Volume 26, No.5 of Windsock Worldwide is further proof that Albatross Productions churns out some of the best WW I publications to be found anywhere. This issue of Windsock’s bi-monthly magazine delivers a substantial amount of exclusives for WW I aircraft model builders and historians. The cover photos provide a look of two of them: A full size flying replica of a Fokker Dr .1 and the framework of an incredibly detailed 1/16 scale Sopwith Camel.
On the pages inside, the replica Dr.1, built by Swedish pilot Mikael Carlsen, is featured in an article with 16 full-color photos that illustrate the project from fabrication to flight. The Sopwith Camel is just one of many models that are featured in Land Krieg’s ongoing ‘Modelling Master Class’ series…this one focused on airframe structures and how to best reproduce them in all scales. In addition, this issue includes the first published photos of an original Thomas Morse Scout being restored in the UK, four pages of rare sepia-toned period photos of post-WW I Breguets and Nieuports in Siam, a photo report on a replica Sopwith Pup in Australia and 13 detail photos of the Shuttleworth’s flying Sopwith Triplane replica and the RAF Museum’s Oakley-built twin gun original.
In addition to this windfall of photos, this issue includes three beautiful Sopwith Triplane profiles by well-known artist Ronny Bar, an expanded reader’s gallery and a photo report of prize winning WW I models at the 2010 IPMS/USA National Convention contributed by Ed Bols. Also included are reports on the latest Windsock Datafile and two Datafile reprints, reviews of recent publications about WW I aviation subjects, new model kit and accessories reviews and a teaser about an upcoming full build feature of Wingnut Wings upcoming Gotha.
It’s fair to say Editor Ray Rimell has delivered another great issue of what has become a favorite resource for many WW I airplane enthusiasts. Volume 26, No. 5 is one that most will want to add to their library.
This issue of Windsock is highly recommended.
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My thanks go to Albatros Productions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this issue of Windsock Worldwide.