Fine trib­ute to Dan­ish plane­mak­ers you’ve prob­a­bly never heard of

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The Dan­ish Aero­plane — Fiery en­thu­si­asts of the air in­dus­try, DVD & book­let set dis­trib­uted by www.poly­­ish_ aero­plane 125kr

bi-lin­gually nar­rated, in English and Dan­ish, this new film has an in­ter­est­ing story be­hind it. “It was made by Peter Zeuthen, who is the youngest son of Carl Gus­tav Zeuthen, the de­signer of the air­craft,” the KZ & Veter­an­fly Klubben’s Bent Es­bensen tells me. “Peter is a pro­fes­sional film maker and he and his col­league An­ders have made a fas­ci­nat­ing story on the birth, suc­cess and sub­se­quent demise of a Dan­ish air­craft in­dus­try. Not only is it the story of air­craft, but much more than this, it is the story of two men over­com­ing tremen­dous chal­lenges in or­der to see their dreams of an in­dus­trial ad­ven­ture come true. As ad­di­tional fea­tures the DVD con­tains air-to-air footage of all the air­wor­thy KZ types based at the Dan­marks Fly­mu­seum at Stauning Air­port.”

I can only en­dorse Bent’s de­scrip­tion of the DVD, which is beau­ti­fully pre­sented and ar­rived in an en­ve­lope em­bla­zoned with fine draw­ings of KZ types (I am not throw­ing that away!)

The con­tent and qual­ity of the video are as pro­fes­sional as the pack­ag­ing: this is an un­usu­ally good spe­cial­ist pro­duc­tion — in fact, one of the best I have seen. It is gen­uinely of ‘broad­cast qual­ity’ and makes fas­ci­nat­ing view­ing. The story of Viggo Kramme and Karl Gus­tav Zeuthen’s KZ com­pany and air­craft is told in just the right level of de­tail, although I was still left won­der­ing ex­actly what it was about the ill-fated (it lost out to the PA-18 Super Cub) KZ X’s tailplane that Zeuthen felt needed re­design­ing. While the English voice-over is per­fect (don’t let the odd ‘fiery en­thu­si­asts’ - they mean pas­sion­ate - strapline mis­lead you) it is great that the pro­duc­ers let the air­craft speak for them­selves in the sec­tions de­voted to each model - watch­ing the air­craft per­form to­day with noth­ing but the en­gine noise and non­in­tru­sive and to­tally ap­pro­pri­ate back­ing mu­sic was a plea­sure. This DVD is a shoe-in for the best avi­a­tion video of the year.

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