Book Review
Windsock Worldwide May/June
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Albatros Productions are back with the latest issue of their bi-monthly Windsock Magazine, containing its usual healthy diet of news, reviews and feature articles and unique reference material for WW1 modellers.

Regular columns such as Kitbag and Supply Lines provide a high quality look at the latest WW1 kits and accessories, including: Roden's Airco DH.4 w/Puma, Special Hobby's Albatros C.III and a trio of Squadron's Encore reissues.

This month's Modelling Masterclass by Lance Krieg continues his in-depth study of super-detailing vintage cockpits. This time it is virtually an encyclopedia of techniques for producing the various instruments and controls in miniature. As usual in this excellent series, some of the examples shown are quite extraordinary - the work of real master modellers - and while we may not all be able to achieve such results these definitely serve to show what is possible with skill, patience and commonly available materials. Other techniques are much more everyday, such as a neat and simple way to find the internal contours of a fuselage, or drape photo-etched seatbelts realistically. All in all, a well chosen selection to encourage and inspire.

This month's main feature review is a detailed build of Eduard's Dual Combo MÁG D.VII. Ray Rimell's step by step construction guide tackles the kit basically OOB, with a few simple additions and is finished with Xtracrylix. The article provides plenty of useful pointers on how to get the best out of the kit, along with a selection of reference photos of a preserved 225hp Austro-Daimler engine and period shots of the Czech D.VII W.Nr 3867 in a variety of colour schemes. Ronny Bar completes the package with some excellent colour profiles.

Rara Avis is always interesting with its look at unusual and or half-forgotten types. This time it features another subject taken from the files of the late Ian Stair - the Gotha Ursinus UWD twin engined floatplane. This extraordinary looking aircraft apparently made at least one operational sortie, bombing Dover in 1916. The article includes a well chosen selection of original photos and, of course, scale drawings by Ian Stair. Coincidentally, a VLE 1:72 vacuform of the Gotha by French modeller François Portier is among Windsock's readers' photos this month.

There can be few WW1 modellers who are unaware that one of this month's most exciting releases is Eduard's new-tool 1:48 Albatros D.III (OEF). This edition of Windsock has a perfectly timed full colour centre spread with a 4-page photo walkaround of the magnificent reproduction by Koloman Mayrhofer at Hallstatt, along with cockpit views of Koloman's second machine taken in the Army Museum in Vienna. The photography by Toby Young and Knut Hagen is excellent and it's a great primer to get you ready to tackle the Eduard kit.

Peter Plattner is no stranger to readers of Aeroscale, and it's always exciting to see one of our members in print. The cover-article is Peter's stunning Lloyd C.V (WKF) 82.24 which we featured HERE on Aeroscale a little while ago.

Windsock Worldwide's summer edition is another excellent example of this leading WW1 aviation modelling periodical.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
Verdict: Windsock Worldwide is something of a "must" for WW1 aircraft modellers - a bi-monthly treat containing the sort of specialist coverage that just doesn't make the pages general modelling magazines.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Vol. 23, No. 3
  Suggested Retail: £6.90
  PUBLISHED: Jul 22, 2010

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Comments. . .WOW! Questions. . .lots of them. My thanks to Ray Rimell for providing review samples to Rowan. Looks like Peter Plattner's Lloyd on the cover as well! That was featured here as well if memory serves.
JUL 22, 2010 - 04:10 AM
I added a positive response to the review but the counter does not appear to be functioning?
JUL 22, 2010 - 04:21 AM
Come on Stephen, own up - you thought my review was stinker! Tally Ho chaps!... watch out for the bounder with the moustache! Just wing him to start with. (Oops! I've got a bigger moustache than his in my avatar!) But, seriously, this is a classic issue of Windsock. All the best Rowan
JUL 22, 2010 - 10:57 AM
Darn trifocals. . .I really did like the piece..
JUL 23, 2010 - 04:38 AM

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