Windsock Datafile 103
By Bruce Robertson
Albatros Productions, LTD 2004
Softbound, 32 Pages
Available from Albatros
Few outside of the realm of World War One researchers have heard of
the AMC DH6, which is a pity considering its unique place in WWI aviation.
Originally designed as a dedicated trainer, the DH6 entered combat operations
hunting submarines in the last year of the war. Before this, trainers
generally were modified operational types or obsolete service types, putting
the DH6 in that interesting position of being the first purpose-built
trainer to become a combat machine.
This title follows the pattern in other Windsock Datafiles, with a well-written
text detailing the AMC DH6. Initial development, construction, and operations
are all covered in depth in the text. Accompanying this are dozens and
dozens of photos covering the entire life of the DH6, including some interesting
shots like a DH6 that ditched and survived on experimental flotation gear.
The center section has the expected scale drawings in both 1/48 and 1/72
scales, with both the 90hp RAF 1a and 90hp Curtiss OX-5 engine options
depicted. The back cover has a trio of color profiles by Ray Rimell demonstrating
the expected drab finish of PC10 and gray found on most DH6s.
While the DH6 may not be on the top of most modelers' wish lists, it
is nice to see Albatros providing books on these lesser-known types. Often
times this is the only reference in print on a type, and I have a feeling
that is the case here. Visit their website
for this and other great titles in the Datafile series.