by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
forwardI like reading. The subjects in our chosen genre fascinate me. I find that development of a specific airframe’s characteristics proceed down paths that sometime take unexpected turns. The Siemens-Schuckert Werke development airframes and its subsidiary Siemens-Halske developed and license built motors for those airframes. This made for truly unusual cooperation of its day. The Siemens Company can be found to not only to have survived those days of WWI but also seems to thrive today in the manufacture of power and electronic devices. Today it is a German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company headquartered in Berlin and Munich. It is Europe’s largest engineering company and maker of medical diagnostics equipment and its medical health-care division, which generates about 12 percent of the company's total sales, is its second-most profitable unit behind the industrial automation division.
about the bookFrom the company's first design based on a Wright Flyer to “B”, “E”, “R”, “L”, “D”, “DD” & “Dr” types, this book takes one through the historical footsteps of its aviation growth. Even the rare “L” type is discussed. To say that it is a thorough work on their aircraft production hits the nail on the head and drives it home. Understandably, the single seat fighter production series takes up about 2/3 of the pages. There are images presented that I have not seen or are better resolution versions than have ever been previously published. High quality images matched with computer driven editing is the key here.
It contains 208 pages of text, 305 photos, 49 color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, shipping logs, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. In addition, eight SSW aircraft types and one guided missile are illustrated in either 1/72 (1 aircraft) or 1/48 (7 aircraft & the missile) scale drawings. The book is 8.5”x11” and is available at $32.44.
The color profiles are very accurate and I only found one that had some colors misplaced in the review sample. The star / comet on D.8349/17, has the positions of the blue & white colors reversed. I have been told that this will be corrected in the next update.
ConclusionThis topic will be an interest to aviation students, historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike. It is a serious and comprehensive study on Siemens-Schuckert aircraft of WWI. I highly recommend it to all students of aviation history.
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