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Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 27, No. 2 - March/April 2011

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 27, No. 2 - March/April 2011
Reviewed by: Michael Scott - IPMS# 43177

This one is especially interesting to me because of the Wingnut Wings Hansa-Brandenburg W.29s on the cover and since I am in the process of finishing up one of these models. For WWI aviation enthusiasts and modelers, this publication is hard to beat.

Logbook entries review many of the latest WWI publications - magazines and books. This is followed by a big article entitled, "Builda Betta Burga!", which is dedicated to the Wingnut Wings W.29 kit. The editor builds a fine model and takes you through the build in detail, pointing out potential gotcha's and things to be aware of. There is also a page dedicated to the Benz Bz.III engine using contemporary drawings and what seem to be photographs. Nice.

This is followed by a good two-page article, "Aspects of the Hansa Brandenburg W29" by Harry Woodman discussing little known facts about the plane and its combat experiences. Following is a two page spread of scale drawings of the De Havilland DH11 Oxford.

Polish Wings 13 - Spitfire Mk IX 1942-1943 (Part 1)

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
Polish Wings 13 - Spitfire Mk IX 1942-1943 (Part 1)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: Stratus

Stratus Publishing continues its line of "Polish Wings", this time with a book devoted to the Spitfire Mk IX and its pilots during the period 1942-1943.

Among the first polish pilots to fly the Spitfire Mk IX were members of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) which will deliver airplanes from the assembly line to operational squadrons. Among them were at least two female polish pilots, which got to fly the Spitfire Mk IX before the operational polish pilots in the RAF. Apparently that didn't go over well at the time, but I'm glad that the record is kept straight and recognition is given to whom it deserved (in this case, two female pilots).

The book is structured following the squadron and HQ flights of the 1stPolish Wing at Northolt, including 306 Sqn, 315 Sqn, 316 Sqn, 303 Sqn, 302 Sqn and 317 Sqn. Each flight has a short introduction including when they got their Spitfires, but most of the information is provided in the form of descriptive captions to large sized photographs.

H-13H Helicopter 2'n 1

Published: June 21st, 2011     
H-13H Helicopter 2'n 1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/35
Company: Revell, Inc.

One more excellent re- release from Revell; the copyright date is 1994 on this one, and I remember being able to purchase it for about the same price as it is being offered today. Thanks to Revell for providing IPMS USA this review item and the opportunity to build this kit again without collector prices!

This is a basic kit; originally released as a MASH bird, with a co-release of the MASH cast in another kit, targeted for the TV audiences. It is an accurate 1/32 kit of a late H-13; earlier versions had a single flat tank with non-tip weighted main rotor blades... Later ones had more power, twin fuel tanks, and weighted rotors to maintain rotor energy during autorotation. Up front, this is not a simple build.

P-38 Lightning In Action

Published: June 20th, 2011     
P-38 Lightning In Action
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio - IPMS# 45186

I was very impressed by this publication from cover to cover starting with the cover artwork by Don Greer. Though it is published in a Walk Around Series bound book, it follows the In Action format of the airplane's inception through each production version. The Introduction explains how the Curtiss P-36 Hawk pursuit aircraft became the P-38's predecessor. Briefly, the Army Air Corps contracted in early 1937 with Curtiss to convert one P-36 to the new turbo-supercharged, liquid-cooled Allison engine. The redesigned P-36 became the XP-37. The Army Air Corps also issued a contract with Lockheed to design a turbo-supercharged twin engine aircraft in June 1937 and thus the P-38 Lightning was on its way to becoming one of the most popular pursuit aircraft of all World War II.

Windsock Datafile 146: Pfalz D.XII At War

Published: June 20th, 2011     
Windsock Datafile 146:  Pfalz D.XII At War
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

The story

The Pfalz D.XII was the logical development of the line of Pfalz fighters developed for the German Air Service during World War I, and it was tested and entered limited production towards the middle of 1918. The superb Fokker D.VII was already in mass production and widespread service, and the Pfalz product, while close, was not quite up to the Fokker standard in speed and maneuverability, only exceeding the Fokker in maximum diving speed. A clean two bay biplane, entering service when the steel tube fuselage D.VII was in service, the D.XII, while better than the D.III, could not compete effectively with the D.VII, and always remained an "also-ran". It had its weaknesses, including the main landing gear, which had a tendency to collapse during any heavy landing, and its complexity did not endear it to maintenance personnel. In short, pilots preferred the D.VII. Although many more were ordered, probably only 100 were actually built, and many survived the conflict to be distributed among the Allies as reparations. Several came to the USA, and were used in movie work in the late twenties, and four originals survive, at the NASM (Washington, DC), Australian War Memorial (Canberra, ACT) , the French Air and Space Museum (Paris), and the Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA). In addition, at least one replica has been built, this one done at Phoenix's Deer Valley Airport, AZ. This was built with the idea of flying it, but it has reportedly been sold to a museum in Germany, where it is destined to become a static display. It is illustrated in this review, as I was invited to photograph it upon its rollout in August, 2009. I was hoping to see it fly, but the management at Deer Valley frowned upon the use of their paved runway by a plane equipped only with a tailskid, and a tailwheel would have destroyed the authenticity of the replica. Not very sporting chaps, these.

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