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Book Review
Pfalz Aircraft of WWI
From Plow Horse to Killing Machine
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

Publisher's History
Paladin Press came into existence in September 1970 when Peder Lund joined Robert K. Brown as a partner in a book-publishing venture previously known as Panther Publications. They changed the name to avoid misidentification with the then-active and highly publicized Black Panther movement. The word “paladin” comes from the knights who served in Charlemagne’s court in eighth-century France. It was with some irony that Brown and Lund named the company after knights dispatched by the king to redress wrongs in the land

Book Contents
"This book offers the most comprehensive coverage of this German fighter series ever published. Every Pfalz design is detailed, from the early two-seaters and prototypes through the classic D.III, D.VIII and D.XII fighters that saw combat on the Western Front. It is filled with more than 320 photos, many of operational aircraft and their markings, that have never before been published. It also includes a lavish, 18-page color section illustrating 62 aircraft, including many that have never before been portrayed in color, as well as excellent five-view scale drawings of 15 Pfalz designs to standard modelers' scales of 1/48 and 1/72."

Flying Machines Press, 2001. (is a subsidiary of Paladin Press.)
184 pages
9" x 12"
Photos & illustrations employed.

I have to be upfront here as my name is in the credits. But the truth is for a reference on all things Pfalz this is the book you want to have in your library. It was a hard manuscript to publish as the story goes. Mid-way through publishing Pete Grosz and artist Alan Durkota (artist) left the project for personal reasons. Unfortunately many photo credits were not included. Both Mr. Herris, Greg VanWyngarden exhanged a few e-mails with me in 2004 and it was easy to see that even then the struggle of the various aspects was not easily set aside. The ultimate deadline demanded that all of this content information be cohesive.

In the end a fine manuscript was born. It is to Paladin Publishing's credit that they continue to offer this great book.

When contacting manufacturers and publishers please mention you saw this review at AEROSCALE
Highs: Comprhensive and as nearly complete if as you will find published to date. (Ten years later.)
Lows: Many photo credits were not included.
Verdict: I purchased this book and have no regrets indoing so.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 1-9811268-15-5
  Suggested Retail: $49.95 USD
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Jan 12, 2011

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

Copyright ©2021 text by Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


Somebody said Pfalz and Terri wasn't the first to comment. How about that?
JAN 12, 2011 - 10:47 AM
Hey now , just got home from work and already you are picking on me ! Another well done review Stephen ! You are very lucky to have this book ....yes I'm more than jealous .
JAN 12, 2011 - 11:47 AM
The great thing is its still available.from Paladin press.
JAN 16, 2011 - 03:26 PM

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