too light for service (an opinion echoed later in America) and never saw action in WW1.
Instead, after the Armistice, over a hundred C.1 airframes in various states of completion were "smuggled" out of Germany to the Netherlands where the aircraft began a long and varied career, some surviving around the world until the outbreak of WW2.
Datafile #140 follows the successful format of the series - a softbound A4 book with 97 pages containing a mix of period photos, constructor's drawings, and new scale plans and colour artwork.
Australian author Colin Owers describes the development and career of the C.1, with a short section devoted to each of the aircraft's international operators. The photo coverage is excellent - over 90 photos are included, many published here for the first time. There's yet to be a mainstream kit of the Fokker C.1, and as far as I know the only short-run kit is Omega's 1:72 resin version. Looking at the fine scale plans by Martin Digmayer and the official factory plans reproduced here, this would make an ideal subject for a larger scale scratch-building project. Of particular interest to modellers will be a series of shots of a fuselage stripped down for repair that reveal the structure and positions of internal components.
There's certainly no shortage of variety to inspire anyone looking for an unusual subject - as well as the obvious military versions, there are engine variations, civilian passenger aircraft, an incredible contra-rotating propeller testbed and even a float-plane.
Rounding everything up is a trio of beautiful colour profiles by Jerry Boucher. My only regret is that more aren't included to illustrate some of the other machines in the photos.
Datafile #140 does an excellent job of shining new light on an aircraft that's been largely overlooked in modelling terms until now. Something tells me that could well change as a result of this publication, either with a rash scratch-building projects or short-run producers looking at the Fokker C.1 with a fresh eye to the possibilities... Recommended.
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Highs: Concise and detailed text accompanied by 90+ photos, scale drawings and colour artwork.Lows:Verdict: Excellent coverage of the Fokker C.1 with a wealth of previously unpublished material.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...