Windsock Worldwide Magazine V28 N3 – May/June 2012

Published: September 7th, 2012     
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel - IPMS# 1096
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 36 pages, aircraft articles, book/magazine reviews, kit reviews
Price: $11.99
Product / Stock #: Volume 28, Number 3
Product provided by: Windsock Datafiles

This bimonthly magazine is a must for modelers (and aviation enthusiasts) interested in World War One aircraft. The magazine is published by Albatros Productions Ltd. in the UK, who also publish the great line of Windsock Datafiles and Specials.

The headline article in this issue covers an overview of various reproductions of actual World War One Aircraft. These include the OEF D.III, built in Austria, and the RAF RE8, the Albatros D.Va, the Fokker E.V, the RAF FE2b, and the Sopwith Pup, all built in New Zealand. Lots of great color photos of the aircraft are shown, including some valuable detail shots.

The next major article covers the scratchbuild of a 1/72 scale model of the Dornier RS.III Giant Flying Boat. This is a big, complex model with lots of rigging and struts, but the article does a great job of explaining how everything was done.

Also included is chapter seven, part 1, of the Modelling Master Class. This session covers Armament. A fantastic amount of detail is shown. Most of the major WW I guns are shown, along with some information about bombs and bomb racks. Very clear perspective drawings are included, and some of the brass guns are amazing.

The usual three-view drawing feature covers the Hanriot HD.9.Ap.1. This was a late-war fighter design that was based on the two-seat HD.3. As usual, several photos of the actual aircraft are included, along with 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings.

The magazine then presents the usual photos from readers, along with reviews of the latest releases of decals, kits, books, etc. related to WW I modeling. I was particularly impressed with some of the decal reviews. It included some new sheets from Pheon Models (I am really impressed with the work that goes into each of the new Pheon sheets) and some new lozenge decals from various manufacturers. Some of these may now take the place of the lamented Americal/Gryphon sheets.

All in all, this is another great issue from Windsock. It is well recommended for modelers and aviation enthusiasts interested in the Great War timeframe. A big thank you to Albatros and to IPMS for allowing me to review this great issue.

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