Book Review
Windsock Worldwide
Volume 27, No. 6 - November/December 2011
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Published to coincide with the new batch of Wingnut Wings releases, the latest issue of Windsock Worldwide is billed as a "special collectors' edition" with full reviews of the FE2bs and Rumplers - and makes for essential reading for anyone tackling the new Fee.

WW1 master-modeller Ray Rimell presents a 14-page build article on the FE2b "early" kit, with a detailed step-by-step guide backed up by around 80 colour photos, period reference shots, line drawings and illustrations from the original 1917 parts schedule. Along with highlighting potential pitfalls in construction, Ray shows how to improve upon this already superb kit. I thoroughly recommend reading this article before starting work on the model.

Turning elsewhere, Lance Krieg continues his Modelling Master Class with the final part of his comprehensive guide to Struts and Rigging. This time he looks at representing tunbuckles and rigging materials, illustrating points with shots of the work of acknowledged masters in this field of modelling. As ever, there are sure to be new techniques for many of us to try - or at least take inspiration from, because it will take considerable practice and skill to match the most advanced results shown.

Part 3 of Great War Paint covers the early/late Spad XIII. Aviation artist Arvo Vercamer presents another superb set of full-colour profiles. Some of the schemes shown are truly spectacular, and if you're looking to try something a little different from the normal crop of period air forces, how about Uraguayan or Siamese markings for something to stand out in any Spad collection?

While Geoge Haddow is best remembered as an author and draughtsman, many of us will be unaware of his exceptional talent as a modeller. So an article this month by Harry Woodman and Norman Witcomb is a timely reminder of the work of his superb 1:72 scratchbuilt models built in the 1960s - a period when the modern explosion of accurate short-run kits of obscure WW1 aircraft could hardly have been dreamed of, and few of the modern materials which we take for granted were available to scratchbuilders. Ray Rimell is currently restoring a number of George's models, constructed largely from fibreboard, hardwood and micro-soldered metal (no photo-etching was available back then!), with rigging made from the wire used in light-bulb elements!

Kitbag includes a bumper crop of reviews of recent releases, including:
1:32 FE2b "Early" and "Late" from Wingnut Wings
1:32 Rumpler C.IV "Early" and "Late" from Wingnut Wings
1:48 Spad XIII "Early" from Eduard
1:48 Sopwith Comic conversion from Freightdog
1:32 Etched details and Woodgrain decals from HGW - a round-up of around 20 separate releases!

Windsock Worldwide continues hold a unique position in the market, providing the type of comprehensive coverage of early aviation subjects that only a specialist dedicated publication can hope to include. Highly recommended to modellers and enthusiasts alike.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.

Highs: High quality articles, reviews and reference material by experts in the field of WW1 modelling.
Verdict: Windsock Worldwide provides detailed specialist Early Aviation coverage that is unique in modelling magazines.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Vol. 26, No. 6
  Suggested Retail: 8.00
  PUBLISHED: Jan 11, 2012

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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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I was just asking about this. Looks good to me.
JAN 11, 2012 - 12:37 AM
Has anyone on subscription recieved this issue yet? Mine is usually somewhat late however I'm starting to get concerned. "Canada Past", er that is "Post" has lost more then one on me over the past several years; would appreciate knowing that someone in the system needed it more then I if that's the case! Thanks & Cheers, Lance
JAN 21, 2012 - 09:45 AM
Thanks and disregard...........I got it; apparently temporarily "mis-routed/mis-located" in the mail! Cheers, Lance
JAN 22, 2012 - 02:36 PM
Good Review. I am going to have to pop for this one. Thanks Mark
JAN 23, 2012 - 12:03 AM

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