Book Review
Guide To Wingnut Wings Vol. 1
Air Modeller's Guide To Wingnuts Wings - Volume 1
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Perhaps the most remarkable phenomenon in modelling in recent years has been the explosion of interest in WW1-era aircraft following the arrival of Wingnut Wings kits. These 1:32 beauties have inspired a whole new generation of modellers to try their hand at early aviation subjects, previously very much the preserve of a dedicated few. So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that even a nominally AFV publication should publish a Air Modeller's Wingnut Wings Special.

The 112 page softbound book covers seven top quality builds by a selection of modellers from around the world. The results are truly spectacular - made all the more so by the fact that not all the contributors are WW1 specialists - one even going so far as to say he's "never been a big fan of First World War aviation!". Notwithstanding the fact that it's his first sortie into the field, his build is jaw-droppingly good.

Each build is treated to a highly detailed step-by-step breakdown, accompanied by well-written and informative captions, profusely illustrated with excellent colour photographs.

Part of the beauty of each article being by a different author is the sheer variety of building and finishing techniques they bring to the table. For instance, you'll find a number of totally different ways of achieving a wood finish discussed, from oils to decals and pencils, all yielding impressive results and worth experimenting with.

The subjects covered are:

Hansa Brandenburg - Daniel Zamarbide Suarez
SE.5 - Richard Camoin
Roland D.IVa - Emmanuel Pernes
RE.8 - Jose Maria Martinez Fernandez
Albatros D.Va - David Parker
Sopwith Pup - John Korellis
Gotha G.IV - David Parker

Following the main build articles are two chapters of "Hints & Tips". The first covers rigging, the second dealing with wood-grain finishes. Both illustrate a variety of techniques, allowing you to experiment with what works best for you, and include a useful guide to some of available accessories such as turnbuckles and wood-grain decals.

The layout of the book is excellent. I really like the very clean and modern design, which showcases the builds in an attractive and uncluttered style that leads the reader through the construction sequence in an easy-to-follow way.

Air Modeller's guide to Wingnut Wings is excellent. With seven different builds in so many styles, there is simply masses of inspiration here in a book that doubles as something of a generic early aviation modelling guide. Many of the techniques shown will be applicable far beyond the specific WNW subjects included, and of course will translate to other scales and eras too. If you're not already a Wingnut Wings fan, the chances are you will be after reading Air Modeller's book! Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
Highs: Inspirational builds of some of WNW's popular models. Profusely illustrated in step-by-step format.
Lows: None that I noticed.
Verdict: Seven detailed builds by top modellers - each with their own distinctive style - adds up to a great grounding for tackling both WNW kits themselves and other early aviation subjects.
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  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: 9780955541339
  Suggested Retail: £19.50
  PUBLISHED: Jul 28, 2013

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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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Thanks for posting Merlin! I got this book in the mail last week. Like Merlin says, some very impressive builds by really top notch builders, and lots of good tips on how to do things. – Very inspiring for both beginners and more seasoned builders. My only critique of the book would be that there is not a lot of historical background information on the actual planes they are depicting (with some exceptions). This would add a bit of depth in my opinion. Mikael
JUL 28, 2013 - 10:07 PM

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