Book Review
Austro-Hung. Army a/c of WWI
The wings of the dual monarchy
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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.


Flying Machines Press (is a subsidiary of Paladin Press.)
544 pages
10" x 12"
photos, illust.

Subject History

Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One (2nd issue) is the most comprehensive, detailed and accurate history of these exotic aircraft ever written. Based on more than 20 years of research from 3 well known historians, Their list of acknowledgements cites other spendid fellows of the genre. This has makings of a 1st class research tool and reference. This 544 page reference takes you from the design board of the various companies contracted to build aircraft for the dual monarchy to the operational units in the field. Foreign aircraft and helicopter and autogyro development are also fully covered, and 12 appendices summarize important information on aircraft projects, armament, flying units, projected aircraft deliveries in 1919 and more.

The book is lavishly illustrated with 925 rare photographs and 100 three-view aircraft drawings to standard international modeling scales (1:48 and 1:72). It is the "winner of a prestigious Aviation/Space Writers Association Award of Excellence for nonfiction defense books", Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One is a serious reference for serious research fiends, historians, enthusiasts and modelers.

The most important details of this book's 2nd issue is that all of the typos and glitches from the 1st publication have been dealt with and fixed. But all of the colour profiles and notes have been deleted. This is inline with Pete Grosz' general lifelong attitude about such colour markings issues.

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Highs: Quality publication. Great format, fine artwork and prime sources. Most images are high res 1st - 2nd generation.
Lows: There are a few images that are 3-4 generation. Not really the publication's fault.
Verdict: This book is a handsome and reliable addition to the library of any enthusiast.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 978-1-891268-05-2
  Suggested Retail: $99.95
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 11, 2010

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 ...

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Thanks for the review Stephen . A must for any Austro - Hungarian fan . Does it also cover the Naval aircraft used ?
AUG 11, 2010 - 02:40 AM
Yes, every manufacturer is covered.
AUG 11, 2010 - 02:51 AM
Here is more on the first pressing of this book from Mr. Kirk R. Lowry of Toronto Canada.
AUG 16, 2010 - 05:30 AM
You mention that "all of the colour profiles and notes have been deleted. This is inline with Pete Grosz' general lifelong attitude .." What was his criticism of profiles? I know there are always the questions of accuracy, but for many modelers who don't have the time or resources to do original research, they fill a valuable niche.
AUG 18, 2010 - 12:44 AM
Greetings Matthew, Pete Grosz was more interested in the technical aspects than the colours. His many letters to me and his attitude in general always reflected a lack of interest in colour profiles. The notations in the text specifically refer back to bad iformation that came to Dr. O'Connor through the discredited Mr. Gerrard. Rather than try to fix it he recommended any future reissues of the book be without the artwork. The publisher in this case bowed to his request.
AUG 18, 2010 - 07:25 AM

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