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Pfalz D. IIIa at War.
By Greg Van Wynharden
Volume one
Centenary datafile 173

 

Available at http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/

 

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Its really great to see a deep study about Pfalz D.IIIa at war time.

 

With 32 pages on gloss paper of which at first glance has the typical structure and winner receipt of the previous datafiles.

 

On the cover we have a Robert Karr painting showing two Pfalz intitled “Silver Eagles over Flandres.” I really like the snake-decorated Pfalz D. IIIa 5918/17

 

In the opening, as usual, 3 fantastic profiles unique and unmistakable Ronny Bar.

 

 

With a structure identical to the previous Datafiles, the reader is offered a summary of the history of this plane with clear photos of war time and all the duty that Pfalz D.IIIa did have along the war time but it’s a two volumes series so not all is here.

 

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The chapter of history Pfalz is quite rich in information especially in the appearance of the Pfalz in the course of accumulated experience to build for other builders and evolution for D. IIIa.

 

 

It has a subchapter dedicated D. IIIa with their involvement and progress in the course of the war with very good information about planes and the thoughts of pilots about the Pfalz D.IIIa.

 

Then the book moves to the history specifies the Pfalz D.IIIa in their various squads.

 

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The Pfalz D.IIIa history squadrons on this volume are “The Bavarians”, “Jagdstaffel 30”, “Jasta 47W”, “Jasta 61” with observation of the pilots is quite interesting and recitals between D. III and D. IIIa and real history missions, events, historical curiosities.

 

 

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The approximately eighty some never before seen photos are fabulous ... just so worth it. Some are a full page with a clarity and quality simply amazing.

 

The plans are 1:72 and 1:48 and they are of great quality with details of the differences between early and late center-section struts and Niendorf and Axial propeller. Not 1:32 but nothing that the increase in the copier does not solve it.

 

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And then, at the end the chapter “key to colour plates”, with several thoughts and information about several Pfalz and their colours.

 

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At the end… 8 more fantastic profiles from Ronny Bar.

 

 

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            Conclusion:

 

A fantastic book for historians and for modeler, with great pics with amazing quality and very inspirational.

Even with only 32 pages, it’s a really must have to those who have a WnW Pfalz D.IIIa on their stash.

 

Worth every penny.

           

Very Highly recommend.

My sincere thanks to Ray Rimmel and Windsock for the opportunity and the review sample.

 

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