The latest issue of Windsock Worldwide presents another varied selection of reference material and modelling articles for WW1 enthusiasts.
Myth-Busting The Eindekkers, by Josef Scott, examines many of the misconceptions that still surround the famous Fokker monoplane series. The 5-page article covers the Fokker A.1, A.II, E.1, E.II, E.III and E.IV in impressive detail, taking commonly accepted myths about each variant and presenting the known facts to counter them. Backing up the text are a number of very useful photographs that illustrate the points covered, along with a diagram to illustrate machine guns mounted as described by Oswald Boelcke, in contradiction to what is visible in a photo of his E.IV 123/15.
In fact this is something of a "sneak preview" of an an even more comprehensive Fokker Eindekker Compendium to be published this summer, so a real treat clearly lies in store.
Lance Krieg continues his encyclopedic Modelling Master Class, and in Chapter Six turns his attention to major assembly. While the focus is obviously on WW1 models, the techniques discussed will be of great value to modellers of all early aviation subjects. This is just the start of another multi-part topic, and begins with an overview of the various types of major airframe joints encountered, and considers how they are best tackled in model form in both mainstream and short-run kits, along with scratchbuilt models, covering both materials and adhesives.
As usual, the article is packed with photos of master modellers' work, and this time also includes diagrams for an assembly jig, along with shots of it in use. Finally, Lance illustrates something very basic which I've surprisingly never seen tackled before in such a clear and straightforward manner - the effects of different hobby adhesives on bare styrene, showing the initial damage, along with the results of trying to wipe them off before they are dry.
Rara Avis once again delves into the files of Ian Stair and George Haddow to bring us scale drawings and a brief history of lesser known WW1 aircraft. This time it's the Hanriot HD.3.C2, a compact and attractive machine that was accepted as France's standard twin-seater in late Summer 1918, but arrived just too late to take part in the conflict. Along with 1:72 and 1:48 plans, there are a number of useful photos that would provide the basis of a very interesting scratch-building project.
Talking of which, scratch-built models don't come much larger than Ian-Turner White's 2:3 scale Hanriot HD.1 - subject of this issue's Flying Scale News. The author gives a full description of this mammoth undertaking, accompanied by shots of the beautiful model in action at last year's Big Model Association rally at the RAF Museum, Cosford.
Moving back up to full-size, From The World's WW1 Workshops presents a 3-page colour walkaround by James Fahey of Vintage Aviator Ltd.'s meticulous new Fokker D.VIII reproduction. Detailed shots, inside and out, give plenty of reference material for anyone building a model of the "Flying Razor".
Logbook Entries and Kitbag as usual cast a keen eye on what is new among WW1 books, magazines, and kits. Among the latter are Roden's new 1:32 Nieuport 24, 1:48 de Havilland DH4w / RAF 3a and 1:72 Nieuport 27, Aeroclub's revised 1:48 Sopwith Pup, new 1:72 Kondor fighters from Choroszy Modelbud and, completing the list, another Nieuport in the shape of Azur's 1:72 D.29.
Windsock Worldwide continues to hold a unique position among modelling magazines with its specialist focus of WW1 aviation, providing a premier source of reference material combined with expert modelling articles. Highl;y recommended for all early aviation enthusiasts.
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Highs: Specialist coverage of WW1 subjects that simply isn't available in general-interest modelling magazines.Lows:Verdict: Windsock Worldwide presents an unmatched combination of reference material and modelling articles for early aviation enthusiasts.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
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...