Published on
August 10, 2016
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Ray Rimell, Editor
Other Publication Information
Softbound, A4 [8.27” x 11.69:], 32 pages
MSRP
$15.00
Product / Stock #
WindSock Volume 32, Number 2

The Summer 2016 edition of Windsock World War Centenary is the second edition of Volume 32. This edition has a decidedly Sopwith Camel bent, perhaps due to the release of the 1/24 Merit Camel and in anticipation of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Camel. The cover subject is a recently restored F.1 Camel in the markings of B5663 as flown by FSL RA Blyth that is owned and operated by TVAL of New Zealand. The Great War Paint series chimes in with photos from the Harry Woodman collection along with some twenty-six color side views and four top or bottom views by arvo@arvoart.com. Topping the Camel feature off is a color walk-around by James Fahey of the TVAL Camel on the cover with thirty-five detailed photos.

The fourth in a series by the late Harry Woodman focuses on an unpublished update to his rare Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card that is a must have. This “Practical Modeling” feature provides updates to the original and is supplemented with plenty of archival material and color photos. David Byers provides color and period photos of the Western Electric 1-A Flight Helmet, the first helmet to be designed around radio communication.

The (second) centerfold covers the late version of the RAF BE2a, capably drawn in 1/48 by Mick Davis. William Kerka contributes 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings of the rare Schutte-Lanz D.Iva 1918 prototype along with two black and white photographs of the airframe awaiting an engine.

Of course all the usual suspects also are here with reviews of on-topic books, DVDs, journals, kits, accessories, and last, but not least, six new figures. The “Our Reader’s Gallery” features excellent builds of a Hobbycraft 1/32 Nieuport 27, a Revell 1/28 SPAD XI, and a Wingnut Wings LVG C.VI.

Chapters include:

  • Frontline News
  • Logbook Entries (Book / Journal Reviews) [Page 01]
  • Our Reader’s Gallery
  • Practical Modelling… Modeling Vintage Aircraft in Plastic Card Part 4 (Harry Woodman) [Page 09]
  • Rara Avis: Schutte-Lanz D.Iva 1918 Prototype [Page 13]
  • RAF BE2a Late Version 1/48 Plans – Mick Davis
  • Great War Paint No. 17 (Part 1) Sopwith Camel (arvo@arvoart.com) [Page 18]
  • Candid Camel Close-Ups! [Page 21]
  • Helmets, Hats & Headgear: The Western Electric 1-A Helmet (David A Byers) [Page 24]
  • Figuratively Speaking (Kit Reviews) [Page 27]

This publication is highly recommended to WWI aircraft model builders and those with an interest in WWI aviation history. The publication contains excellent color images of real aircraft and advertisements that provide one with the compass to find aftermarket goodies.

My thanks to Albatros Productions Ltd. and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book.

Highly recommended!

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