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Windsock Worldwide

Vol.25 No.4


S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title: Windsock Vol.25, No.4 - July August 2009
Media: Soft cover, A4 format magazine
Price: 6.75 available online from Albatros Productions' website
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Knowledgeable contributors; variety of subject matter; 1:48 and 1:72 scale plans included; excellent artwork.
Conclusion: An interesting and varied publication that devotes itself to modellers and aficionados of early aviation.

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner

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Windsock Worldwide is a magazine that caters especially for WWI model aircraft enthusiasts.
 It’s published 6 times per year and the latest to hit our doorstep is Vol.25, No.4.

In it George Haddow continues his guide to WWI Austro-Hungarian Naval aeroplanes and this time he looks at the land-based fighters. This is part 19 of the series and it covers both the Fokker and Pfalz monoplanes. The author supplies his own 1:72 scale general arrangement drawings and Bob Pearson provides the 3 colour profiles.

Another large scale kit has recently hit the streets and this time it comes from Roden. Their DH2 features in an extended review which is complemented by additional drawings for the nacelle. These will come in handy for the detailer, as will the accompanying photos.

One of the more unusual aircraft was the Pemberton – Billing PB.25.

Colin Owers describes this machine in “Rara Avis” and contributes an extraordinary range of photographs as well as a set of 1:72 scale plans.

Alan D Toelle drops a bombshell when he discusses the enigmatic undersurface colours of WWI French aeroplanes. The commentary is backed by a series of colour images and as usual with Alan’s writings, it is very enlightening.

“Modelling Master Class” is back with a vengeance as Lance Krieg takes a look at engines. He guides the reader through various detailing techniques and covers both inline and rotary engines. A plethora of photographs compliments the article and there’s more to come next issue.

The full colour layout of the magazine remains and its A4 format means that photos can be reproduced to full advantage. The RAF Museum’s new FE2b is testimony to this as shown on the front and rear covers.

All this is topped up with an assortment of reviews that cover books, decals, kits and accessories.

Once again there is something for everyone in this entertaining periodical and is an essential read for all WWI aircraft enthusiasts.

Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample

Review Copyright 2009 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 9 July, 2009
Last updated 2 September, 2009

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